Posted February 03, 2014

Texas commit: Mack Brown told me to ‘look around’

Mack Brown, Recruiting, Texas Longhorns
Mack Brown (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Mack Brown resigned in December after 16 years in charge of the Longhorns. (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

On the weekend that Mack Brown announced his resignation from Texas, the coach reportedly told at least one Longhorns commit to “look around” before signing with the program.

John Bonney, a three-star safety from Houston’s Lamar High, told Houston TV station KTRK that Brown offered the advice to him and a handful of other recruits on an official visit to Texas.

“I was at my official visit when Mack Brown resigned, and he told us to go look around. [He said] he’ll even talk to other coaches for you and everything because he really just wanted the best for us as players.”

The Longhorns hired former Louisville coach Charlie Strong last month to replace Brown, who announced his resignation in December after 16 seasons. Bonney told KTRK that he remains committed to Texas despite making visits to Auburn and Baylor. Strong’s current 21-member class ranks 14th in the country, according to Rivals.com

Brown is set to remain on payroll at Texas as a special adviser through 2020.

7 comments
dorado
dorado

sounds like mack's trying to sabotage texas so that charlie strong doesn't have a winning record and justify mack getting booted.

BigBubba
BigBubba

Depends why the player committed.  Did player want to specifically play for Mack Brown?  If so, then it is wise to look around.  If he wanted to play for Texas, regardless--not such nice advice.  Lloyd Carr ran into the same problem when he told Ryan Mallett he'd sign the transfer papers after Rich Rodriguez became coach.  Carr has had tremendous criticism for that, but I thought it was looking after the player's best interest, especially since Rodriguez would have found Mallett the opposite of what he coaches.  (And Mallett is a head case, in college at least).

usamnt
usamnt

Stab at a sensational headline. I'm in sales and I often tell my clients to look around, I want what is best for them. And it's true. It doesn't mean that I don't try to close them as to why my product IS what is best for them. Nothing to see here. Way too little info. Sports media and their BS made-up drama.

KevinAustin
KevinAustin

@dorado  No - at this point Mack had allegiance to the kid, not the university. Mack got fired, at this point he wants the kid to go where he is comfortable.