Mack Brown Named AFCA President for 2013, Must Stay Focused on Big 12

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Mack Brown has yet another title to add to his impressive resume: President of the American Football Coaches Association for 2013.

The head coach of the Texas Longhorns will be taking the helm after having been on the board of the AFCA for several years. The AFCA, along with USA Today, is responsible for putting out the NCAA FBS Coaches Poll as well as the Division II and Division III football Top 25 polls. The organization also selects an All-American team every season.

As a Longhorn fan it pleases me to see Coach Brown elected to this prestigious position that has been filled by, among other great coaches, the late Darrell K. Royal. Still I can’t help but think that Brown should be more concerned with winning the trophy that bears the AFCA’s name rather than leading the organization.

Sure his duties as president cannot be that time consuming but being a head coach of a monster program like the one at Texas is a 24/7 job. That job is even more strenuous when you consider that the Longhorns haven’t played up to snuff for the past several seasons. ‘Horns fans need Brown focused on Texas football, especially since the 2013 outlook for Texas is very positive, and not just in terms of their team, but in terms of the Big 12.

The Kansas State Wildcats are going to lose more than a step or two with the departure of Collin Klein, and while the Oklahoma Sooners always find ways to fill voids left by departures, Landry Jones will leave some big shoes to fill. The TCU Horned Frogs and West Virginia Mountaineers both have question marks at QB. For TCU it is whether or not Casey Pachall will return or if Trevone Boykin will be the man under center again, and WVU has to replace Geno Smith. The second year in the Big 12 for those two schools might be rougher than the first. The Baylor Bears will be sans Nick Florence, and up in Lubbock the Texas Tech Red Raiders will be working with a new quarterback and a new head coach. 2013 has the potential to be very orange at the top with Texas and the Oklahoma State Cowboys bringing back most of their parts.

The long and short of it is that while all of us down here in Austin are very happy for Mack Brown and glad that he is getting another resume line, we want and need his focus to be on improving the Texas football team and dominating a very winnable Big 12 in 2013.

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