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October 9, 2013

Bob, not Mack, thoughtfully gets it done

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NORMAN —

Only Texas didn’t lose four that season. It lost seven. Then five in 2011, then three last season, though it took surviving the lowly Oregon State, 31-27, in the Alamo Bowl to make it happen. This season, the Longhorns are 3-2 with embarrassing losses to two very mortal teams: BYU and Mississippi.

In a classic overreaction, Brown fired about everybody but the head coach after 2010.

It’s been tough sledding since.

This season, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was bounced after BYU ran for 550 yards against the Longhorns. Still, the only thing more shocking than his mid-season firing might have been Diaz’s original hire, when, with a one-year stop at Mississippi State, he went from coordinating Middle Tennessee’s defense to Texas’ in the space of two seasons.

Also, this preseason, Brown announced his offense would adopt the up-tempo style in vogue in the conference despite not possessing a proven quarterback. He thought it would aid the Longhorn defense, which would now get to practice against an up-tempo offense. But that was 142 opponent points ago, and it’s not like the Longhorns have been facing Dan Fouts’ Chargers.

Indeed, almost every big decision Brown has made since the bottom dropped out of the 2010 season has turned to … well, it hasn’t turned into anything much good at all.

 

Why?

Why doesn’t OU slip? Or when it does, why does it come right back?

And why doesn’t Texas bounce back, even with all its money, facilities, a television network and every other conceivable recruiting advantage?

Coaching.

Brown’s decision-making, in real time and in retrospect, reeks of being reactionary.

Stoops’ track record remains one of calm consideration. Not that he’s particularly good at explaining it.

Monday, an attempt was made to get him to reflect on his decision-making process, put into play whether it was time to make a coaching change or time to change the offense.

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