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TMCNet:  Fort Worth Star-Telegram Mac Engel column

[November 27, 2012]

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Mac Engel column

Nov 27, 2012 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Assuming Mack Brown wants to keep his job as the head coach at the University of Texas in Austin, he would be wise to skip preparing for Kansas State, and don't waste any time firing any coordinators.

The bowl game Let his assistants do it.

If Mack is going to save his job, he will need to spray on some of that special Mack Brown No. 5 to attract his next meal ticket passer.

On the same day Texas A&M allowed Johnny Manziel to talk to the dastardly media for the first time this season, primarily for Heisman promotion purposes, Mack announced that Case McCoy will be the starting quarterback rather than David Ash in the regular-season finale at Kansas State.

Mack said Ash suffered a rib injury early in the loss against TCU on Thanksgiving that he did not reveal to the coaches until later, and that McCoy will start Saturday.

Case McCoy, David Ash...NEXT! Both are good kids. Both are Division I players, and worthy of scholarships to Texas.

Sincerely. And yet neither has demonstrated to be quite good enough.

The statement "It's all about the kids" is a tired line delivered by countless Division I coaches that seldom feels sincere, but when it comes down to it, it really is all about the kids.

Former Texas defensive coach Gene Chizik discovered that this week; just two seasons after winning the national title at Auburn with store bought Cam Newton as his quarterback, Chizik was handed a $7.5 million go-away check by his employer to not coach the Tigers (where do I get that job ).

Ever since Colt McCoy suffered that injury early in the first quarter of the fake national title game against Alabama on Jan. 7, 2010, the 'Horns have provided the Longhorn Network with only average B-roll highlight material.

The regression/non-development and eventual transfer of former every-star recruit Garrett Gilbert has put this program on the fringe of the Top 25. If Gilbert had developed as projected, there would be no "Mack Brown is in trouble" stuff.

Meanwhile, their opponents within the state are putting up video game numbers and winning Heismans with quarterbacks the 'Horns either passed on, or didn't sign.

Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill and now Johnny Football, Nick Foles, Trevone Boykin and I am sure there are at least five or six more Texas guys out there whom the Texas coaching staff wishes they had tried.

J.W. Walsh Another redshirt freshman who looks like he may have something at Oklahoma State but was told "No" by the 'Horns.

Just to rub some salt in -- throw Bo Wallace into the mix. He was a JC kid whom the Horns were looking at in the spring, and passed.

He immediately became the starter for a bad Ole Miss team and has them bowl eligible.

This happens to every good program, eventually. You are going to miss. The fact this keeps happening over and over, at the same position, to Texas is the problem.

Despite having every toy and every conceivable advantage a program could want, Mack's inability to find a passer to replace Vince Young and then Colt McCoy is peculiar, maddening, humorous, and the single biggest reason that Texas does not look like Texas.

The trouble is you have to think it's going to be at least until 2014 before the 'Horns know if they have another passer.

According to MaxPreps.com recruiting rankings, the 'Horns have a commitment from the top dual-threat high school passer in the country -- Tyrone Swoopes out of Whitewright. He is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. Let him eat a few meals, hit the weights and the size/weight combination is very similar to VY. The YouTube clips of Swoopes are very VY like.

The concern is Swoopes is also listed as a safety, and he played at a 2A school that finished this season 1-9. That doesn't quite compute.

The other concern should be whether anybody has confidence in the UT staff to develop Swoopes, or any quarterback, into something more than what he already is.

Mack did that with VY when he said, "Here are the keys." Colt McCoy improved every season to the point where he is an NFL player.

Texas is likely going to finish the regular season 8-4, its best since Colt's senior year in 2009.

Hardly terrible.

Hardly Texas.

If Texas is going to be Texas again, all Mack has to do is spray on a little of that Mack No. 5 and sign the quarterbacks who are going everywhere but Austin these days.

Mac Engel, 817-390-7697 Twitter: @MacEngelProf ___ (c)2012 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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