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Bohls: Plain and Simple, It's Time for Mack Brown to go


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WACO —

 

Mack should leave.

 

Plain and simple. It’s time to go.

 

For everybody’s sake, chiefly the future of the Texas football program, but also for the well-being and state of mind of one Mack Brown. He doesn’t need this weekly handwringing any more, and sadly Texas needs someone else to take the program to where the Longhorns need to be.

 

It’ll be hard to say goodbye, and trust me, there is no guarantee that Brown will pull the plug on the career of the best football coach Texas has ever had not named Darrell Royal. He restored the program to national prominence, won the school’s first national title in 35 years and made Longhorns proud.

 

As Brown’s friend and attorney Joe Jamail told me this week, “Mack has not made any kind of a decision, but if he thinks he’s not any longer good for the University of Texas, he’ll decide not to stay. We’ve been real good to Mack, and he’s real grateful. I’m surprised people are raising so much hell, but loyalty’s a fleeting emotion. The shortest emotion human beings have is gratitude.â€

 

But it’s no longer about gratitude. It’s about greatness and whether Texas can find it again with Brown. The answer seems to be no.

 

Asked after Texas’ 30-10 loss if he personally wants to stay on, Brown said, “I’m not talking about any of that tonight. I’m in the same position I was when I’ve been asked the other 15 times. We’ll talk about the team tonight.â€

 

My guess is Brown truly wants to stay and see this through and try to return the Longhorns to the mountaintop. That doesn’t look to be in the cards, but I’m not sure even Mack wants to go through the weekly emotional lynchings again of should-he-stay, should-he-go as he has in 2013. Lose a September game to UCLA next season and the chatter begins anew. That’s not healthy for the coach or the players.

 

At 62, Brown has the same drive, same energy and same passion as he did in 1998. But critical injuries, devastating decisions on quarterbacks — is it asking too much to get a few snaps for Tyrone Swoopes, to run a trick play or even throw a pass to a tight end, which we hear is still legal? — and irreversible momentum have conspired against him. It isn’t working, even though Brown has poured his heart and soul into this program.

 

“And he’s still pouring it in,†defensive coordinator Greg Robinson said.

 

About a half-dozen players, including Case McCoy, Jackson Jeffcoat, Cedric Reed, Jaxon Shipley and Mason Walters, were unified in support of Brown.

 

“We all love coach Brown,†junior wide receiver Jaxon Shipley said, “and we would love for him to continue to be our coach.â€

 

No one wants to fire Mack Brown. It’d be like firing Santa Claus. Bill Powers doesn’t want to fire Mack. Steve Patterson doesn’t want to fire Mack. But I think they’d prefer he step down on his own volition. Patterson will talk to Brown when both are in New York, starting Sunday.

 

Yes, Virginia, there is a Mack Brown, and he might have to grudgingly leave Texas after 16 largely successful seasons punctuated by the last four years of discontent. A mediocre 30-20 record and a 5-15 record against ranked teams since 2009 are not becoming of a franchise as proud as this one.

 

He may need to leave to appease a fractured fan base and bring optimism to a program that’s sorely lacking it. Someone else needs to find the right quarterback, the next Colt or Vince to return Texas to national prominence. David Ash is supposed to be healthy for the spring and beyond, but he’s not special. Anyone see a national champion out of this roster?

 

With a decisive loss to Baylor on a frigid Saturday that was so cold and blustery that McCoy was rendered almost useless, the Longhorns fell to 8-4 again with hopes of moving up a peg from the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl into the Alamo Bowl if Oklahoma snags a BCS at-large berth.

 

Under Mack since 2009, Texas in effect has become an 8-4 program.

 

Good, but hardly good enough.

 

Sure, Texas can lower its standards, but that’s not what lured ESPN into creating the Longhorn Network. If ESPN wanted to do that, you’d be watching the Aggie Network.

 

Brown is a good and decent man. I love the guy. He abides by the NCAA rules and has been squeaky clean. He’s glib, perfect for Texas’ image and he’s obsessed with making Texas better.

 

But he’s also raised the Texas banner to a level that he can’t continue to reach. Four years are enough time to regain Texas’ standing, and even though the Longhorns were playing for the Big 12 championship Saturday, they were completely outplayed by a better Baylor team.

 

Four Texas losses this year, four blowouts. Where’s the progress in that?

 

In the end, he has been done in by his own supreme recruiting deficiencies at quarterback and a lack of bold leadership that demands accountability from his players.

 

On Thursday, the school president raved about Brown’s track record.

 

“He’s been a very successful coach here,†Powers said. “He’s represented this school extremely well on and off the field.â€

 

Past-perfect tense. Past time.

 

Edit: Forgot Link http://www.statesman.com/news/sports...own-to-/ncFKs/

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Thanks for sharing. Not a Bohls fan, but that sums it up pretty well.

 

I have been saying that Mack Brown 2.0 (post Alabama) has not been able to live up to what Mack Brown 1.0 built. It is time (past) to move on for the sake of both Texas and Mack Brown. I thought he deserved a chance after the first year of this slide to try and get it back on track. But this is now year 4 and it is pretty obvious that we will not be a great team under Mack's leadership again. We can maybe be a slightly above average team that makes a decent run occasionally ultimately falling on our face against the elite teams.

 

I appreciate what Mack has done, as much off the field as on, since he got here. However since Alabama this version of Mack has done nothing but tarnish his legacy and take much of what he helped build back down a few notches.

 

Unfortunately what is easy for many of us to see is not always as clear to those closest to the fire.

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