Column: Texas needs a coaching change
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
Mack Brown has become an institution through his time at Texas, but after a 1-2 start with losses to BYU and Ole Miss, it might be time for a change.
Brown has been the head coach of the Texas Longhorns since 1997 and has quite the credentials to hang his hat on. He won the National Championship in 2005 as well as Big 12 division titles in 2005 and 2009. Brown also led the Longhorns to the 2010 National Championship game where he was defeated by Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.
Since the 2010 National Championship and graduation of quarterback Colt McCoy, Texas has gone a combined 23-19, including a 5-7 record during the 2010 regular season. This is unacceptable for a program that holds itself to be one of the top tier programs.
At the head of Texas’s problems are its lack of leadership at the quarterback position, which is exemplified by all of the Texas high school quarterbacks that they missed out on.
In 2006 alone they had future No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford, future national champion Greg McElroy and future NFL starters, Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder.
Not to mention that the past two players to win the Heisman Trophy are both Texas born and played for rival Texas colleges.
2012 Heisman Trophy Johnny Manziel was never even offered a scholarship by the Longhorns, despite having them at the top of his college list.
2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III also never received an offer from his state university.
2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, NFL Draft No. 1 pick and Texas native Andrew Luck took an official visit to Texas but never received an offer.
Further exemplifying the decline of Longhorn football has been the success of in state rival Texas A&M. A&M have been ranked as high as sixth this season and have become a contender in the tough SEC Conference after only a year.
The Aggies bolted from the aging Big 12 Conference along with Missouri two seasons ago, leaving behind state rivals Oklahoma and Texas.
With new school offenses and high powered conferences leading the way in college football, maybe it is time to get a new head coach in Texas. Florida head coach Will Muschamp was the apparent heir to the throne, but he left his position of defensive coordinator at Texas for greener pastures in Gainesville.
What Texas needs to is bring in a young coach who could breathe life into the rusting orange of Texas. Vince Young, Earl Campbell or Ricky Williams aren’t running back out of the tunnel again for the Longhorns. The administration needs to begin a new tradition of winning in Austin, before its own fan base tears it to the ground in frustration.