By Greg Couch, Fox Sports
Let’s address this right off: The buzz about Mack Brown is that he has gotten old. He is out of touch. The times are moving so fast, that even though Brown had Texas in the national championship game in January of 2010, the richest, biggest college football program in America isn’t relevant anymore.
So that’s why it’s so strange when Brown tells you he feels like a first-year coach all over again. He talks fast, talks about fun, and about the challenge of redefining his comfort zone. He has changed just about everything.
He checks his cell for Tweets.
There is a serious disconnect here between Brown and his critics. I’m siding with Brown, and think the Longhorns will be good again. . .now and in the future.
If his critics don’t think so, and have something they’d like to talk with him about, they can just ask, as long as they sign their names. He has a stack of blank note cards on the desk in his massive office, another stack of envelopes and a pen. He writes back.
I spent about an hour with Brown the other day and asked him about it all, directly, the way he likes it. And when you talk with him, and then spend some time around his program, you sense that this isn’t a team that’s downtrodden or in black and white, but one that has pushed its reset button.
It isn’t easy for people, at any age, to change up things that have worked for them. Brown serves as a lesson in open-mindedness. Will it work? Players have noticed a difference in him, with one saying things aren’t as “boring’’ as they had been.
“I never thought my batteries were dead,’’ Brown said. “I did understand that coming off the national championship game, when you don’t have the year, the next year, that you’re expecting, you’ve got to look really hard at yourself.