Sorry. The evidence is overwhelming. The talent is gone from Austin. The results don't lie. The NFL Draft shows it. Only six Longhorns total have been picked the last three drafts. Only three Texas defenders have been picked in the first five rounds: safety Kenny Vaccaro (first), end Alex Okafor (fourth) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (fourth).
In that same span, 13 Sooners, 10 Baylor Bears and 10 Aggies have been picked.
And it's not just a talent problem. It's coaching, too. OSU has zipped past the ‘Horns, but only five Cowboys have been drafted in that span. And while Tech has a better record than does UT since 2009, only one Red Raider has been picked in the draft.
Any way you slice it, Texas football is a mess. The next step will be bailing fans, which Mack urged against.
“Keep coming,” he said Saturday night. “Let's beat Kansas State. Forget the coaches. Come for the kids. Come and try to help us beat Kansas State, which we haven't done very often.”
Nope. The Wildcats have beaten Texas five straight times; not since 2003 have the ‘Horns beat K-State.
Leave it to Mack to remind the masses of one more Texas frustration.
Here's another reason to be at Royal-Memorial on Saturday night. Texas fans won't have many more opportunities to watch Mack Brown coach a Longhorn game.
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