Oregon vs Texas Preview

Alamo Bowl – December 30, 2013

Oregon Ducks vs. Texas Longhorns

Monday Evening at 6:45PM, it’s the Oregon Ducks vs. the Texas Longhorns at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. This match marks the final game that Mack Brown will be coaching at Texas who was set to resign after his 16th season in Austin, TX.

In recent weeks, this has become somewhat of a distraction for the Texas program bringing Bill Powers (school president) along with Steve Patterson, the new athletic director at Texas, to inform coach Brown that he could choose to remain coach of the Longhorns. However, Brown has decided to do otherwise. “I felt like I could stay,” Brown said. “I really felt like it wasn’t best for the university to stay.”

Mack Brown, who was at a salary over $5 million a year under a contract until 2020, will be staying as a special consultant to school president Powers. “I sincerely want to get back to the top and that’s why I’m stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”

Between 2001 to 2009, coach led his Texas Longhorns who averaged 11.2 wins, won the national championship after being undefeated in 2005 and claimed two Big 12 titles. The Texas Longhorns (8-4) started out the season ranked 15th but then lost two of its first three, putting the pressure on Brown.

“The standard is really high here,” said coach Mack Brown, whose 158 wins with the Texas Longhorns ranks just behind the late Darrell Royal, who claimed 167 victories. “We set a standard at this place. You’d better win all of them. I understand that.”

Texas will need to pull it all together Monday night when they meet the Oregon Ducks (10-2) on the field. The Ducks rank second in the FBS with an average of 573.0 total yards. Quarterback Mariota, a Heisman Trophy candidate for most of the season, has completed 63.1 percent of passes for 3,412 yards, four interceptions and 30 touchdowns.

Oregon Ducks New Football Facility

The new football performance center that the Oregon Ducks are going to have this upcoming season is impressive to say the least.

The luxurious new complex includes 64 new flat screens, a movie theater and even a barber shop. Some of the new features also include:

  • A new media room with theater-style seating for post game interviews and press conferences

  • A two-story theater for the full team to study film on a retractable 30-foot projection screen

  • New coaches offices to overlook the practice fields that include shades to darken the room with the touch of a button for reviewing film on the drop down flat screens

  • A new state of the art weight room including custom-made squat racks and a 40-yard electronic track lane

  • Lockers with double doors that slide into the frame to eliminate barriers and benches which face out to encourage teammate interaction

  • A barber shop near the locker room offering haircuts at a student rate

  • New coaches’ locker room includes a hydrotherapy pool and mirrors with TVs embedded in them.

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I think this new facility will get the players excited to come to practice every day and will certainly help when it comes to recruiting.