How far will Texas coach Mack Brown go to motivate a slumping team? Brown said today that, before the Longhorns’ 2007 game at Oklahoma State, he dressed in camouflage pants and a camouflage shirt and performed the “Soulja Boy” dance in the locker room.
It marked quite a sacrifice, Brown said, because, “I can’t dance a lick.”
How did players respond to their coach’s dance moves?
“They laughed so hard, they were crying. And I was so embarrassed,” Brown said. “But I thought, ‘Finally, we’re getting some emotion. It’s going to work.’ Then, we went out and stunk. We were down 35-14 … and I made a fool out of myself trying to get somebody to have a little passion.”
Eventually, the Longhorns rallied for a dramatic, 38-35 victory. Brown did not offer any insight about pre-game plans for Saturday’s game against Baylor (6-2, 3-1 in Big 12), when Texas (4-3, 2-2) seeks to bounce back from consecutive home losses for the first time since the 1997 season. But he left open the door to a potential fresh attempt at creative motivation.
“We’re back to trying anything to stir them up,” Brown said.
_ Jimmy Burch