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

comes Oregon.

”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

play.”