Even towards the end of Mack Brown’s tenure coaching the Texas Longhorns football team things were better, on the field, than they were in the 3 seasons with Charlie Strong at the helm.
Brown went 8-5, 9-4, and 8-5 and his last 3 seasons with Texas. Then Strong came in and went 6-7, 5-7 and 5-7 in each of his 3 seasons, giving UT its first three-straight losing seasons since the late 1930s. Enter: Tom Herman, who has 20 years of experience recruiting the state of Texas and has the weight of the Longhorn World on his shoulders now.
Well with the PGA Tour in North Texas this weekend for the AT&T Byron Nelson, Brown and Herman played with each other in the pro-am on Wednesday.
The former head coach had some words of wisdom for the new guy (who he once worked for earlier in his career). Brown told the Dallas Morning News:
“This team hasn’t had a winning season for three years. So like I told Tom, you may have good players, you’ve got a good staff, but this team needs to learn how to win. And until you do that, winning is not easy. It’s really hard. When people are winning all the time it looks easy, but it’s really not. So I think the big question for Texas is ‘When can they get the mindset to finish in the fourth quarter and start winning some of those games they’re losing?'”
Brown also admitted what many of us have been saying and know, Texas needs to improve not only for itself, but for the entire credibility of the Big 12 conference, adding, “This area needs it, the state needs it, but also the Big 12 needs it. Oklahoma played great last year and they were a team that has been in the mix in the end. Texas has not been for a number of years. College football and the Big 12 need Texas back in the mix.”
Even if you are an Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, or TCU fan that can’t stand Texas, you should want this team to get back to being nationally relevant again. As Mack Brown said, the Big 12 “needs it”.
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