Video: Welcome To Mack Brown Postblame Show

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to observe that Mack Brown embarrassed himself at his postgame press conference after his Texas Longhorns embarrassed themselves in a 28-21 home loss to Iowa State Saturday.

(V.Y. wasn’t surprised)

During flustered remarks to a soft-tossing media, Brown literally blamed everyone but himself for the loss to the Cyclones.

Mack Brown postblame show

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Source: “UT may encourage Mack Brown to retire”

Longtime DAILY OKLAHOMAN columnist Berry Tramel sources a speculative piece on Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp soon replacing Mack Brown as the team’s head coach - but later dismisses his own source.

Mark Richt Will Muschamp Mack Brown

A Texas source said over the weekend that UT might encourage Mack Brown to retire, that the ‘Horns might be ready to commence with the Muschamp era. Not because of any dissatisfaction of Brown, but because of a belief in Muschamp. That’s the extent of Texas’ devotion to Muschamp, who is in his third year as the UT defensive coordinator and has been designated Brown’s successor.

The apparent impetus behind such talk is the shaky status of Georgia coach Mark Richt. The thinking is, if the Dogs come calling for Muschamp, Texas might try to throw in with its defensive coordinator instead of its current head coach.

Tramel makes the case that Muschamp-to-Georgia is a logical summation:

But it would make perfect sense for Muschamp to go to Georgia job, which is a great job and a great fit for Muschamp. Muschamp, 39, grew up in Rome, Ga., and was a walkon safety at Georgia before entering coaching. Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, so his SEC roots run deep.

So Georgia seems the likely school to come calling for Muschamp in 2010. Georgia fell to 1-4 with a loss at Colorado, and suddenly Richt’s hold on the job seems perilous.

But after raising the possibility of Brown’s ouster via a “source“, Tramel takes a reverse personal course in his blog post. Read more…

Coach Mack Brown Can’t Spell Heisman With “I”

Randy Riggs of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN has what was likely the reason that Vince Young, after saying nothing about the 2005 Heisman Trophy for five years, suddenly stepped up on Monday and proclaimed, “I definitely want it.

(Brown Eyed The Heisman ‘On Behalf Of Texas’? Hmmm.)

Mack Brown.

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$4M: Kiffin Making More Than Saban Did In 2009

HBO’s Real Sports profiles Lane Kiffin on Tuesday and in the piece reporter Andrea Kremer claims the 35-year-old’s new contract with the school will pay him $4 million annually. Kiffin’s decorated predecessor Pete Carroll made $4.4M his last year in L.A., qualifying the coach as the highest-paid employee of any private school in the America at the time.

Lane Kiffin making $4 million per season as USC coach

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Of course, Carroll won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles and two BCS Championships before he reached that level of compensation. Lane’s claim to fame is having won the friendship of Carroll, who was largely responsible for getting him the NFL Oakland and Tennessee head coaching jobs.

The $4M number pegs Kiffin as the fourth-highest paid coach in the nation, behind Bob Stoops, Mack Brown and Nick Saban. Saban was raised to nearly $5m per season after winning the BCS Title at ‘Bama earlier this year. Brown also was bumped up to $5.1M after 2009. Urban Meyer currently draws $4M per season, equal to Kiffin’s compensation. Read more…

UT Takes Cues From AIG, Awards Bogus Bonuses

It was just a few days ago that Texas unveiled that silly asterisk on their wall of fame, giving themselves credit for a conference championship that they didn’t even play for (yes, we know, 45-35), much less win. Well, Mack Brown said he’d had no idea what any of that was about and had it all taken down. Big win for sanity, yes? Please?

Texas Football Sign Fake Title
(Y’know, for being such tough football players, the ‘Horns are handling this with all the maturity and level-headedness of your average 13-year-old girl. Juuuust sayin’.)

