WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO TEXAS??
Andrew Hussey; @thehussnetwork
Andrew takes a look at the NCAA super power that once was, the Texas Longhorns, and just exactly what's going on with their football program.
Texas has always been a national power with their number of wins second all time to Michigan. They have four national championships and thirty-two conference championships; two great Heisman winners have come from Texas and they have had at least one player selected in each of the last seventy-one NFL Drafts. Staggering numbers right, but if you venture onto Texas message boards, you would think Mack Brown has never been to a national championship. It’s a burnt orange apocalypse in Austin right now.
Mack Brown has become George W. Bush. Everything that goes wrong is his fault. Everything that goes right never happens.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 15, 2013
Quarterback controversies have plagued Texas ever since with Gilbert, Case McCoy, and David Ash all taking snaps as starting quarterback in that time. Gilbert ended up transferring to SMU after the 2011 season to play in June Jones’s run-and-shoot offense. Coaching changes have also played a role. Will Muschamp, one time head coach in waiting and defense savant, left Texas’s defense in shambles when he took the head coaching job at Florida. Manny Diaz the next defensive coordinator, guided them to the worst defensive seasons in school history in 2012, leading to his subsequent firing after an awful game against BYU this year. Greg Robinson has replaced Diaz, but Robinson was known as the weak link at Michigan under Rich Rodriguez, the defense stunted Michigan’s success during his tenure.
Texas finished the 2011 season 8-5 under David Ash and he also led them the following year to a 9-4 record, but with a massive loss in the Red River Rivalry Game against Oklahoma. This year has not gotten off to a great start for Texas, losing two straight against BYU and Ole Miss, both at home and in poor defensive showings. David Ash has been hurt, but his inconsistency has hampered this offense; the defense itself is putrid, especially against the run. This start and the recent downturn in the program have put Mack on the burnt orange hot seat, and it’s blazing hotter and hotter by the day. A new athletic director is coming in, and he may want to cleanse the program of Brown and hire a new coach.
But, why shouldn’t Texas succeed? They do have one of the most fertile recruiting grounds right in their backyard of the state of Texas; it should be easy to pluck the best high school talent in the state and compile a nationally dominant team. But, no, Mack has slipped and Texas A&M and Manziel and his magic have overtaken the state. And Baylor and Texas Tech have grown into stable programs very capable of recruiting top tier Texas talent. Texas itself is an entity, with its own independent network. But would it have been better off jumping to the SEC just like its former rival in College Station who has found a rebirth in the SEC? Its defense isn’t up to par and they don’t have an elite quarterback in the pass happy Big Twelve in which Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State all have had bigger success than Texas in recent years. But, in a weak conference with cupcakes like Iowa State and Kansas, shouldn’t Texas dominate? Mack Brown deserves to be fired as Texas should be ranked in the top five every year, especially with the resources that he is given.
NFL general managers have been known to ask players about the "soft" label that's been applied to the Texas program. That has to change.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 15, 2013