Thursday, December 6, 2012

Texas President: Coach Brown has my full support

Coach Brown has my full support
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Now that the Longhorn football team has finished its regular season, there has been an increase in media speculation about Coach Mack Brown's future. I'd like to state unequivocally that Coach Brown has my full support as well as the support of Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. Put succinctly, Mack Brown is and will remain the Longhorns' head football coach.

Coach Brown restored Texas' winning tradition. He embodies the Texas character, is a superb ambassador for The University of Texas, and runs a program that is both winning and clean, a program that all alumni and fans can and should be proud of. Mack cares about the young men on the team as people, as students, and as players, in that order, and he models the kind of leadership that will serve our players for the rest of their lives.

I look forward to watching this young team win the Alamo Bowl and continue to grow in seasons to come.

Hook 'em Horns!

This doesn't sound like the typical "vote of confidence" that university officials give coaches who are on the verge of being fired.

Since being soundly beaten by Alabama in the 2010 BCS Championship Game in Pasadena for the 2009 National Championship, Texas has gone 5-7, 8-5 and 8-4 under Brown. He won the 2006 BCS Championship Game against USC with Vince Young at QB and running a spread offense. That 2005 offense was one of the most prolific in college football.

Since that fateful night in Pasadena, Brown has attempted to transition from the spread to a power football philosophy, and the growing pains have showed. That said, with a win against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl on December 29, Brown can point to steady improvement, despite a number of Meltdown worthy blowout losses in each of the three years.

Brown is universally regarded as one of the "good guys" in college football. All of his peers respect and admire him. A growing faction of the Texas fan base still want him tarred, feathered, drawn, quartered, keel-hauled, hanged and then fired.

Looks like they'll have to wait.

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