Actually, no, Texas; there is no sanity clause in Brown’s contract, because instead of merely putting up a wall decoration that awards the ‘Horns the conference title with an asterisk, according to the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, they’re actually going to pay the assistants’ bonuses for winning the thing. Once again, Texas didn’t even play in the game, much less win it. But if the UT athletic department really wants to give away a total of $44,000 to people with ample six figure salaries, who are we to complain, right? Read more…

Mack Brown: Get Vince Young’s HOF Bust Ready

You would hope that college coaches would continue to have their former player’s backs after they leave for the NFL. (Are you paying attention, Pete Carroll?) That’s certainly the case with Texas boss Mack Brown and his former quarterback Vince Young. And for good reason: before Young came to Texas, Brown was on the hot seat as a coach who couldn’t win the big game. One National Title later, and Brown is pretty much untouchable.

Vince Young and Mack Brown

So it’s not surprising that Brown would continue to support Young even after his - let’s just say “rough” - 2008 season. But there’s “support” and then there’s “complete and utter lunacy,” which is where Brown went in an interview with NEWS 8 AUSTIN. Saying that Young’s NFL career isn’t dead? Fine. But that Young is going to be in the Hall of Fame? Yikes. When I hear “Vince Young” and “bust” in the same sentence, it usually doesn’t involve the Hall of Fame.

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You Tee-Totaler! No Colt 45s For QB Colt McCoy

Nowhere is it written, we suppose, that a quarterback needs to know how to party. As a matter of fact, more often than not, it leads to trouble, or at the very least some embarrassment. There’s Vince Young, Ben Roethlisberger, Kyle Orton, and the ultimate tragedy behind center, Joe Kane Joe Namath. At the same time, we have to wonder if a life ruled by sobriety is ever worth it; yes, this guy was a drinker, but these guys weren’t. We don’t see the harm in a cocktail or two. Or a hundred cocktails.

Lips That Touch Liquor
(Don’t worry, Colt, your options are still wide open.)

But then again, we’re (clearly) not quarterbacks of a top 5 football team, and Colt McCoy is, so we begrudge his tee-totaling instincts at our own peril. But still, if he doesn’t want to partake in the devil water, fine, but dude, learn to diversify your portfolio a bit: Read more…

Recruit Picks OU Over UT’s Nudes, Drugs & Booze

How great must it be to be a top high school football prospect in Texas? The world is at your feet, and so are the big universities who will do anything to make sure you attend their school. Anything.

Jamarcus McFarland

Jamarcus McFarland is a highly rated defensive tackle who just selected Oklahoma over Texas, which I’m sure is huge news in Norman, but even bigger news for the rest of us because of the window it gives on the sordid recruiting process, which at Texas takes the form of a party with “free alcohol, drugs and young women taking off their clothes.” (More examples after the jump, which means I know I’ll see you on the other side.)

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Brown Out: Texas Has Its Next Football Coach

The wait is over. The University of Texas brain trust has spent the last few months in a secret underground bunker, furiously debating who will be the next head coach of their esteemed college program. And now, as you can see by the white smoke hovering above the campus, the Longhorn Conclave has finally given us their answer: defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will succeed Mack Brown. That is, whenever Brown decides to retire. Wait, what?

Will Muschamp, Mack Brown

(Aww … they’re already starting to act alike.)

According to CHRON.COM, Muschamp has been named “head football coach-in-waiting”, which is not a title you see every day. Essentially, Muschamp is taking some extra dough - reportedly $900,000 worth - to kind of just hang around and at least pretend to be happy with his coordinator position until Brown finally decides to hang up his spurs.

It’s kind of a stroke of brilliance by Texas.

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Texas Lineman Starts Game, Wins, Collects DWI

All in a day’s work for Texas Longhorn defender LaMarr Houston. Houston began the day Texas’ starting defensive tackle, recording two tackles for loss as Texas beat smack talking Florida Atlantic 52-10. He ended it with a two car collision and a DWI sure to embarrass coach Mack Brown.

Austin police Lt. Max Johnson said Houston was involved in a two-car accident where there were no injuries. The accident occurred about 3:15 a.m. at the intersection of 11th Street and Interstate 35, Johnson said.

Houston remained in Travis County Jail late Sunday morning under bonds totaling $3,000.

And I thought I had a long day watching a full Saturday of college football. Houston snapped an impressive yearlong streak of zero arrests for the Texas football program. Coach Mack Brown came under some heat last offseason when a string of player arrests dirtied Texas’ clean-cut image. To Texas’ credit, at least they’re not Iowa.