In a season with as many questions as answers, here’s an interesting one:
Is Mack Brown the Big 12’s Coach of the Year, or is Brown the Texas Coach for Next Year?
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25-Texas at 9-Baylor, 2:30 p.m., Fox, 1300, 98.1
MACK’S HIGHS, LOWS
Mack Brown’s ups and downs this season have been driven by his team’s on-field wins and losses, successes and failures:
Aug. 31: Texas sets a school single-game record for total offense in a 56-7 win over New Mexico State in the opener.
Sept. 21: Texas snaps its five-game losing streak to Kansas State, winning 31-21.
Oct. 3: Texas rallies for a 31-30 road win at Iowa State, scoring the go-ahead TD with 51 seconds left.
Oct. 12: Texas plays its best game of the season, cruising past Oklahoma 36-20.
Oct. 26: Despite a three-hour rain delay, Texas rolls past TCU 30-7.
Nov. 2: Texas improves to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12 with a 35-13 win over Kansas.
Nov. 9: Mack wins his first overtime game as UT’s coach 47-40 over West Virginia.
Nov. 28: Texas beats Texas Tech on Thanksgiving and Senior Night 41-16.
Feb. 1: It’s revealed that Mack’s offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite, was disciplined for 2009 Fiesta Bowl indiscretions.
Feb. 2: Backup QB Connor Brewer is arrested (public intoxication, fake ID). He later transfers.
March 12: WR Cayleb Jones is charged with aggravated assault. He later transfers.
April 6: WR Kendall Sanders is arrested (DWI). Mack suspends him for the opener.
Sept. 7: Texas’ defense craters in a 40-21 road loss at BYU. Plus there are two significant injuries to QB David Ash (concussion) and WR/RB Daje Johnson (ankle). Ash would eventually play only two more quarters of the season; Johnson misses the next two games.
Sept. 14: Texas is blown out by Ole Miss at home 44-23.
Sept. 21: In the win over Kansas State, Texas loses OLB Jordan Hicks for the year. It’s also the last time Ash plays.
Nov. 9: Texas loses two important players for the rest of the season: RB Johnathan Gray (Achilles) and DT Chris Whaley (knee).
Nov. 16: Texas loses 38-13 to Oklahoma State, the most lopsided home loss Mack has suffered at Texas.
Jan. 2: Mack hires Larry Porter as RBs coach. The Longhorns go on to enjoy a good rushing year.
Jan. 13: Mack reinstates suspended QB Case McCoy and LB Jordan Hicks. McCoy becomes instrumental to the season.
March 7: Mack hires Bama’s Patrick Suddes to head up Horns’ player personnel/recruiting department.
July 17: Mack hires Greg Robinson as a scouting analyst. That turns out to be an important get.
Sept. 8: Mack fires defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and replaces him with Robinson.