Texas looks to send Mack Brown off with a win
Being a high school football coach’s son and the starting
quarterback at one of the most scrutinized programs in the country,
Case McCoy wasn’t as surprised as some of his teammates when Mack
Brown told them he was stepping down.
”I’ve had the `For Sale’ signs in my yard numerous times,”
McCoy said. ”I’ve moved a few times in my life. The job is to win
a lot of ball games here. That’s what people expect at this
university and we haven’t done what we’ve needed to do.”
Brown will be coaching his 206th and final game at Texas when
the Longhorns (8-4) take on No. 10 Oregon (10-2) in the Alamo Bowl
on Dec. 30. McCoy struggled in the team’s last game, a 30-10 loss
to Baylor that kept Texas from claiming its first Big 12 title
since McCoy’s older brother, Colt, took the Longhorns to the
national title game in 2009.
Now Texas is trying to help Brown end his 16-year Longhorns
coaching career with a victory.
”It would be great to have him ride off in the sunset (with a
win),” junior center Dominic Espinosa said. ”More than anything
it excites us to make sure we send Mack out with a win. That’s
another incentive to go out and practice harder this week.”
After meeting with school President Bill Powers and athletic
director Steve Patterson last week, Brown informed them of his
plans to make this year his last at Texas. He addressed his players
and staff in an emotional meeting.
”He’s got more love for this university than he does love for
himself,” senior offensive guard Mason Walters said. ”Whatever he
does, he’ll be successful in it. He has that same feeling about us.
Whoever this university brings in is obviously going to be
well-compensated and really good at their job so I don’t think we
have a lot to worry about.”
Brown led the Longhorns to nine consecutive 10-win seasons from
2001-09, but has gone 30-20 over the past four seasons. As much as
the Longhorns players want Brown to end his career on a high note,
they want to beat the Ducks just as badly for themselves.
”We definitely love Coach Brown and it’s sad to hear that but
you can’t approach it in a different way,” senior All-American
defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. ”I’m a senior. I’m
approaching it as my last game and I’m working my butt off this
week. That’s how everyone else is. You can’t worry about the
future. You’ve got to worry about the now.”
Like McCoy, junior defensive back Quandre Diggs had an older
brother play for Brown at Texas. Quentin Jammer was a sophomore
when Brown was hired and was a consensus All-American by the time
he left. Diggs followed in Jammer’s footsteps by coming to Texas,
starting 35 games over the past three years.
”I’ve known Coach Brown since I was six or seven years old so
I’ve always thought he was going to be the coach here,” Diggs
said. ”I’ve known him for a long time, probably longer than anyone
else on the team. He means a lot to me because he’s a legend here,
but besides coaching he’s just a better man.”
Assuming Diggs returns for his senior season, he will be
welcoming a new like his older brother did 16 years ago. But first
”I don’t care. It’s not in my hands. I wasn’t named to the
search committee,” Diggs said, referring to the eight-member
advisory committee Patterson appointed this week. ”We just have to
adjust to it. That’s not for me to discuss. I go out and