Skip to comments.The quiet, final hour of Mack Brown's tenure
Posted on 12/31/2013 8:22:47 AM PST by bestintxas
The final moments of Mack Browns career at Texas were neither triumphant nor tearful. Just quiet.
He walked off the Alamodome field surrounded by noise but not saying a word. He gathered his team for his final locker room speech. And one hour later, he was gone.
He left the building as Texas former head coach, his hellish 16th season finally complete with a 30-7 loss to No. 10 Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl. And there was unmistakable finality to this.
Mack Brown congratulates QB Case McCoy after a first-half TD, but little else went right for Brown and the Horns in his final game as Texas coach. He lost his last game in burnt orange in many of the same ways Texas lost four other games in 2013. His quarterbacks struggled, a slim margin of error killed by two interceptions for Oregon touchdowns. The run game couldnt win all by itself. The defense fared admirably but couldnt shut down Marcus Mariota.
I thought they tried as hard as they could tonight, Brown said. We played a really good football team. I thought that quarterback looked like one I saw play for us a while back.
A once-great program that now has no on-field identity and few discernable advantages lost to a powerhouse. This, quite simply, was why Browns time is finished.
Much of the fan base bolted to the exits in the middle of the fourth quarter. Those who stayed did so to chant and clap for their coach.
When it was over, Brown did what he always did: He walked to the sideline and threw up the horns as The Eyes of Texas blared. As the cameras and reporters engulfed him, he could barely see the band.
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Texas's chief problem since reaching the pinnacle of the National Championship game in 2010 was how to replace its leader Colt McCoy.
He had it right in front of him and decided to pass.
Add that Jameis Winston this year’s Heisman said he wanted to be a Longhorn and wasn’t even offered a visit sealed his deal. Texas booster say they have more money than anyone but the Vatican , say hello to Florida State’s Jimbo Fischer as the next Texas coach.
Is Hayden Fry still retired ?
Bobby Bowden should be rested and ready and he has a great record.
Yep. Look at all the teams in the b12. They’re filled with players who wanted be be Longhorns.
Time for the former “Head Coach in Waiting” to take over....Please!
Rumor has Penn State’s Bill O’Brien going to Texas. Then again one of PSU’s top recruits says that “BoB” told him otherwise in a phone call.
Thank you for that accurate statement. It is sickening to hear all of the announcers falling all over themselves in worship of Mack Brown! They continue to repeat and highlight his wins (with a HUGE number of them over the pre-conference push-overs), but don’t mention his many FAILURES.
Bottom line - Mack won ONLY TWO CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 16 YEARS!!! No one seems to mention that pathetic and unacceptable record. Mack evolved into a glad handing politician and a thin skinned coach when it came to any criticism. He frittered away talent and didn’t have the first clue about developing said talent!
Did Mack do good things to get the program back on track at Texas when he got there? Yes, of course he did - and no one can take that away from him. Is he a nice guy? Most say he is. But the man is not a great coach. Records have a funny way of speaking for themselves and Mack’s caught up with him. Two conference championships in SIXTEEN YEARS is the bottom line - not bundling victories over tiny schools and crowing about your win record! I’m delighted he’s gone!
Lucky for t.u. Mariota didn’t have leg cramps in the 2nd half, and thus wasn’t running...otherwise it might have been 50-7..
Mack won as many National Titles as Gene Chizik (where is he now?), with a once in a generation quarterback in Vince Young.
A superman qb can certainly help any coach.
Drew Brees at Purdue was a welcome boost for Joe Tiller.
Wonder if t.u. would consider asking Urban...?
I agree. But when are you Ags gonna give up your juvenile “tu” reference? It’s as pathetic as Mack Brown’s conference championship record.
Yes but even at age 84 given the mega-millions big schools are paying now, he might interview, LOL.
In the spirit of your brutally honest assessment, I hereby pledge to forgo using “t.u.” for the rest of the year.. (g)
Hope Texas goes after Mike Gundy. Heck... he’s already got a lot of orange crap he can wear...
Interesting game. I knew Oregon was good, but I expected a closer finish. Texas really got whupped.
So tomorrow you’ll continue the practice on Jan 1st - ha, ha. That sounds strangely like an MSNBC announcement after they get caught insulting someone. But those antics are very typical of aTm.
OSU is one of the few schools on par with Texas in prestige, donor money and fan base. If he was anywhere else but OSU, I’d say yes. Urban is in his home state, and will likely dominate the Big Ten for a long as he wants to. I am not sure if his salary, so big TX money might be the only thing that might change that.
HA I didn’t even have to look at the poster to see who it was
I must say, he does look real good in burnt orange.
that's why he might jump..Bama exposed ND last year..and I think that Clemson wins easy.
