As football had more and more success, the school seemed to grow a bigger and bigger ego. That led to fractures in its relationship with just about every other school in the Big 12. The fissure between Texas and Texas A&M was particularly big, and when the SEC came calling, the Aggies went.
The Big 12 is the worse for it.
Sure, the conference still has ginormous television contracts that provide huge payouts to the schools — and one of the big reasons is all the TV viewers that Texas draws — but the league would be better if it had Texas A&M instead of TCU and Missouri instead of West Virginia. And the Big 12 would still have those schools if Texas had been able to play nice with Texas A&M.
Maybe the split between Texas and Texas A&M had nothing to do with the success that the Longhorn football program was having, but it's hard to believe that Texas would've been so hard to deal with if its football team was going 8-5 every year.
So, the Texas football resurgence under Mack hasn't been a hundred percent positive, but it's been way, way more good than bad.
While we have no way of knowing what these next few days will bring — more reports of Mack's resignation could be followed by more denials — here's guessing Mack's resignation becomes official Thursday at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting. When it does, there is one thing that all of Oklahoma should say.
Thank you, Mack.
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