Texas coach understands Vols challenge

Texas coach understands Vols challenge


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Texas football coach Mack Brown says he understands what Tennessee is facing in rebuilding its football program.

He's lived it.

Brown became the head coach at Texas in 1998, a year after the Longhorns finished 4-7, their worst record in fifty years.

"When we went down there we were 4-7 and struggling so I think it's similar," Brown said before Saturday's Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. 

"We were lucky we had one great player in Ricky Williams. We had some other guys that played hard around him. But Ricky won the Heisman that year and we won nine games and that got us started."

"These are hard jobs, you've got to work everyday and then you've got to be lucky some," he added.

Texas won the BCS national title following the 2005 season.

The Tennessee native was in Knoxville to receive the General Neyland Award presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club. 

"My granddad loved General Neyland and obviously as a young coach you looked up to people like Coach Bryant, Coach Butts and Bobby Dodd and General Neyland and to me mentioned in the same breath as his is such an honor."

"Also, I am great friends with Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer and for those two guys to have won this award and for all those guys on that list it's even more special."

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