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Bob's Blog: Mack Brown's Legacy
Updated: Sunday, December 15 2013, 11:29 PM CST
In July of 1999 I was working for a TV station in Columbia, Missouri. Big 12 Media Days was taking place in my hometown of Dallas, and on one of the nights they had a media reception. I brought by giddy Longhorn fan father because I had read Mack brown would attend, and I had hoped my dad would have a chance to meet him. Sure enough I had the opportunity to introduce myself and my father to UT's then second-year head coach.
Mack has the uncanny ability to make you feel like he's known you forever and immediately did that with my father and me. He asked my dad about his time on the forty acres and my dad told him he attended in the late 60's and met his wife at Texas among some other things.
Fast forward to Big 12 Media Days in Kansas City a year later. I walk up to reintroduce myself to Coach Brown - I haven't seen him in a year and had only met him once - and not only did he say hello to me before I could get a word out, he said - "How's your dad? Went to Texas in the DKR years - amazing time for him. He met his wife there too, right?"
While I certainly appreciate the time I had covering Coach Brown - even when he'd rib me about a bad Mizzou loss - I know my parents and many other Longhorn fans do too. For those that don't remember where this program was in 1997, take a few minutes to reflect what he's done.
I mean, my parents named their dog Mack for crying out loud. If that's not gratitude for a job well done, I don't know what is.