Around the Missouri football program, there are many fond memories of Texas coach Mack Brown, who announced Sunday that he would resign after the Longhorns’ bowl game.
“He’s just a great coach,” MU coach Gary Pinkel said. “Legendary, he’ll be a legend at Texas. I guess whatever the situation is those guys have got to make decisions what’s best for everybody. Obviously, I wasn’t sitting in on any of those meetings, but he certainly is a great coach and had a huge impact on college football.”
Pinkel said that when he took over at Missouri, Brown would send him handwritten congratulatory notes after big victories during those first few seasons.
“He’s a great guy,” Pinkel said. “I sat in meetings with him for all those years and he’s a heck of a coach. His record speaks for itself.”
Brown is 158-47 in 16 seasons at Texas, including the 2005 national championship. He is second the storied program’s history in wins behind only Darrell Royal’s 167.
Pinkel and many Missouri players will remember Brown as the embodiment of class, which was on display Nov. 12, 2011, during the Longhorns’ 17-5 loss at Memorial Stadium when Tigers running back Henry Josey suffered a gruesome knee injury.
As Josey, who had recruiting flirtations with Texas during his high school career in Angleton, Texas, was carted off the field, Brown ran across Faurot Field and whispered in Josey’s ear.
“I love Mack Brown,” Josey said. “He’s a good guy. I had a chance to meet him in high school. I pretty much was at Texas every weekend, because that’s what my plans were — to stay in Texas. I still have a relationship with him. For him to do that was awesome and shows that he actually cares.”