BY J.P. SCOTT ON OCTOBER 10, 2013
If you’re like me, you are not a fan of the Texas Longhorns. Actually, unless you are from Texas, you likely aren’t a fan of the Texas Longhorns.
Because of that, the 2013 college football season seems especially sweet to fans all over America. We’ve watched the Longhorns get blown out by BYU and Ole Miss while needing a terrible call against Iowa State to get out of Ames alive. With every bump in the road Texas encounters, their loud-mouthed, burnt orange wearing fanbase gets quieter and quieter — and we are loving it.
Now the Red River Rivalry approaches and it has all the makings of a blood bath. Oklahoma is 5-0 and rolling, while Texas is 3-2 and reeling. Mack Brown is considered by many to be a dead man walking in terms of his job security. Rome is crumbling and the collective college football nation is filling Texas-sized bags of popcorn drenched in butter in anticipation of watching Oklahoma give the Longhorns the Old Yeller treatment this weekend.
It’s been a long time coming for college football fans. Perhaps the only other team we’d enjoy watching this happen to more would be Notre Dame. This is one half of a dream come true and we couldn’t be happier.
Be careful what you wish for.
College football fans — perhaps more so than fans of any other sport — cling to history, relish the present and often disregard the future. Because of this, we hate Texas and their fans for all of the trash-talking and chest pounding they’ve done. Because of this, we love that they are being relegated to irrelevant status before our very eyes. Because of this, we are unable to see what all of this means for tomorrow. We are unable to see the lasting effect of what is happening in Texas and the fire that is about to be ignited under a giant sleeping and wounded animal.
It doesn’t matter what you, me or anyone else thinks — Texas is the best job in college football. The athletic department has the biggest checkbook and the boosters have some of the deepest pockets. The university’s backyard is the nation’s most fertile recruiting ground, filled with talented football players who grow up dreaming of wearing burnt orange. These are kids who view going to LSU and Texas A&M as backup plans when their dream of playing for the Longhorns doesn’t pan out.
Somehow, someway, Mack Brown and his staff have managed to screw that up like Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro in Casino. Maybe they got overconfident and lazy in their recruiting. Maybe they didn’t think they needed to coach and develop the talented players in their locker room. Whatever it was, they mucked it up and the hammer is about to fall.
Texas is not happy. The fans, the alumni, the boosters, the administration, the citizens of the Lone Star State — they will not go quietly and watch Longhorn football fade into obscurity. Just like everything else in Texas, the want to be big. The biggest. The best.
The moment Mack Brown and his staff get their pink slips, college football’s largest checkbook will swing open and crash down like a meteor, shaking the earth and leaving cracks in the college football landscape like an apocalyptic earthquake. It will be time to go shopping and no coach — and I truly mean no coach — will be out of the question as an option.
Texas goes big in everything it does and the hiring of a new football coach will be no different. They are going to get the biggest and best name money can buy. They are going to get that guy who can pull every top-level recruit in the state of Texas — as well as many from neighboring states, and develop them.
With the dawn of a new era in college football upon us, the University of Texas is going to do everything in its power to make sure they are at the forefront of the changing landscape. They will not limp into the new era. The Texas Longhorn nation as a whole wishes nothing less than to kick down the door, crotch-cropping toward the rest of us, reminding us all that no matter how much we despise them, they are still Texas and they will have their way.
Go ahead and root for Oklahoma this weekend. Enjoy the blood bath if it happens. I know I will. But savor it now, because I promise you this won’t last.
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