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No media coverage for you: Mack Brown locking down practices

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Texas coach Mack Brown has closed off some practices to the media and fans in previous years, but never all of them.

That’ll change pretty quickly when one of college football’s strongest programs has their first losing season in over a decade.

The Longhorns officially started spring practice yesterday and all drills (for now) will be closed to the public as Brown and his staff — including an overhaul of new assistants — try to pick up the pieces from last year’s 5-7 ordeal.

No cameras. No autographs. But probably some more cursing and yelling.

“We’ve got to start over and we’re rebuilding a foundation at every level: offense, defense, special teams, credibility, strength and conditioning, swagger, body language, chemistry, everything,” Brown told the Associated Press Monday.

“I don’t want our players and our coaches trying to please other people to start practice. We’ve got a lot to do. I don’t want media, I don’t want people in the stands, I don’t want autographs. Nothing right now. This is only about getting better.”

When Texas does take the field April 3 for their spring scrimmage, it will be theĀ  first time fans will get to see their team since a disappointing 24-17 season-ending loss to rival Texas A&M. Brown is hoping for patience and support from those who attend.

“I want the largest crowd at our spring game we’ve ever had,” Brown said. “I want them to see a sharp and organized football team.”

Spring scrimmages highlight the good and the bad, so no one should be expecting perfection, but it will be a first impression in many ways with new coordinators Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz. And with Brown’s $5.1 million salary, fans are going to want to see some improvement.

Closing practice is not a bad idea; Brown should do whatever he needs to do to right the ship.

It just needs to translate into wins next season.

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4 Responses to “No media coverage for you: Mack Brown locking down practices”
  1. scardino says: Feb 25, 2011 10:40 AM

    “It just needs to translate into wins next season.”

    When winning comes easy, it is easy to overlook its importance. You get caught up in the swooning fans, the adoring media, and the fine champagne. When winning is hard to come by, you realize how periphery all of those things really are. Then you do what you have to do to start winning.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Feb 25, 2011 12:37 PM

    Doesn’t matter, you can’t get down to campus to see anything because of the terrible traffic in Austin.

  3. centexhorn says: Feb 25, 2011 7:13 PM

    I’m a Longhorns fan and I’m 100% behind this decision. The emergence of subscription-based media companies (Orangebloods.com, Hookem.com) has absolutely ruined things down here in Austin. These companies are ruthless and don’t give half a sh*t about the program, only their bottom line. And this mentality has sunk into the fan-base due to so many people blogging about the program. Screw’em. Shut the doors. Give them nothing. Close them out. They’re leaches.

  4. edgy says: Feb 26, 2011 9:56 AM

    I would have to say that maybe it would be best if they could flee Austin and spend some time in some obscure high school stadium with no one around so that they can be without all the distractions. There’s something to be said about concentrating at the task at hand and not having to please the crowd or the media with your performance.

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