Off The Hook - Texas Longhorns® Vmag

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Getting in the Right Position...

When I talked to Mack on Monday, his voice was really scratchy. "You okay?" "Sure," he said. “My allergies kick in like this every year in Austin about now. Everybody just thinks it has to do with Oklahoma.”

Everybody thinks everything has to do with the Oklahoma game this week. At least everybody in the states of Texas and Oklahoma and across the college football landscape. But as questionable as Mack’s actual voice sounded, I couldn’t say the same about his confidence. Nothing cocky, just comfortable...assured...knowing.

Texas recruits and those hoping to be will listen for anything and everything in Mack’s voice this week. They’ll listen in the all-pervasive interviews. They’ll listen and watch him on the sidelines in the 4th quarter. Three of the last four years going into the last quarter, 6 points or less separated the two teams. They’ll hope to detect anything that will reinforce that their Longhorns commitments or that their dreams to be one are well placed.

For those lucky fans who get next week’s Vmag, you’ll hear Mack’s locker room comments before the game, at halftime and in the swirl of emotion after the last seconds tick off the clock. Frankly, after what I heard in the Ohio State locker room, I can’t wait.

I can tell you this: Whether it’s Mack talking or Duane Akina and Mac McWhorter teaching their players in the weekly position meetings featured in this week’s Vmag, I hope you’ll hear what I do. It’s hard to describe but it’s there; a real cohesiveness, real belief. They believe in each other and what they can and will do together. They believe in this team.