When things are in disarray, either in business, politics, religion, or the world of sports, people expect leaders to step up to the microphone, explain what is wrong, and outline the steps regarding how it will be fixed.
Texas Longhorn fans and supporters are certainly no different.
The problem is that their leader has been oddly quiet since the untimely end of the 2010-2011 regular season.
Mack Brown's silence has been far from golden for those who view him as the face of the Texas football program. What began as rumblings and whispered questions about Brown's intentions are now becoming noticeably louder.
Who will be hired as offensive coordinator?
Who will be hired as defensive coordinator?
Are Bobby Kennedy and Jeff Madden following suit and leaving for greener pastures?
Is there going to be an open competition for quarterback in spring practice?
Why hasn't Brown had a press conference to calm some restless minds and provide some much desired information?
The most likely answer is that he doesn't have to.
There is no protocol established for Brown to follow. To put it in simplest terms, he's crafting this protocol as he goes. One famous story told around the Forty Acres purports that in response to a question regarding how to handle a losing season, Darrell K. Royal told Mack, "I don't know. Never had one."
That about sums up the current situation.
The general consensus about Brown's silence is that the coaching staff's focus is firmly on recruiting as the year winds down. It has also been rumored that no coaching announcements will be made until the turn of the year, when the bowl season has come to an end.
If this is truly the case, then Brown should come forward and say so. Any innuendo and rumor is then stopped firmly in its tracks. If no statement is made, speculation will continue to run rampant.
Ultimately, supporters of Texas football will always have questions. It's in their nature. If Brown wants to show that he still has firm control of the Texas program, he should come forward and say something. Anything.
In this case, his silence is far from golden.