Mack Brown's situation at Texas has reached dire straits, and though the 16-year head coach might be a little desperate, it's hard to say whether he's "Willie Lyles" desperate.
Lyles himself certainly think so.
A former "scout" who helped the Oregon Ducks foster inappropriate relationships with high school prospects, leading to some slap-on-the-wrist sanctions from the NCAA, Lyles ripped Texas apart with a late-night Twitter tear, offering up his "services" as a coaching coordinator:
Another week another UT blowout. If your team, fans & alumni are ok with being losers it's cool. If you want to win again give me a call lol— Willie Lyles (@WillieLyles) September 15, 2013
Let Major know my number hasn't changed.— Willie Lyles (@WillieLyles) September 15, 2013
It's 25,000$ per school. The Longhorns can be my first client.— Willie Lyles (@WillieLyles) September 15, 2013
The Longhorns suffered their second-straight embarrassing defeat on Saturday, falling to Ole Miss—whom it beat 66-31 in Oxford in 2012—by 21 points in Austin.
Brown entered the season on a hot seat given the recent (and relative) non-success of Texas football, and the early returns in 2013 suggest it will likely be his last season with the program.
While mocking Texas is fun, and it's easy to kick a powerhouse when it's down, Lyles' act is petulant. He showed little to no remorse in the wake of what happened at Oregon, and implying that he's willing to accept money to help another program proves that he doesn't much care about what happened in Eugene.
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Lyles also refers to Major Applewhite, the former UT quarterback who now serves as offensive coordinator, by his first name, implying some sort of pre-existing relationship when he says his number is the same.
He gets that his brand is a black mark, but he doesn't understand that his continued arrogance is a big reason why.
In 2008 and 2009, Texas did pay $15,000 to a recruiting service that employed Lyles at the time, so it's not like the program in unfamiliar with his name. But that doesn't mean it has any need for his "help" in 2013, so Lyles shouldn't spend his day sitting by the phone and waiting for an old friend to call.
As for every big-name head coach at a smaller school than Texas? They might be getting a call from the 512 area code...and it might come sooner than later.