Below you will read a short conversation between Myself,graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and Robert Alexander, my life-long friend and graduate of the University of Texas. I would wish him the best, but Texas Sucks.
Are you happy or sad about Mack brown resignation?
First, lets be honest. Mack Brown didn’t resign, he was fired. He is now part of an exclusive club featuring the likes of Phillip Fulmer, Frank Solich, and Lloyd Carr. And while it’s impossible to say how Tennessee, Nebraska, or Michigan would have performed had their coaches stayed put, we know that none of these teams have managed to field a consistent title contender to this day.
Let’s revisit the good first. Mack Brown has just as many national championships as Bob Stoops. He presided over nine consecutive ten win seasons and an enviable bowl record. It is generally agreed that he is a great recruiter and a genuinely good guy. The bar for success at Texas is high because of the past sixteen years.
Here is the bad as I see it. As proven the last two years, Brown hasn’t always had the best eye for coordinators. He has struggled finding quarterbacks in the post Colt Mccoy era. He also seems to occasionally offer scholarships to players solely on the basis of their blood relationship to other good players (Case Mccoy, Jaxon Shipley). And no Longhorn fan understands why he ever benched Major Applewhite for Chris Simms.
Weighing the good against the bad, I would say that I am disappointed more than anything else. To me, it feels as if Nick Saban’s name was floated around to get Texas fans on board with ousting Brown. After three games, we all wanted him fired but, at the end of the season, Texas was thirty minutes away from a Big XII championship and a BCS bowl with a mid-season replacement defensive coordinator, backup quarterback, backup running back, and several other backups at other positions.Oh yeah, and we beat OU. I’m jumping back on the Mack Brown bandwagon. Am I early enough to call shotgun?
Are you worried about the future?
Yes. See my comments in paragraph one above.
Who do you think the next coach will be?
I believe that Texas will hunt down several big name candidates but get stuck with an unproven coach who will be a relatively unknown quantity for this type of job. Although, based on previous history, it is about time for Urban Meyer to start looking for a new job.
Do you want Art Briles?
No. Just because your neighbor’s wife looks nice and you just got divorced doesn’t mean that she’s the best candidate to be your kids’ new mom.