OU vs. Texas: Red River series has become a measuring stick for Bob Stoops, Mack Brown

by Berry Tramel Published: October 10, 2013

OU wouldn't be much different. OU leadership would be slow to fire Stoops, if it ever came to that, knowing what he had done for the program. Fans would revolt, much like Longhorn fans demand change. But Stoops is a transcendent coach. So is Mack. Which is what makes the Longhorns' performance in the Cotton Bowl so inexplicable.

Coaches with pedigree foster patience within their bases. Neither OU nor Texas will last long with a coach who couples trying to find his way with Cotton Bowl disaster.

Only 13 times has the OU-Texas game been decided by more than 30 points. Four of those coaches (OU's John Blake in 1998, UT's Fred Akers in 1986, UT's Ed Price in 1956, UT's W.E. Metzenthin in 1908) didn't make it to the next year.

Texas stuck with Darrell Royal after a 52-13 loss in 1973, primarily because he was Darrell Royal.

OU stuck with Chuck Fairbanks after a 41-9 loss in 1970, thanks to an encouraging finish to the season.

Texas stuck with David McWilliams after a 44-9 los in 1987, but that was McWilliams' first season.

Ironically, McWilliams was replaced after the 1991 season, despite three straight wins over OU. Those were different days. The rivalry's status had dipped.

The luster is restored, thanks to Stoops and Mack. They resurrected the monster, which now is devouring Mack.


Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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