After the news leaked that Lane Kiffin would be hired at Tennessee, I thought I would take a stroll over to Rocky Top Talk to see what their fans were saying, and I ran across a excellent post by "Joel" who paid tribute to all the contributions of Phil Fulmer. Obviously, over the past few year the fans in Knoxville were getting pretty fed up with the lack of on the field success, and most were probably ready for a change. The mistake that Volunteers fans and many fans make is that we become so emotionally involved in our team, that when winning is no longer taking place we are quick to condemn the head coach and forget all previous success that coach has brought us.
You may be asking yourself what does this have to do with Mack and our team? To answer, as Texas fans we have been so accustomed to winning in Mack's tenure in Austin that I'm afraid we are taking for granted what he has brought to the program. We get so wrapped up in the day to day, game to game happenings, that we never take a moment to realize how lucky we are. The fans at Tennessee are just now trying to grasp how great they had it during Fulmer's era, that many are probably shooting themselves for not soaking up all the previous achievements. Now all their hopes and dreams belong to a failed NFL coach that has never been more than a offensive coordinator in college. Let's learn from the mistakes of the Volunteer fans, and try to enjoy the ride we all are on and be grateful for our head coach. This post is not for the folks who have bashed Mack or who get tired of his sometimes annoying idiosyncrasies, it’s for fans like me who become so consumed in all the BCS talk, the current recruiting situation, the x's and o's, and Muschamp's future that we never a take a breath and look at the big picture. I know, "We're Texas", and 10 win seasons and top 5 recruiting classes are supposed to be the norm, but we used to have the likes of John Mackovich running the program and I guarantee many of you were not thrilled to say "We're Texas" at that time. So today when you are sitting in front of the TV rooting for teams who could help us claim a spot in the national championship, take a moment and be thankful for Mack, because with him and we can all proudly say "We're Texas"!