Mack Brown had better toughen up

October, 26, 2012
10/26/12
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The mighty Texas Longhorns football team is soft these days. They follow their head coach Mack Brown's lead.

It's shameful, really.

Once upon a time, not too long ago, Brown was one of college football's best coaches and the Longhorns were one of college football's best programs.

The Longhorns won a title in 2005, and played for another in 2009.

Since then, they're 19-15. And two weeks ago, the Longhorns declined to compete, and Oklahoma destroyed Texas 63-21.

Who thought it was possible that the Longhorns would fail to compete a year after OU stomped Texas 55-17? All of that is awful, as is the Longhorns defense that's allowed 46.8 points per game against their past five opponents.

And it doesn't help that Brown spent some time this week whining about his commitments to the Longhorn Network, which has a 20-year, $300 million partnership with ESPN.

"I didn't ask for it," Brown told Orangebloods.com. "...We were given a deal that we had no input in. It's a true advantage [for opponents]. They can watch our attitude, they can watch our coaches.

"There has to be some give-and-take. It is what it is. It's part of my job because [athletic director] DeLoss [Dodds] and [president] Bill Powers have told me it is."

Whatever.

Texas gets its pick of the state's best athletes every year. No school has better facilities or generates more cash. The Longhorns have tradition. And fantastic facilities. And Sixth Street.

What they don't have is a legitimate excuse for underachieving ever since QB Colt McCoy left.

Click here for the rest of Jean-Jacques Taylor's commentary on ESPNDallas.com.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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