For some time now, Mack Brown has been known as one of the best college football coaches. He has the best winning percentage of any coach in University of Texas history.
Brown was the winner of the 2008 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, and he guided Texas to the 2005 BCS National Championship.
However, Coach Brown is beginning to show signs that he is losing his touch. That fact is especially apparent in terms of recruiting.
Mack Brown won't even recruit himself.
Last Friday, Mack Brown, a 5'11'', 185 lbs running back from Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, GA, verbally agreed to attend the University of Florida.
Brown also received interest from Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami(FL), Vanderbilt, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and Clemson.
Apparently, Brown would have received more offers but due to the weight of the recruitment letters, Brown's mailbox fell over, and he was no longer getting any mail.
As a junior in high school, Brown gained over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rivals.com rank Brown as the sixth best running back in the country and the 56th-ranked player overall.
Despite all the accolades, Brown never received any correspondence from Coach Brown, even before the supposed demise of the mailbox.
It is inconceivable a competent coach would not recruit his namesake.
What player would not want to play for himself? Playing for themselves is what most professional players do now, and it is getting to trend that way in college sports.
Pete Carroll would certainly try to convince a Pete Carroll to attend USC.
Urban Meyer may at first faint from realizing that another set of parents would actually name their child Urban. However, once he was revived, Meyer would go to great lengths to explain the virtues of attending the University of Florida to the family.
Universities would relish the opportunity to publicize that a coach had the same name of his player, even if it was just the surname. I could only imagine what slogans schools would come up with:
This season, Purdue is Full of Hope.
All Rhoads Point to Ames, IA.
Notrhern Illinois is Going in for the Kills.
The possibilities are endless.
I can only envision what it would have been like at North Carolina in the 1980's if the Tar Heels fielded a team entirely of Dick Crums. By the end of the first quarter, the administration would have forced all the players to legally change their first names to Richard.
Coach Brown made a mistake Texas football may never recover from. Will Muschamp has already been appointed to replace Brown when he retires.
The time may be sooner than later.