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VIDEO: Mack Brown commencement advice: don't go on Springer

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Via the official Texas Longhorns YouTube channel and CoachingSearch.com, that's video of all 24 minutes' worth of Mack Brown's commencement address delivered to the University of Texas School of Government Friday morning.

As commencement speeches go, it's quality stuff -- hardly a surprise considering that Brown's charisma and public persona were always among his greatest strengths as the CEO of what we might call Longhorn Football Inc. (And to extend the metaphor, remember that it was a business whose stock price rose dramatically during the first decade of Brown's tenure.) But one notorious daytime talk show-related anecdote concerning the classic 2005 national championship triumph was particularly interesting. As transcribed by CoachingSearch.com:

“[Before the game] I'm flipping through TV, and I see this show on that I haven't seen before. It's Jerry Springer. It's kind of got my attention. I'm thinking, ‘Oh my gosh.' Parents, don't show your children. So I watched three 30-minute episodes of Jerry Springer. This is true. I couldn't tell it then, but I'm not coaching anymore. I can do what I want. So I walk into the room, and there's our team. I could tell when I walked into the room, every set of eyeballs is on me, because they're really anxious. They want me to tell them something that's going to help them win the game.

“I sat there and said, ‘OK, No. 1, thank you. Thank you for getting us here. Parents like it, coaches like it, faculty like it, university likes it. It's cool. This is really cool, and we're having a fun ride because of you.' I said, ‘Listen to me now. I'm going to tell you how you're going to win the game.' Oh, boy. Eyes got big. I said, ‘How many of you have ever seen Jerry Springer?' It's really sad. Every one of them raised their hand. I know it comes on at 10:30 in the morning, so they were missing class, which I thought about at that time.

“So I said, ‘OK, let me give you some advice that's going to change your life, but it's also going to help you win the game tonight. If your wife or your girlfriend ever ask you to go on the Jerry Springer show, do not go. I can promise you it's not good.' They did what you did, they laughed. I said, ‘That's right. We're supposed to have fun. We worked hard to get here,' just like today.

The Springer story starts at the 18:30 mark, and yes, it's very much worth a listen.

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