One of the key moments in Mack Brown's career at Texas came right out of the batter's box in 1998. When Brown inherited the team, it had one bowl win in the previous 10 years and went 4-7 the season prior to his arrival.
For the 1998 season, the Longhorns got off to a rocky 1-2 start, which caused fans to question if hiring Brown was the right decision. "Eddie Joseph told me I couldn't find enough friends to be pallbearers at my funeral," Brown said of his 1-2 start to the 1998 season.
In true competitor's form, Brown's Longhorns overcame the slow start to finish the season 9-3 with a win over former Texas A&M nemesis Jackie Sherrill in the Cotton Bowl against Mississippi State.
The 1998 season included victories over No. 7 Nebraska, No. 6 Texas A&M—where Ricky Williams broke Tony Dorsett's career rushing record—and Williams winning the Heisman trophy.
The strong finish started the winning tradition for Mack Brown and Texas.