Podcast: UT insider Chip Brown on Strong, Mack’s mishaps and more

Charlie Strong has brought instant energy and toughness to Texas since taking over the Longhorns.

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The Texas Longhorns are among college football’s most historic brands, and they’ll be one of the sport’s most interesting programs in 2014.

After longtime coach Mack Brown stepped down this offseason, the university hired Charlie Strong to begin an overhaul of Texas football and its surrounding culture in Austin.

That work has begun in earnest, and there’s no indication it will be a quick turnaround at UT.

The man who knows Texas athletics better than anyone in the country, insider Chip Brown of Horns Digest, recently stopped by Bruce Feldman’s podcast to answer an array of questions regarding the Horns.

What was up with Strong already declaring Texas out of the 2014 national championship race, and how did that comment play among those in the locker room?

Who should fans hope is starting at quarterback when the Longhorns face Oklahoma in October?

What in the world happened to Mack Brown, and where did he go wrong?

With mounting pressure coming from the Texas power players, how will athletic director Steve Patterson respond?

And, if you had to guess, will Texas get to a Big 12 championship game within the next three years? (Chip has the truth for you, Texas fans.)