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Elites suffer (brief?) bout of mediocrity

Originally Published: August 8, 2011
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Texas has one of the richest athletic departments in the country, and the Longhorns got a lot wealthier when the school signed a 20-year, $300 million deal earlier this year to launch its own TV network in conjunction with ESPN.

The Longhorns sit in the middle of one of the country's most fertile recruiting grounds for college prospects, and their football facilities are the envy of just about every other program in the country.

But during last season's disastrous 5-7 ...

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