Orangebloods.com has learned that senior safety Josh Turner, after meeting with Charlie Strong this week, will remain on the team as the Longhorns get ready to start fall camp on Monday.
Various reports on Friday indicated Turner had been formally dismissed from the team, but Orangebloods.com reported later that day that Turner had yet to meet with Strong and no formal decision had been made. Turner and Strong met earlier this week and talked again on Wednesday, and Turner has indicated to those close to him that he remains part of the UT program.
"He's grateful to be part of the program, to have the opportunity to finish his degree. He's close to getting his degree and he's very happy about that," said one of Turner's former high school coaches, Kevin Cox, who spoke with Turner on Wednesday afternoon. "He's excited about having the chance to better himself as a person and a student.
"He's still on the team and he's very thankful that things turned out the way they have."
A fourth-year player out of Oklahoma City Millwood, Turner was a projected starter heading into the 2014 season. Cox indicated that Turner could have some hurdles to cross in fall camp, but said Turner is excited to get back to workouts and remain a part of the Longhorn program in the upcoming season.
"I believe he's back in all team functions. He said he'll be suited up for camp, and he just wants to better himself as a player, improve himself overall. And he's excited to keep doing his progression academically."
Turner has appeared in 37 career games with five starts. Last year, as a junior, he started three games and recorded 37 tackles on the year with one fumble recovery.