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Mack Brown disputes Johnny Manziel as safety talk

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Chances are if you are on the Internet and watch college football you have become familiar with the joke poking fun at the inability of Texas to find a stable and productive quarterback. The joke stems from the idea that Texas head coach Mack Brown recruited Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but wanted him to play safety for the Longhorns. Brown went on the record Friday on The Dan Patrick Show to say that exaggeration of the truth may have gone a little too far.

“We never offered Johnny, and we sure didn’t offer him as a safety,” Brown said. “That’s been blown out of proportion.”

Manziel, of course, stormed on the scene in 2012 by running Texas A&M’s offense successfully in the SEC to lead him to a Heisman Trophy. Texas A&M’s recent surge in the national conversation came at a poor time for the Longhorns, who have struggled to find a place in the same conversation in recent years and are off to a troubling start in 2013.

Hindsight is always 20/20 of course, but it is not as if Brown is the only coach who missed n Manziel. According to Rivals, Manziel received a number of offers but mostly from non-elite programs. Oregon and Stanford each placed a scholarship offer in Manziel’s hands, as did Baylor. Texas was one of many top programs to not extend an offer, along with the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, USC, and so on.

Brown also addressed the talk about another Heisman Trophy quarterback Brown is perceived to have missed out on. The Longhorns coach told Patrick Texas never really had a chance to recruit Robert Griffin III, who chose to play at Baylor.

“[Griffin] was not interested because we had Colt McCoy, and [Griffin] wanted to start,” Brown said. “So he committed to Art Briles at Houston. Then when Art when to Baylor, he took him with him.”

The critics could probably look at that and suggest Texas was out-recruited by Houston and Baylor, but sometimes a player just does not want to play for a certain school because a relationship with another coach is pretty special. That always appeared to be the case with Griffin and Briles.

This is probably why Briles would appear to make the most suitable replacement for Brown if and when that decision needs to be made.

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12 Responses to “Mack Brown disputes Johnny Manziel as safety talk”
  1. cubano76 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:47 PM

    The last thing Brown needed is that drunken nut bag running around Austin.

  2. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 27, 2013 10:02 PM

    Bilge water.

    Texas recruited both Griffin and Manziel. Texas (through the recruiting coaches) told both they were set at QB and had two 5 star studs being recruited at QB. Texas said they would look at both on defense. Both wanted to play QB, they said no to Texas overtures.

    Notice how Mack wouldn’t talk about his abortive recruiting of Andrew Luck. Andrew’s dad, Oliver, got sour real quick on Mack and Greg Davis when they questioned Andrew’s QB fundamentals. Davis wanted to change everything. When Oliver question the offensive coordinator, Greg Davis about specific aspects of QB development, Davis evidently answered in such a manner that Oliver immediately dismissed Texas as an option.

    Right now, Mack is about preserving Mack’s job.

  3. deucez2 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:27 PM

    Briles will never coach at Texas. Not because he isn’t suitable but because he wants to establish a legacy at Baylor and go down as that programs savior.

    On the Griffin and Manziel front, they did offer RG3 as an athlete but he wanted to play QB exclusively. Manziel was never offered due to rumor bout his character off the field.

    Luck wasn’t offered due to Texas making a run at Garret Gilbert like every other college in America. Gilbert turned out to be a colossal bust as we all know. I love revisionist recruiting history.

    Recruiting isn’t Mack’s downfall. It’s his “love ’em up” attitude and his lack of coaching acumen. His teams are soft and he doesn’t hold himself accountable for not developing his talent. He’s out-stayed his welcome and this is going to get ugly unless he steps down.

  4. stoicpaisano says: Sep 27, 2013 10:45 PM

    Not that Gilbert didn’t effect Luck’s recruitment, but Luck/Griffin/Darron Thomas/Seth Doege were c/o 08, Gilbert/Bryce Petty/Pachall/Kenny Guiton c/o 09.

  5. mcjon22 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:09 PM

    Yeah, Just don’t ask him about Jameis Winston

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 27, 2013 11:14 PM

    Judging by what we’ve seen of the Texas defense, Johnny Manziel would have been a supreme upgrade over the clowns they have now at defensive back.

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 27, 2013 11:20 PM

    And Art Briles has such a dislike for Mack Brown that he just might try to score 100 on the Longhorns.

    In the first half.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:58 PM

    Continue to recruit great talent and then don’t coach them up. What happened to all that great talent? It’s not like they went stupid as soon as they got on dam UW.

  9. 2late2matter says: Sep 28, 2013 10:25 AM

    Cuban076 says “The last thing Brown needed is that drunken nut bag running around Austin.”
    Guess we should all forget his wunderkind, Ricky Williams, who drove around Austin at night in clouds of the wacky-smoke and evaded jails because Mack’s crew worked O.T.

  10. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    Cuban076 says “The last thing Brown needed is that drunken nut bag running around Austin.”

    And let’s not leave out Weedrick Benson, who has gotten arrested on 6th street with such regularity during the offseason, he now has his own private suite in the Austin jail.

    Sergio Kindle, multiple DWI arrests.

    Henry Melton, DWI

    Aaron Humphries, Ramonce Taylor, Kwame Cavil, Tyrell Gatewood, Selvin Young, Terrell Brown all busted for possession.

    And let’s not forget the horn WR who sucker punched the UT tennis player and broke his jaw, his name escapes me at the moment.

    Pot, meet Kettle.

  11. normtide says: Sep 28, 2013 3:13 PM

    Winston wanted to go to Texas, but didn’t get offered. That said, I agree that talent isn’t the problem, is development. That is what’s killing Texas.

  12. apkyletexas says: Sep 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    @amosalonzo – So, you were in the room for not one – but three Texas conversations with top QB recruits?

    Amazing that a CFT commentard would have such access.

    I call BS. The “facts” you are spewing are a bunch of crap that you and your buddies dream up in your little college football chat rooms.

    The fact is, not only was UT set with Colt McCoy, but they had the #1 QB recruit in the country coming in – Garrett Gilbert. If Gilbert had lived up to his Scouts Inc. prediction of a Heisman winning, national title winning QB, no one would ever be having this conversation on UT “missing out” on guys like RGIII, Manziel, and Luck.

    All this really shows is how screwed your program gets when you pin your hopes on the #1 recruit in the country, and he fails to fulfill that promise. Then there’s a domino effect, where you didn’t or couldn’t recruit other guys who didn’t want to sit behind your #1 guy.

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