I think about everyone other than Mack Brown has read about his demise as the football coach of the University of Texas. Earlier this week, there were reports that Brown was ready to announce his resignation, and that he had told recruits he was resigning. Apparently, that’s changed and last night at the UT football banquet, Clappin Mack didn’t even mention the controversy swirling around him:
Brown wants to, and should go out in his own way. After all, he’s coached that team to a national title and played in two national title games.
Still, the talent level at Texas is undeniably not what it used to be. Unfortunately, many local sports commentators believe that it is. With that being said, Brown hasn’t been exactly known as a stellar teacher in regards to football. Chris Simms said he learned more in his first training camp than he did in his four seasons at UT. Simms admittedly has been critical of the program. Vince Young went on to be a notable NFL bust despite extreme talent, while Colt McCoy also failed in the role of starter.
I do love the hubris of the UT leadership. You’ve heard all kinds of nonsense about Nick Saban coming to UT, and Texas going into the NFL coaching ranks to pull out a Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll or Mike Tomlin. Why would those coaches leave the pinnacle of their profession to go to any college team totally dependent on the whims of polls? You lose one game and you’re done. Plus you have these boosters, spoiled by Clappin Mack’s relative success. Besides Texas’ 2005 national title team, the last national title had been won in 1970 by legendary coach Darrell K. Royal. Nick Saban has won as many national titles as the University of Texas. Texas has money … lots of money, and that has to be the main deciding factor in any coach’s decision to go there.