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Dodds continues to publicly back Mack Brown

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Lather, rinse, repeat.

Always one of Mack Brown‘s most staunch defenders both privately and publicly, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds has taken to the latter venue again to back the embattled and/or beleaguered coach.

“Mack’s fine,” Dodds told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman. “I know we didn’t play well Saturday. Mack will know if he should be coaching (at Texas) or shouldn’t be. I know this is my responsibility, and I’m not shying away from it. The bottom line is I’m for the kids and the coaches.”

Dodds latest show of support for the long-time Longhorns head coach comes four days after UT was embarrassed by BYU and three days after Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.  The AD, Bohls wrote, “said he agreed with Brown’s decision to fire… Diaz on Sunday and said he thought the coaching move was necessary.”

The dismissal of Diaz came less than 24 hours after the Cougars rushed for a staggering 550 yards in UT’s soul-crushing 40-21 loss.

Dodds’ public (dreaded?) vote of confidence also comes one day after Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com wrote an outstanding piece titled “Mack Brown era on the line Saturday vs. Ole Miss.”  Brown, one of the most well-connected media types covering the UT football program — go back a couple of summers ago to one of the first rounds of conference musical chairs — writes very plainly that “if the Texas program goes completely on tilt this season, Brown would probably walk away and spare Dodds and Powers any more grief from Longhorn Nation.”

That appears likely to be where this situation is headed.  Either Brown turns things around, and turns it around right now, or he steps away for the good of the football program he was responsible for rebuilding.  No messy public split as was the case with Bobby Bowden or decade-long questions of has he lost his coaching “it” as was the case with Joe Paterno.

And that seems to be what Dodds is alluding to when he said “Mack will know if he should be coaching (at Texas) or shouldn’t be.”  When those well-connected to the program are writing similar things a day earlier?  Well, there’s all the writing on that wall you need to see.

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7 Responses to “Dodds continues to publicly back Mack Brown”
  1. gorilladunk says: Sep 11, 2013 3:00 PM

    Second Saturday in October is D-Day for Mack. If the Horns take a beat down similar to those administered by OU the past two seasons, it’s over. After that game, he’ll have to navigate the TCU and Baylor games. Can’t be losing to the church schools.

  2. deucez2 says: Sep 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    I’ve seen several polls around the interwebz of Texas fans. Over 70% want Deloss Dodds and Mack Brown gone.

    The Oklahoma game last year was a tipping point and last Saturday in Provo was a reminder how far the program has fallen since 2009.

    Dodds has created a culture of comfort and Mack has further perpetuated it. There is zero accountability in the program because Mack doesn’t have to be accountable himself.

    If this promised 10 win season turns into a 7 or 8 win season, watch out. The pitchforks are currently being sharpened in Austin and rightly so.

  3. ancientcougar says: Sep 11, 2013 3:37 PM

    Gravity gets us all in the end!

  4. drummerhoff says: Sep 11, 2013 3:45 PM

    Great piece of editorializing. Texas is the type of place where the football coach, AD and President make the day-to-day decisions, but the larger issues are handle by the powers that be … And if all the boosters are not on the same page, you may wake-up drunk with a hooker that ordered two of everything from room service: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1028730/

  5. thefiesty1 says: Sep 11, 2013 4:24 PM

    Dodds needs to go first. It’s all about the money$$$. When the boosters stop the money flow then Dodds and Mack will be gone.

  6. 13datsyuk13 says: Sep 12, 2013 2:40 AM

    Mack Brown is the coach at Texas. He will not step down or be replaced. Texas was irrelevant before he arrived (except for a Heisman winning Ricky Williams). He will straighten this out and we will be back soon. He runs a good program and has had trouble reloading after Vince and Colt. All that said, I will want some heads to roll if Oklahoma blows out Texas in the first quarter again.

  7. florida727 says: Sep 12, 2013 1:22 PM

    When the AD publicly back you, it’s the kiss of death. Look it up. It’s in dictionary.com. Has to be.

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