In many respects, the movement to keep Mack in charge is driven by tradition...the inalienable sense of what the school stands for AND a responsibility to protect it which Alums, Boosters and Fans have. It is, after all, an ideal. It's a belief...arguably, a religion. And as we've seen through millennia, when society is blinded by belief and ignores facts, they often act in a reckless if not harmful way.
One bad year doesn't warrant an ousting of leadership. 3 consecutive years certainly does, particularly when you have off-the-charts program expectations. So IF there is not active consideration of change, this would suggest that things would need to get worse before they get better. We will need to suffer through 13 games of WORSE performance and a season of more losses in order for enough to be enough.
There is a word for this: codependence. The willingness to continue tolerating an unhealthy relationship because you hold so steadfastly to an ideal that you just know it has to get better. ("If I just cheer a little louder...if Mack just claps a little longer.") In the business world, this inability to act would be viewed as a lack of managerial courage and poor command skills.
The facts are that the football business at Texas is underperforming to the expectation born from our tradition and belief of where it "should" be. ("Should" is a dangerous word.) Some of the best recruiting classes in the past several years have been squandered into mediocrity.
Continuing this trend will have an economic impact on the program. As a major revenue generator for the University, there will be shortfalls, which will need to be compensated for elsewhere.
So there is a fairly simple decision: either lower our expectations or make changes that bring possibility of improvement. Because continuing to do the same thing and expect a different result is...well, you know.
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