The Texas Longhorns took some strides in 2012, but at the same time had enough setbacks to really question their progression following an overhaul in 2010.
Mack Brown looked to reinvent his program after going 5-7 in that fateful year, and after two seasons under a number of new coaches, his Longhorns are a mediocre 16-9 over that span.
Some of the shots Brown has taken in recent weeks do hold some water, and for a program as prominent and visible as Texas, there is the added pressure to perform at the highest level. Simply put, the Longhorns have not met those expectations.
However, although portions of the truth may be harsh, they are truths nonetheless and many have positive values down the road.
Here are five reasons why the 2012 season included many steps in the right direction.