Texas Football: Why Low Ranking on USAT Poll Makes Things Harder for Mack Brown

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Texas Football: Why Low Ranking on USAT Poll Makes Things Harder for Mack Brown
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Has Mack Brown's coaching ability become the Longhorns' biggest question mark?

USA Today has released the 2013 preseason Coaches' Poll with the Texas Longhorns coming in at No. 15 for the second-straight season. The ranking is low for the Longhorns, and will not make Mack Brown's job any easier in a make-or-break campaign.

The ranking, which is the second-highest in the Big 12, is a far cry from Phil Steele's No. 4 projection from earlier this summer, and does not exactly reassure Longhorn fans desperate for a winning season.

However, it is still just the preseason and the Longhorns still have a lot going for them in spite of the poll taking them down a notch. With the talent and experience this team has, it would be a major surprise if they fail to make a mockery of this ranking.

But this is where the 'Horns will start from in 2013, and Mack Brown will be the one who takes the blame for it. The poll proves that his coaching is the team's biggest question mark, and that feeling will trickle down to the fans and the potential recruits he is trying to lure to Austin.

Those facts will make Brown's job more difficult than it already was going to be in 2013. 

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