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Longhorn Football in the Mack Brown era
How do we Measure Success?
We have been to two national championship games and have won one. Most people would say that is quite okay. We have had two very high profile quarterbacks ... one that engineered a remarkable comeback win in the Rose Bowl against an outstanding team (team of the century to some pundits) and another who was the winingest QB in college football history.
We had a Heisman Trophy winner who rushed for the most career yards in history.
Come early, be loud and stay late transformed a slacker fan base into a vocal fan base. Mack did that.
The stadium was expanded to seat over 100,000.
We are the only university with our own athletics television network.
We have more big money supporters/donors than any other college - by far.
Our recruiting classes are consistently in the top 10.
Yet ....... the kids do not play hard for us.
We have not had an offensive lineman drafted since 2007.
We have had three subpar years.
Kids are de-committing. Coaches are leaving.
And then there is the massacre in Dallas, 66-21.
For all that Mack did, it is time to come to the realization that Mack has lost it and will never recover. He cannot rebuild the program.
When he fired Greg Davis and hired the new coordinators in 2010 he did it WRONG. He should have hired the coordinators and then let them hire their own assistants. I said so at the time and now I have been proven correct. It's sad in a way because Mack has turned Harsin and Diaz into damaged goods because of the incredibly stupid way he built this staff.
In conclusion I go back to an earlier point: we have not had an offensive lineman drafted since 2007.
Mr. Powers please wake up, smell the coffee and fire Brown and Dodds. Actually given all the heat of the last few weeks all you need to do is find a graceful way to get them to retire. Money usually greases the skids pretty well, and I read that we are rolling in it. Money that is.
But if we fail to act decisively, we will not always be rolling in the money, and that big stadium will not always be filled on Saturdays.
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