AUSTIN, Texas — For a guy who started the speculation over when he would retire, Mack Brown acts and sounds like someone who plans to coach at Texas for a long time.
He’s having too much fun to think about leaving.
His Longhorns are ranked No. 2, quarterback Colt McCoy was last season’s runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and if anyone thinks Brown is just setting up for one last hurrah, the roster is loaded with enough talent to make a run at national titles for years to come.
"When you win it all once, you know how good it feels and you know how good it feels for your whole state,” Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"To have a chance to win all the games again is a very good feeling. And I still hurt as bad when we lose.”
His players say Brown still has the same edge during practice as they prepare for their Sept. 5 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
"He still praises us when we do something good and still yells when we do something bad,” linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy said. "He’s like he always was.”
Brown won the 2005 national title and just turned 58 on Thursday as he enters his 12th season in Austin. His 115-26 record over that run is the best in the country, and the Longhorns are the only team to have won at least 10 games eight years in a row.
Things are just as good off the field. At a time when many schools are tightening their budgets in a tough economy, Texas just finished putting in new permanent seating in the south end zone and completed a swanky dress up of the football complex.