In the 2006 BCS National Championship the Texas Longhorns and the USC Trojans played in what many now consider to be one of the greatest championship games of the BCS era. College football fans far and wide remember where they were when they witnessed Vince Young, Reggie Bush, and Matt Leinart go toe to toe one jaw dropping play after the other.
Each year both of these proud programs replenish their rosters with 5-star recruits poised to duplicate the success of their predecessors but since that fateful night when the Longhorns defeated the Trojans nothing has been quite the same. In week 2 we learned that when Cougars attack Longhorns and Trojans crumble.
For nearly a decade Coach Mack Brown averaged nearly 10 wins a season and had an embarrassment of riches due to the fertile recruiting ground in the state of Texas, where football is life. But after a devastating loss to a undermanned and less talented BYU Cougars team many scratching their heads trying to figure out how in the heck it happened. The Longhorn defense was brutalized on the ground by a quarterback coming off an ACL injury who amassed 259 yards rushing. Former five-star recruits like linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat continue the dismal trend of high school All-Americans who fail to live up to expectations as Longhorns. Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after Saturday’s embarrassment, will Mack Brown be next to go?
The Lane Kiffin era was also dealt a serious blow as the Trojans lost the Washington State Cougars for the first time in eight years. There was a time when the Trojans were the kings of college football but due to NCAA sanctions, scholarship reductions, and parody in the Pac 12 has made this once proud program shadows of itself.
For many patience is a virtue but in the world of college football with boosters, televeision networks, and recruiting patience is a nonexistent phenomenon that will not buy you as much time as it used too. Although the Longhorns and Trojans are both 1-1 the coaching hot seat is heating up for Mack Brown and Lane Kiffin in week 2 of a 15 week season. After embarrassing losses to undermanned teams, what will these once proud programs do for an encore? Stay tuned… I know I will