The Norman Transcript


December 20, 2013

Longhorns talk Mack


AUSTIN, Texas —

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.”

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