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Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:28 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Plenty of reasons have been offered in the wake of Will Muschamp's surprising departure for the Florida head coaching job: the chance to take over a program as ready-built as the Gators', his hometown ties to Gainesville, the chance to build his own handpicked staff from scratch rather than inherit Mack Brown's choices, and maybe most prominently, fatigue from waiting for Brown to hand over the Texas head coaching chair Muschamp had been promised.

That last reason may have picked up a little extra steam this morning, as columnist Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman claims that Muschamp had already been promised a date to take over the Longhorns ... and that Brown had blown the deadline off :
At least one source told me Brown had decided in the offseason to step down at the end of the 2010 season, but he changed his mind after his first losing season at Texas, worried that his legacy had been tarnished.

Muschamp was annoyed by the decision, sources close to the football program have said, and chose to leave what he thought was promised him: arguably the best coaching position in the country because of Texas' enormous resources, facilities and budget and the recruiting edge that is the Lone Star State.

If that's the case, Brown (somewhat ironically) may very well wind up tarnishing his legacy even further. If Muschamp goes on to success at Florida and Brown fails to revive the 'Horns under his overhauled staff , Brown won't just be the coach who went 5-7; he'll be the coach who drove away the coach that would have gotten the 'Horns back from 5-7.

Even that shouldn't be enough to dent Brown's remarkable tenure in Austin, given his laundry list of accomplishments and national championship ring. But there's also no question that it will if that's how things play out. As Bohls points out, the coach-in-waiting scheme embarked on by Brown, Muschamp, and Texas comes with a number of inherent risks. But it's not really the scheme that's been the risk for Brown -- it'll be agreeing to it without a firm date for the baton exchange ... and, if Bohls is right, not living up to a date that Muschamp must have expected was firm enough.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:36 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

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Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:34 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

In all honesty, Florida WILL be fine and so WILL Texas.

Take care.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:56 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

Everyone knows that the Longhorns are an over rated program who never won anything of consequence. I am happy that Will Muschamp is able to become head coach of a great football program that is not ripe with NCAA irregularities and violations.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 5:00 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

Jcowpoke...NOTHING weakens a conference more than having door mats likes Okie State...OH I FORGOT, THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE YEAR....again!!!!  As far as National Televison, by my records OSU has hosted College Gameday THREE times and are combined Oh-fer. 

Here's an idea, why don't you form your OWN conference:

Texas A&M Kingsville, Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Kilgore Jr College, Abeline Chrsitian, and Texas St. will comprise the Boone Division.

OSU, University of North Texas, SMU, Texas Wesleyand, Langston and Cameron University will comprise the Pickens Division.

All games will be played in Pickens Palace...that way OSU could go 9-3 or 10-2 and might win the Tea-Bone Conference. The Conference song will "Money" by Pink Floyd with the Conference logo sporting a diamond-studded Dollar Bill sign on a Stetson Hat over a background of Orange and Black. The conference motto will be, "The Tea-Bone Conference, where dreams are manufactured." 

So keep on criticzing your Daddy...aka Oklahoma Sooners. BTW, Momma's don't let your Gundy's grow-up to be Cow-pokes.


Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:44 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

Cowpoke, put the beer down. Boise didn't beatdown the Sooners. They pulled out a trick play in overtime and Texass beat USC in the last seconds too. Not exactly a beating.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:44 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

I never understood why we anointed Muschamp the head coach in waiting, He is certainly no Gene Chizik and no big loss to us.

Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:14 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

Yea right boomer, OU can dominate so they can go to a BCS game and get thier butt kicked time after time after time! that weakens the conference more than anything else, be on national T.V. and get smacked down by Boise state, we had to come back and slap USC down after they kicked ya'lls ass in florida. 

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:55 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

As a sooner fan i love and hate to see this.  I love it because it really hurts the texas team in the coming years.  Since there is no longer a  championship game, this gives my sooners the chance to run the table every year and play for a championship.  I hate it because its going to make the conference weaker which is the last thing we need.  Good Job Mac Daddy!  Way to screw a program and tarnish a legacy.  He will now go back to mediocrity as the sooners will dominate the BIG XII once again.  Here's to another 7 conference titles in 10 years.

Oh yeah i almost forgot, you might make more money and be the bigger university with better facilities, blah blah blah, but the Sooners still dominate the BIG XII.


Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:54 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

I am going to keep this short.  Kirk Bohls is an idiot.  I've grown up with his "band-wagon" styled writting and I do grow tired of these antics.  He did question Vince Young.  Called for Mac's head the first time he lost to OU.  All of these equate to someone who just needs attention and gets it by just going with the flow enough that his slight deviations aren't taken to heart.  He is the reason I don't read the sports page in the Statesman.  Muschamp left, it's unfortunate, but it happens.  Mac IS entitled to stay as long as he wants.  He is the only coach to bring not one but 2 championship games to Texas.  He has had one losing season.  Bowden and Petterno never got this disrespect, and yes he is that calibur of a coach, so don't try to justify why he isn't.  He brought back the tradition that is Texas football.  So again, in short, Kirk Bohls, put a lid on it and go back to what you should be writting about High School Beach Volleyball in Saganow. 

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:44 pm

Did Mack Brown abandon plan to retire in 2010?

I could believe this to be Muschamp's reasoning.  He's emotional, to a point of destruction at some points.  I refer you to his departure from Auburn.  He threw a hissy fit over a misunderstanding related to his contract.  He even went so far to say he'd never work with/for the Auburn AD.  So he ran off to Texas.  He walks in and had a great season, all though not as great as the DC that followed the same path with less drama (Chizik), and was promissed the HC job when Brown retired.  So Brown decides he's not ready, Muschamp throws another hissy, and as previously done decides on emotion that he's taking his ball and going some where else. 

All that said, I'll be interested to see how being the HC and totally defensive minded will work at UF. 

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