by Travis Normand
On November 27, 2012, Barry Horn (@bhorn55) tweeted a quote that he claimed was from Longhorn football coach Mack Brown.
The tweet read:
UT’s Mack hardly endorses #Aggie for Heisman. “Colt wasn’t ready as a freshman … I’d like it to be best player on best team.”
I am still trying to track down the original location of this quote (Was it said at a press conference? On a radio show? Where?). Until I find it, I will reserve judgment.
However, I will point this out. The last Heisman winner produced by Mack Brown was Ricky Williams (1998). That 1998 Longhorn squad finished the season 9-3 (if you count their Cotton Bowl victory) and 6-2 in the Big 12 conference. They finished second place in the Big 12 South Division behind Texas A&M (Big 12 Conference Champions). Their final national rank at season’s end was 15th in the AP Poll.
In other words, Ricky Williams may have been the best player but he was clearly not on the best team. I am guessing Mack doesn’t remember that far back.
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“It would be a tremendous injustice if Ricky Williams didn’t win the Heisman Trophy,” Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum said.
This quote by Texas A&M’s then-head football coach RC Slocum appeared in the Chicago Tribune on December 13, 1998. The title of the article was Even other coaches like Williams, by Blair Kerkhoff.
If the above twitter quote is legit, its a shame that Mack Brown can’t find it within himself to return the favor.