I won’t link to Bohl’s column, because he doesn’t deserve the links, but he’s finally right about one thing: the time has come to let Mack go.
Mack Brown’s got it down pat by now. Lose by a lopsided margin to Oklahoma, this time by 63-21.
Pretty much. In 15 seasons, Mack is 6-9 against ou; 4 of them blowout losses. This is Texas’ biggest rival in a game that has usually determined conference and national championship appearances, and too often, the team comes out flat like they did yesterday.
Brown soft-pedals his grievances out of fear of offending mommas and high school coaches. It filters down to the players.
Can’t say I disagree with any of this.
Mack’s program has spiraled out of regular Top 10 contention as Bobby Bowden’s did during his final, sad years at Florida State.
Ouch, but yeah, so it appears.
Through the last 2 ½ seasons, Texas is an unimpressive 17-14, and has now lost nine straight games to teams ranked in the AP’s Top 25. That’s not just a problem; it’s a pattern.
Preach on Brother Bohls!
I’ve never considered Mack to be a coach on the level of Saban, etc. He’s a manager and for several years he did a decent job of managing the program. The 2010 season was downright awful, but it looked like things were getting turned around last season, and this year, I thought the team had a chance to go 10-2. Apparently, I was seriously deluded, particularly about the defense.
I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the early games against Wyoming and New Mexico, but we saw the issues there that have become apparent in later games, though I figured we would work them out. We haven’t. The Oklahoma State game happened, then we couldn’t stop a W. Virginia team that was stuffed by Texas Tech. I don’t have an issue with Manny Diaz’s overall scheme (I like it actually), even if he doesn’t always make the right call, but it’s becoming apparent, the players can’t execute it, and if they can’t execute the scheme, I don’t understand why we don’t try something they can execute (of course, they would still have to tackle which seems to be a problem).
After 15 seasons, it’s time. Hopefully, Mack can just retire, because he has done a lot of good for the program (a Rose Bowl win, 1 national championship and another national championship appearance), and overall, is a good representative for the school.
But Mack isn’t the only one that needs to go. I seriously fear watching the games the rest of this season with the way this defense is playing.
If you want to read the whole thing, you can read it here.