Urban Meyer leaving college football is a loss to the sport, hopefully a temporary one. That said, all the love he's receiving now, along with Patterson's AP selection has me wondering if/when Mack Brown will ever get the love he's earned as a hugely successful coach - OUR hugely successful coach in Austin.
I admit I was a part of the "FireMackBrown.com" chanters back in the early 2000's after watching so many of his talented teams fail to reach their potential, as I was particularly disgusted by the 60-something to single-digit-something throttlings we received from OU. But long ago I made my mea-culpa and began to truly appreciate what we have on the 40 Acres.
But it seems like the national media and those who confer these awards on coaches haven't begun to appreciate his contributions to college football. It's always the "Mr. February" or "with all that talent they SHOULD win" commentary that scuttles the recognition the man is due. Do they really think the talent comes to Austin on its own? Do they really think MB hasn't been impacted by revolving door assistant coaches moving on to greater things like Stoops, Saban or others who regularly get recognized?
It will be a travesty of historical proportions if Coach Brown were to put in another 3-5 years in Austin, win more NC's and continue the streak of 10+ win seasons without being recognized by his peers, sports media and fans for the immense talent he's become.
I've voted in the http://www.coachoftheyear.com poll (only open till this Tuesday, 12/29 midnight) like the Texas Exes have asked us to do. We can vote daily - know that all Meyer's supporters are going to direct their sympathy votes towards him in the next two days. This is just one of the possible COTY awards out there. I wish AP had recognized him, no slight to Patterson, but c'mon!?!?
Mack has earned our love, respect and admiration for consistency and results. We all hope he delivers another glass football to Austin in a few weeks. He's not going to get much national love this season regardless of the results of January 7th. But if we have another 10+ win season next year with a new QB he will have earned it. And it's not too early to start the drumbeat for a man who turned around one of his biggest skeptics who now sees just how under-appreciated his leadership in his profession (new contract millions aside) is.