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Texas' Mack Brown no longer haunted by OU demons

by Berry Tramel Published: July 30, 2009

"Is he loved more than ever?" asked UT radio voice Craig Way. "That's a safe assumption."

OU's biggest edge in the Cotton Bowl clash — the man at midfield with the headsets — has been nullified.

"It's back to where it's a great game instead of some of those lopsided games where I didn't do a very good job coaching," Brown said.

"That game is such an emotional game between two states. It's a national game. I feel like the team that lost the year before has more pressure because their fans are so hard on them. That's all they talk about.

"And I do feel like our guys are relaxed in the game more than they were previous years, and we're playing better in that game."

Mack's success is not complicated. Good quarterbacking and good defense. Vince Young led Brown out of the wilderness, but Colt McCoy has kept him from returning. And Mack keeps hiring big-time defensive coordinators. Greg Robinson, Gene Chizik, Will Muschamp.

"I'm really, really proud of what we've done at Texas," Brown said.

Texas is proud of Mack. His demons are gone.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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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