As an old school type of fellow who has followed college football since the 1957 season, I have become heartsick over the status of the game. Wins and championships have always been the holy grail of CFB, but when championships become the only measure of success for a coach or a program, something is not right in the world.
As a TOSU alum, you are welcome to Urban Myer. My dissatisfaction with him is not wins or losses, but rather that he represents what is wrong with the game today.
And we love him in Florida Orange
Keep your mitts off our coach. :)
(I really don’t think he’s going anywhere.)
So does the rest of the SEC.
I will never forgive Mack for the way he treated Major during his senior year.
Disgraceful, and hiring him as an offensive coordinator is not an apology but some type of forgiveness episode to make him feel better. just like the way libs treat blacks.
Maybe Coach Boom still has property in Texas...
“Yep. Look at all the teams in the b12. Theyre filled with players who wanted be be Longhorns.”
Maybe. But, they got over it. And, now they’re quite happy to be on teams that win conference championships instead.
Not trying to hijack the thread, but Clemson isn’t beating anybody. OSU may be overhyped, but Clemson hasn’t beaten anyone this year and lost big to the only highly ranked teams they played. Clemson will be destroyed by a not so great OSU team. The ACC will lose again when Auburn (the SEC’s third best team ) easily puts away FSU. No one from the ACC plays big boy football and that’s just a fact.
Since you started your New Year's Eve drinking so early, I hope you have a designated driver.
I hear you and feel the same way. Mack showed his true colors when he sucked up to papa Simms to push Major aside for Chris - who was mediocre at best. He’s a politician & salesman who will do well in the glad-handing world, but Texas will be MUCH better off without him as coach - if they hire a committed coach who knows how to recognize and develop talent.
I haven’t gotten even one conference championship.
Re: Conference championships:
Many are called, and few are chosen.
I think you may have missed the point I way trying to make..or perhaps I made it badly..your assessment of Clemson is 100% correct..no argument here..the choked against SC and FSU..they got clocked..and when ( OK..if you prefer, "if" )they beat OSU..that confirms that the B1G is way overrated, and the Buckeyes are the best of a very bad conference, with a very inflated record..
Partaking a little early?
LOL! Thanks for the laugh.
Check out any ranking of donor money, fan base, etc and Ohio State is in the top five, with Texas usually at the top and Ohio State usually #2 or close to it.
He’s lost one game in two years so far with a team that isn’t even his. Meyer will not only have the tradition of OSU but also the recruiting ties in Florida and SEC country to pick off good recruits. Like Charlie Strong at Louisville who has sucked up top players out of S FL, Meyer is that on steroids. I would put Urban Meyer near the top of the list in terms of football IQ and recruiting skills, behind Saban and maybe no one else. I agree, the Big Ten has been down overall, but so has everyone but the SEC the past decade. I am not an Ohio State fan first, but Tressel ran a great program and was top 1-2 in the country quite often with one BCS championship. Meyer picked up a wounded team that lost a lot of talent from the scandal and scholarship limits for the short term. I have no doubt he will be a regular fixture in the new format’s top 4.
I do think it was a blessing they lost to MSU because they would not have done well this year with either FSU or Auburn. They aren’t at that level yet.
On this 2010 list, Ohio State is 8th, while Texas is number one.
I can’t quite agree with you on Meyer’s genius..Gators have a built in advantage with the tremendous talent pool in state. Meyer got hot at the same time that both FSU and Miami hit a rough streak..Programs are cyclical..
We see here in Florida the flaws in Meyer’s program..the type of kids he brought in.. ( see Hernandez, Aaron, et al) the weak discipline standards..he got out while the getting was good. Boom did a superb job last season...except for the Bowl loss..injuries were brutal this season.. I think Boom is a great DC..but over his head as a head coach..
What you say about Charlie Strong is 100% true..he’s the real deal..I’d also point out that he was on Meyer’s staff when they won the two titles..
My apologies! I assumed your OSU was Oklahoma State University, lol - and that did give some of us a laugh. Not accustomed to Ohio State being referred to as OSU.
You are absolutely correct about the donor money, fan base, etc regarding Ohio State being closely aligned with Texas.
I also look at Meyer in Utah and at Bowling Green before that. He usually takes a team and immediately goes undefeated with the previous guy’s talent. I know there are questions about his team discipline, etc, and some is valid. I also think it’s a mixed bag. For example, he did kick out Cam Newton of all people at Florida. Time will tell, but right now the numbers seem to show he’s pretty good.
Haha. I was wondering about that, because a couple people jumped on that statement. It felt very 'rivalry-esque'. OK State...definitely not in the same league as those big universities....no question there.
AKA "T Boone Pickens U."