Despite ugly exit, Mack Brown's Texas tenure defined by success

Sunday December 15th, 2013
Mack Brown went 158-47 during his 16-year tenure at Texas, including winning the 2005 national title.
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With time, the public will move on from these ugly past few months and all of the recent drama. The Longhorns fan base will throw their support behind the new coach. Given some distance, there will likely be a long-term appreciation for the Mack Brown era of Texas football beyond what accompanied it in real time. History is usually kinder to successful coaches than the present, and more forgiving of those who stayed past their prime.

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