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OU vs. Texas: Red River routs show just how far Texas and Mack Brown have slid

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 10, 2013

Megan McKibben watched the Red River Rivalry last year from the Oklahoma half of the Cotton Bowl.

She laughed much of the day.

What more was a Texas fan to do during another beatdown?

“It was borderline comical,” she said, sounding anything but amused.

A Longhorn fan who was then living in Oklahoma City, the tickets that McKibben was able to buy were from Sooner fans. So, she and her husband got some friendly heckling before the game from Sooner fans around them. But as the afternoon wore on, the barbs died down.

The McKibbens' melancholy was obvious.

“Getting blown out is a miserable feeling,” Megan said.

Mack Brown knows it. The past two years, his Horns have been blasted by the Sooners. Beat by 38 points two years ago and 42 points a year ago. Historic margins of defeat.

Those routs aren't the reason that Mack isn't expected to be coaching at Texas beyond this season, but they are big, ugly black marks against him.

“It is the icing on the cake,” Texas fan Kevin Kloesel said. “It sort of tops a whole lot of other things that have gone on over the last several years.”

Kloesel has been a Longhorn fan all his life. He is an Austin native who now lives in Norman where he teaches in OU's College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and oversees outreach programs and tours at the National Weather Center.

He hates what has happened to Texas football. Coaches being bashed? Players being booed?

It tears at his heart.

His brother Scott was a running back at Rice in the early 80s. The Owls only won a couple games during his entire career, and it created a revolving door of coaches.

Having seen how that affected his brother, Kloesel understands how hard all of this is on the Texas players right now, so he hates to be critical. But he sees no way Mack will keep his job.

The program is financed as well as any in the country, but the results these past few seasons haven't shown that. The Horns have been non-factors in the Big 12 race, much less the national championship hunt. They have lost at home. They have slipped in prominence.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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