I wish I’d written this earlier this week, because I fully expected today’s uninspiring showing, but it didn’t dawn on me until this afternoon that though there will continue to be a lot of excellent analysis of this program written here and elsewhere, we really need to directly call you out. First, let me tell you that I grew up a TCU fan in Fort Worth (you’ll excuse me, because my parents and all of my extended family went there). In the late 80’s, though, I began watching the teams under Fred Akers and I began to soak up all the information I could on the program’s storied history. I chose to attend the University even though I knew it meant I would not be able to play football - the sport I loved above all else. Though I’d been recruited at a number of colleges, my 6’1”, 190lb frame was just too small to play strong safety for UT. Nonetheless I began to bleed burnt orange, even as the quality of the program began to deteriorate. And bleed I did, as I was there in the stands to see UT rack up humiliating losses to Miami (1991 Cotton Bowl), Rice, TCU, and UCLA (Route 66). And then you guys brought in Mack.
I’ll admit that I didn’t think Mack was “Texas good” when he was chosen as much as he wasn’t “Mackovic bad”. He had some good wins in his first few years, but he also had some bad losses and by 2003 I was the owner of a “firemackbrown.com” t-shirt. When Mack later wisened up enough to let Vince Young have more freedom in his playmaking (thus allowing Vince to lead the team to a National Championship, I decided Mack had balanced the ledger and and I got rid of the shirt. Vince and Colt clearly compensated for some serious shortcomings in the coaching staff and I was wrong to have let Mack off so easily, but I fear many of you are not clear on this. It is for this reason that I appeal to you today
Please, please, for the love of the program, write down what it will take for you to force a change at the top. Maybe it would have been a loss or a last minute win against Kansas today (but unfortunately we’re too late for that now). Maybe it will be a Texas defense that through 9 games is one of the worst in 100+ years, with not a single decent game to its credit. Or maybe it will be an offense that 9 games in struggles against average defensive fronts and which executes game plans that are questionable at best. Whatever it is, write it down and commit to yourself that you will act if Texas finds itself in this place. Do it because though Mack is a good, decent man who has shepherded the program and kept it clean, he lacks the perspective and other qualities needed to connect with his team and to to get them to perform to the greatest extent of their abilities. He has lost this team, but I fear your loyalty and risk-aversion blinds you to this, as well as the fact that there are other coaches we could pursue who are “Texas good”. The data doesn’t lie, my friends, and the data shows quite clearly that no program has done less with more than Texas has in the last 10 years. If you think others aren’t paying attention, I assure you we’ve already suffered some unnecessary recruiting losses to everyone from Oregon to A&M for the next 2 years. I cannot prove it, but I know it.
In closing, I’ll add that I did not watch the Baylor game nor the Kansas game, as I promised myself I would not watch another game until the program earned the loyalty I’ve so unquestioningly provided for over 20 years. Actually, I did confess that I did watch 5-10 minutes of today’s game just to see if the defense continued to make late adjustments, tackle poorly, and to take bad angles. I watched to see if the offense looked like a top 25 group, and I was quickly reassured on all counts that nothing has changed. In over a month. Nothing. The data does not lie, my fellow Longhorns, so I beseech you - don’t keep lying to yourselves out of some misguided notion of loyalty. We have done right by Coach Brown. Now it is time to commit yourself to action.
(respectfully submitted at BON and BC)