After a 44-23 loss to Ole Miss -- the second straight for the Longhorns -- it figures to be another long week in Austin, filled with more talk about Mack Brown's future, more frustration at an underperforming team and more scrutiny about an astonishingly bad defense. He did not, however, project Texas to win the Big 12 this time.
Brown spoke to the media on Monday, addressing a variety of topics, including the defense.
Mack tells the fans again to root for the players: "They don't have to like me. I'm not happy with me right now. I might boo me."— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) September 16, 2013
@am1300thezone--Mack Brown: "We're not giving up. We're moving forward...I promise you that I will give it every ounce of energy I have."— Craig Way (@craigway1) September 16, 2013
.@UT_MackBrown: To our fans, all I can ask is their continued support of our student-athletes.— MBTexasFootball (@MBTexasFootball) September 16, 2013
Mack repeatedly asking fans to keep rooting for the kids. Don't worry about coaches, keep coming for the players.— Ricky Doyle (@RickyDoyle) September 16, 2013
Mack Brown: "I'm more disappointed than anyone at the way we've started. It's been a perfect storm. We're not giving up."— Ricky Doyle (@RickyDoyle) September 16, 2013
Mack in TV/radio presser. RT @KEYESportsBob: Mack: "Texas is a role model for everyone out there. We're not gonna give in."— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) September 16, 2013
Brown also offered some explanation for the team's struggles overall.
The explanation now from Mack Brown is that coaches and players may be trying too hard.— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) September 16, 2013
Mack Brown deferred to film after the game about inability to move the ball in the 2nd half. Says he still doesn't know what happened.— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) September 16, 2013
After replacing Manny Diaz with Greg Robinson, there wasn't a real discernible difference in Texas' performance against the run -- the Longhorns still gave up six yards a carry and allowed Ole Miss to roll up 272 rushing yards in total.
Mack Brown spoke a little more about Robinson on Monday, being careful to point out that it was his first week. The team does have an idea on what specifically needs improvement, though.
Mack Brown: We didn't bring in Greg for last weekend; we brought him in for the Big 12 Conference.— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) September 16, 2013
@am1300thezone--Mack Brown on the defense: "Stop the option. My goodness--the defensive line is playing well. It's outside we have to fix."— Craig Way (@craigway1) September 16, 2013
Brown also gave some personnel updates heading into Texas' game against Kansas State, where they will definitely be missing a major offensive weapon.
— Randy Riggs (@ranriggs) September 16, 2013
@am1300thezone--David Ash's evaluation will continue up until Tuesday. The hope is that he'll be able to practice on Tuesday.— Craig Way (@craigway1) September 16, 2013
On negativity surrounding the Texas program, Mack Brown said, "I'm not paying attention to anything other than beating Kansas State."— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) September 16, 2013