Darrell and N:
Iam willing to give Smart a chance(what choice do I have) ,and I do agree that Patterson should not be a lap dog to the BMD's. However, Texas First is correct when he says that we should be grateful to the BMD's for pushing For Dodd's early retirement and Mack's exit--- without them these last two things would not have been done this year.
I agree that this hire will be totally Pattersons hire---- and that he theoretically will sink or swim with this hire. The problem with this theory is that given our history, AD employees at Texas have NOT often been held accountable....there is nothing in our recent past to assume that would change with Patterson if it ever came the time to replace him....... It seems that we are far too concerned with image--- and how we are perceived . So by dragging our feet on Dodd's and Brown departure( for fear of appearing that all we care about is winning and not academics) we in fact worsen the problem. It just seems that we are not really willing to commit to excellence in our football program:( I mean what good is having all this money.... and this begs another question...what are we doing with it? We have very good facilities ,but are they top 3-4 in the country? The two coaches in the NAtional Championship game are both making less than Strong will make. But I will get behind Strong and hope he succeeds because the alternative is not something I want to relive.