Mack Brown: "I'm going to try to make it to 2020."
In 2008, Mack Brown told the media he never imagined back in 1998, the year of his hiring, he would still be at Texas a decade later. Six seasons later, six seasons after naming then-defensive coordinator and current Florida head coach Will Muschamp his successor in waiting, Brown sees his run in Austin lasting nearly a quarter century.
“I want to finish at Texas,” Brown told Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde. “If I’m healthy and we win, I’m going to try to make 2020 [when his current contract expires]. I think it would be fun to do that, get back on another roll."
Truth be told, 2020 felt a century away as recently as last October, as the Longhorns suffered a second straight blowout at the hands of Oklahoma. But Texas closed by winning five of its final seven games, including a come-from-behind victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.
“I’m not going to [be fired],” Brown told Forde.
If Brown is right, and Texas gets back on another roll akin to its 2004-09 teams that went 69-9, played in four BCS games, won one national championship and played for another, his confidence will prove warranted. With a team that returns 19 staters and more collective starts than anyone in the country, one can see why he believes this is the year the second act of the Mack Brown Era takes off. At a place where 9-4 seasons are treated like 6-6 campaigns, as Brown notes, the natives are ready for party like it's 2005.
“We could win nine again and be disappointed,” Brown said. “Or we could win all of them.”