Matthew McConaughey is a Texas grad, friends with Mack Brown and has dropped in to visit Charlie Strong at practice to speak to the Longhorns in 2014. His ties to the football program date back to his time as a student and have been strong, so his recent move to the faculty side of things at UT comes as no surprise.
That's right, Professor McConaughey was introduced by the school this week. According to Texas, he will be teaching a filmmaking course with Gary Ross. The two worked together on the recently released American war film Free State of Jones.
In honor of McConaughey's new role, we've laid out some of the best and worst messages he could send to the Longhorns' football team, in the form of movie quotes from his lengthy filmography.
First the inspirational, introspective and motivational messages:
We Are Marshall: "When you take that field today, you've got to lay that heart on the line, men. From the souls of your feet, with every ounce of blood you've got in your body, lay it on the line until the final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose. We may be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game, but if you play like that, we cannot be defeated."
Interstellar: "We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we've barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us."
A Time to Kill: "And until we can see each other as equals, justice is never going to be even-handed. It will remain nothing more than a reflection of our own prejudices."
Mud: "There are fierce powers at work in the world, boys. Good, evil, poor luck, best luck. As men, we've got to take advantage where we can."
Now, the lessons or advice that could land some of the current Longhorns in Charlie Strong's doghouse.
Dazed and Confused: "Let me tell you this, the older you do get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N."
[NOTE: This is where, the "say man you got a joint?" and the quotes about high school girls from Dazed and Confused should be obvious no-no's for Texas football]
Magic Mike: "Fact is, the law says you cannot touch! But I think I see a lotta lawbreakers up in this house tonight."
True Detective: "I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself -- we are creatures that should not exist by natural law... We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody... I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction - one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal."