Mack Brown on video games and stacked iPods


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas coach Mack Brown took advantage of a break in his coaching duties by providing a motivational speech to soldiers at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas,

Brown renewed an old friendship with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, the commander of the Army's 4th Infantry Division. Hammond has known Brown for more than 30 years. Their association began when Hammond was a quarterback at Southern Mississippi and Brown was starting his career as a wide receivers coach under Bobby Collins, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

But the most interesting part of the story were two anecdotes buried deep in the story that provide a revealing glimpse of Brown.

As a way to better relate to his young players, Brown says that he has more than 6,800 songs on his iPod. Brown said he'll often grab the ear buds from one of his players to listen to his favorite songs. He then will add those songs to his own collection.

And when he was recuperating from knee replacement surgery three years ago, Brown said he bought every video game "I could think of" to better understand the hobbies of his players.

"As long as you listen to them," Brown told the Statesman, "there's not a generation gap."

There's a reason why Brown relates to his players so well. It can be seen with his crammed iPod and how he learned to cope with "video gamers' thumb."