Sources: Goodell and Strong to Meet

Three sources told on Thursday NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was planning to visit the Austin-based National Domestic Violence Hotline as well as meet with Texas coach Charlie Strong about Strong's program core value to "Treat Women With Respect."

As of Friday, a meeting involving Goodell and Strong was planned for Sunday, the sources said. DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL players union, was initially scheduled to accompany Goodell on the trip to Austin. But Smith's travel plans may have changed, the sources said.

"Roger Goodell is still planning to come to Austin," one source close to the situation told Thursday afternoon.

NFL and Texas officials declined comment.

Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline), said, "Commissioner Goodell and the NFL are always welcome to visit The Hotline."

In the wake of recent furor over the NFL's handling of domestic violence issues, the NFL is now providing funding to The Hotline (800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224) for more staff.

In a letter to NFL teams, Goodell wrote that The Hotline received an 84 percent increase in calls the week of Sept. 8-15 and that 50 percent of those calls went unanswered because The Hotline was understaffed.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Charlie Strong established his core values with players when he became the head coach at Louisville and hasn't wavered on those values since taking over at Texas. They are:

1) Honesty

2) Treat women with respect

3) No drugs

4) No stealing

5) No guns

Strong on Tuesday announced starting offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle was no longer on the team - the ninth player dismissed by Strong since taking over at Texas in January.

"If a young man doesn't want to be part of this program, just go break a core value of this program," Strong said earlier this year.

Two players - receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander - were dismissed after being charged with raping a co-ed in Meander's dorm room over the summer. Sanders was also charged with improper photography. Strong dismissed the players after doing his own investigation and didn't wait for the legal process to play out.

In a letter to NFL teams, Goodell wrote:

"It was brought to our attention that recent events caused The National Domestic Violence Hotline to receive 84 percent more calls during the week of September 8–15," Goodell wrote. "According to the organization, more than 50 percent of those calls went unanswered due to lack of staff. That must not continue."

The NFL has made a commitment to helping fund staffing and training for The Hotline.

"The NFL and The Hotline have initiated an immediate process to make services available by adding expert advocates, training and other resources to respond to the increased volume of calls," Goodell wrote. "The Hotline will add 25 full-time advocates over the next few weeks that will result in an additional 750 calls a day being answered."

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