In an interview with SI.com’s Stewart Mandel, Mack Brown talked about life as the Texas Longhorns head coach.
Mack Brown talked about the pressure of being the Texas head coach and the anger that Texas fans feel toward Mack Brown:
“This place predicates their attitude on basically the A&M and the Oklahoma game,” said Brown over a lunch with two reporters. “Well A&M’s gone, and Oklahoma, we’ve stunk two years in a row, so they’re mad. And that’s fair.”
Although he understands the anger and frustration that Longhorns fans feel, he couldn’t be happier as head coach:
“I’m really having fun,” said Brown. “My buddies worry about me because people are more critical. You know, I’ve had everything bad said about me you can have. Really and truly, I have matured enough, it’s not about me anymore, I really could care less. I don’t care about a legacy; I don’t care about a record. I want to help kids, I want to help football and I want to win all the games. That’s all I want to do.”
The question was asked to Mack Brown about the big recruiting misses in the state of Texas:
Brown carefully considered his words before answering a question about those perceived misses, unwilling to disparage the players Texas chose instead.
“I’m very aware of things people have said about the program,” he said. “When you ask me the Johnny Manziel question, I can say we offered David Ash that year as our quarterback and we’re really proud of where he is and where he’s headed. I don’t think David’s gotten nearly the prestige or credit he deserves.”
Yes, David Ash is the proverbial punching bag for people outside of the Texas Longhorns program. He probably won’t light up the stat sheet like Johnny Football or RG3 did and people will hold that against him even though that isn’t his fault. That’s on Mack Brown for not offering either at quarterback. For Mack Brown, those two decisions will haunt him for the rest of his career if he isn’t able to turn this Texas program around.