I'm not going to act like I know what is going on in 2010 with our Texas Longhorns football team. Honestly, I really am stunned by our season and it's hard to add anything that hasn't already been said but I have two thoughts and am curious as to what everyone thinks in how it relates to the 2010 disappoint of a season.
2008 - We thought we were "one year away" due to Colt McCoy's mediocre 2007 season, a very young secondary and a new coordinator. McCoy plays like a Heisman candidate, we beat OU 45-35, lose to Tech on a last second play and end up being placed out of the Big 12 Championship game due to the Big 12 tiebreaker rules. This was hard to swallow for all of us because we beat OU but I guess rules are rules despite some of the media's effort to put us where we deserved to be. We beat a good tOSU team in the BCS Fiesta Bowl and OU loses to Florida in the MNC and we are left thinking what if we had played Florida instead?
In between: Will Muschamp declared headcoach in-waiting for Texas. Will Muschamp named headcoach in waiting when Mack Brown is at the top of his game. It was a bit of an odd mood but it locked in a defense coordinator who could bring Mack Brown his 2nd title. Jordan Shipley granted another year (just think about how huge this way for the 2009 team's success on offense)
2009 - Before 2008, THIS is the year we all knew would be our best shot at the MNC with McCoy. We struggle mightily offensively in many games but still manage to go through the regular season undefeated largely thanks to our defense (except A&M) and our special teams play. We play Alabama in the MNC and we lose McCoy on the fifth play of the game. We have to put a freshmen QB that got very little playing time in the game and, well, we almost came back but ultimately fell short.
With what is said above, I really think Mack Brown just isn't the same after these two years. I think he was desperate for the second national title (he still is) and those two years had this big emotional negative effect on him and he hasn't been able to recover as seen by the team just not looking like a very good team this year.
Think back to 2008. We tried really hard to get into the game we deserved to play in. Mack tried hard. And then in 2009, when Colt McCoy went down, I just think Mack lost it. He lost it during the offseason and just hasn't recovered. Psychologically, I just don't think he cares. This is all just random guesses. I can see how these two seasons can have an effect on one person. Two legitimate shots at the national title and neither worked out fairly. Yes, you play the game but I just don't think Mack Brown is the same headcoach he once was. You can debate if he was ever good and blah blah but I think these two seaons changed Mack Brown...maybe forever.