Every bit as important to the past, present and future of Texas football as Mack Brown are the 16 assistants on his staff. Though all eyes will be on the coordinators, this group is loaded with important under-the-radar guys who make this program go.
Just as every CEO of a Fortune 500 company needs a rock-solid assistant, so do head coaches of major college football programs. Brown is no different, and he has spent a lot of resources getting the best assistants possible on his staff.
But after three seasons of mediocrity, fans are wondering if these guys are really worth their salt, or, rather, the millions of dollars the program has invested in them. Most importantly, are these the guys who are actually going to get this thing turned around?
For some of them, this season is their last to prove that they are the answer to that question as their success will dictate whether 2013 is actually the year the program turns the corner. For others, they are just getting started on their path to becoming mainstays.
One thing is for sure, these are currently the five most important members of Brown's staff.