Optimism is not something that is roaming freely at the moment for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns. After an offseason filled with aspirations of a 12-0 season, this team was brought back down to earth quickly last week by BYU. Then, tonight, they were handed a 44-23 beatdown by the Ole Miss Rebels.
Even with the sudden change this week with the firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, this Longhorns defense gave up 40 points yet again under the watch of new coordinator Greg Robinson.
One of the issues that always seems to stem from the downturn of a program is the absence of fans in the stands. Or, sometimes worse, fans show up to publicly display their disdain for the current happenings. If the latter is the case, then people will show up to make sure that their opinion of wanting Mack to ride off into the sunset is heard.
However, in his postgame comments, Brown made sure to mention that he doesn’t want it like that. He wants the fans to show up in support of what matters most, the effort of the kids in the pads:
Mack Brown, imploring fans to show up next week: “Forget the coaches. Come for the kids.”
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 15, 2013
I appreciate the effort, Mack. However, this is not, in any way, going to relieve a bit of the pressure off of yourself. You’re the head coach of Texas–for now–so deal with it.