Ant's Blog: Magic Mack - 09/17/13
I have covered the Texas football program for 16 years. I've seen all the wins and what little losses their have been in 16 years. It's been the glamor years of Texas football since the days of Darrell K Royal. Head Coach Mack Brown has guided the Longhorns for 16 seasons and has got the Horns back to national prominence and a perennial power year after year.
Coach Brown has coached a Heisman trophy winner and a pair of Heisman runner-ups, 52 All-Americans, 71 All-Big 12 selections, 10 Big 12 players of the year, 10 straight wins for nine traight seasons, conference championships and a national championship. I could go on and on and not to mention he has over 150 wins and will eventually crack the Top 10 as one of the all-time winningest coaches in college football history. brown is a legend, a hall of famer, a friend, a hero, a role model, and mentor to so many including myself. Now, it seems like the wins are a distant memory to many people and people have also forget the blood, sweat, and tears Coach Brown has given to the University of Texas over the last 16 years.
I'm not going to talk about 2010 or the win-loss record or the stats over the last four years. It doesn't matter, what matters is now. What matters are the student-athletes, coaches, and staff. What matters is learning about being a fan of your team and supporting your team. Yes, I recognize its been tough going for the Horns the last few years and I'm shocked they are 1-2 right now.
I don't believe in being negative or criticizing kids, I believe in supporting young people and encouraging them. Maybe some of the criticism of coach brown is deserving and maybe some of it isn't but for me, I wont criticize a man who is a pillar of coaching at Texas and in the history of the sport. I wont call out coach brown who resurrected a program that was in decline. I will stick to believing in Mack Brown the coach and person. He is a great ambassador to coaching, student-athletes, and to college athletics. Mack will get this fixed and turned around, soon we will be calling him, "Magic Mack"!! Its not time for anyone to hit the panic button, these kids and coaches have heart, courage, and character.
You learn more about yourself in bad times then good times. You learn whether you want to be a quitter and give up on life or do you want to be tough, resilient and show resolve and courage. These Longhorns could pout and quit and say the heck with the fans, school, and teammates. The coaches could give up on the team and quit on the season. The Horns could finish 1-11, how does that sound??!! It doesn't sound good and trust me, none of these players, coaches, and staff are quitting and giving up on the each other or the season.
They will learn from all this early season adversity. They know they can still set to make a bowl game, win the Big 12 conference and make the BCS. People make say I'm crazy and I'm dreaming when i say all of this, but imagine what you could do if you stayed positive and dreamed big in life. I hope all the Texas fans have hope for their Horns and believe in Mack and the team because they deserve it.