"We are not as far away as it looks like after three weeks," Mack said on this week's Big 12 conference call.
A professional may call this delusional.
"We have had a lot of tough luck in two weeks," Mack said.
A professional may call this denial. The defense has given up 84 points over the last two games, which generally is not very good.
"Our goal is to win the Big 12 championship," he said. "We've still got a chance to do that."
A professional may agree with Mack, until UT plays Kansas State. And then Oklahoma. Texas Tech. Oklahoma State. TCU. And Baylor. Et all.
As the walls close in around Mack in Austin, the voice of the frustrated grow louder and angrier. These things always happen to college football coaches, it is merely a matter of time.
Bobby Bowden. Joe Paterno, long before the Jerry Sandusky fiasco. R.C. Slocum. Seldom does the veteran college coach leave on top - he is forced out against his wishes.
When Mack is finally shoved out, which he will be, never forget what he did for UT.
When Mack arrived, the Horns were stuck on more than two decades of underachievement led by the likes of Fred Akers, David McWilliams and John Mackovic.
In 10 seasons in Austin, Akers posted three seasons of 10 wins. He was 86-31-2.
In his five seasons, McWilliams was 1-1 in bowl games and won 10 games once. He was 31-26-0.
And in his six seasons, Mackovic was 1-2 in bowl games, and won 10 games once. He was 41-28-2.
In 16 seasons at UT, Mack is 151-45.
Maybe Vince Young won Mack that title. But Mack recurited him, signed him, and eventually turned him loose.
Until these last four seasons - 23-18, and counting - UT had not been this prosperous since the days of Darrell Royal.
In the mid '90s, when college sports jumped into bed with boosters, corporate sponsors and anything that would generate revenue, there was no better football executive than Mack. There was no better company than UT. Under Mack, the Longhorn brand not only grew but came to symbolize the "big firm" on college athletics' Wall Street.
Hate on UT all you want, but there is not a head coach or athletic director who is not envious of a situation Mack Brown did so much to create.
He may be a bit of a phony, but he has been a good ambassador for his school, and his state. His players seldom get into any trouble. I have never interviewed a UT player from Mack's watch that was anything other than decent and professional.
He also won a lot of games, which is ultimately the problem and the reason he will be forced out, or upstairs.
It's coming, and it won't be pretty, but don't forget what he has done.
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