A small piece of college football coaching history was made late last Saturday night when Texas beat West Virginia 47-40 in overtime.
Earlier in the day, Watson Brown’s Tennessee Tech team beat Southeast Missouri 41-16 to give the Brown brothers their 362nd combined victory as college football head coaches. Mack’s win later that night win, victory 363, broke a record set by Bill and Vince Dooley as the winningest set of brothers in college football history.
“I didn’t even know until (Wednesday morning) that we had done that,” Mack told the Cookeville (Tenn.) Herald-Citizen. “We’re so lucky.?A lot of people don’t get the chance to be a football coach and be around great kids like these, especially at the college level. Watson and I have been really blessed that not only have we gotten to coach in this business, but to do so for such a long time.”
With nearly three full decades of head coaching experience at Appalachian State, Tulane, North Carolina and Texas, Mack owns 157 of those 363 wins. Fourteen months Mack’s senior, Watson earned the remaining 122 at Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Rice, Vanderbilt, UAB and Tennessee Tech.
“It’s neat,” Watson said. “We haven’t talked about it, didn’t talk about it during the season and haven’t since before the season started, but we will. It’s an honor, and I’m just so proud of my brother. He’s just done so well, and I’m just so proud of Mack. He’s won, he’s won at places where they expect you to win, yet he’s turned them into even better than they were. He’s always done that and always did it the right way.”
There’s a new number out there for the likes of Bob and Mark Stoops, Tommy and Terry Bowden, Bo and Carl Pelini and…. Lane and Blaine Kiffin? Kliff and Biff Kingsbury? Brady and Grady Hoke?
Something tells me this record will stay in the books for a long time coming.