Until the final horn sounds Monday night, Mack Brown is the second-winningest active coach in college football. His 224 wins place him 10th in the all-time standings. And for every player on the Texas roster, he's the only coach they've ever known. He's obviously the only coach they've had in their time in Austin, but he's quite literally the only head Horn in their memory banks; a 22-year-old senior was in first grade when Brown coached his first game in Texas.
Texas players took some time recently to share their thoughts on Brown. Here are some snippets of what they had to say:
Senior guard Trey Hopkins: "Coach Brown has helped me through a lot. I was going through some stuff my sophomore year. Coach Brown kind of sat me down and talked me through it and got me back going. He just acts as a father figure....He's really a good guy to be able to talk to."
Junior defensive back Quandre Diggs: "He coached me and my brother (former Texas and NFL defensive back Quentin Jammer), I've known him for such a long time, probably longer than anybody else on the team. He means a lot to me, honestly. He's a legend here. Besides coaching, he's just a better man. He taught us great lessons in life, things that will help us when we're grown men."
Junior center Dominic Espinosa: "A great mentor for me, a person who's taught me a lot about life and being a man. Other than on the field stuff, off the field he's helped me out tremendously, and obviously he's been a great coach for us. I can't say enough about him and what he's done."