“It sounds kind of crass but that’s just a fact of life.”

That quote pretty much sums up the story of the University of Texas’ big boosters, who are giving at an unprecedented level.

While revenue at many big-time college football programs has fallen or stayed flat last season, revenue at the University of Texas—which comes from things like ticket sales and suite rentals—jumped by 20% last year to $87.6 million, the most ever generated by a college football program and almost $20 million more than second-place Ohio State University pulled in.

That’s taking place during a brutal recession, folks.  So much for that “unseemly” raise for Mack Brown.  He’s earned it.

Mr. Jamail says he was honored that his alma mater named the football field after him in 1997—until the Longhorns suffered an embarrassing loss to UCLA early in the season. “I called the athletic director and said, ‘How much money will it take to get my name off” that field? Mr. Jamail recalls. The coach at the time, John Mackovic, was fired at the end of that season and the selection committee sought Mr. Jamail’s opinion on Mr. Brown before hiring him.

When Mr. Brown took the helm in 1998, former Longhorn coach and athletic director Darrell Royal instructed him to call Mr. Jamail and ask for his blessing. “It’s his field, you need to get his permission,” Mr. Royal told Mr. Brown, who did as he was told.

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11 responses to ““It sounds kind of crass but that’s just a fact of life.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Ever since somebody devised Texas a worthless tract land that produced a few gushers, it has been in a league of its own. Can’t use it for comparison.

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  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    And you would criticize Mack, who has at least brought unadulterated joy to a whole bunch of people who are Texas fans, but its ok for the bums at Citibank, for instance, to scurry back to their mansions on Long Island, their pockets full?

    I sure don’t want to live anywhere else, but this can be a goofy country, intellectually speaking.

    And the only important point in the discussion is what does this mean for Will Muschamp?

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    • Phocion

      I suppose it is easy to assume that these ‘bums at Citibank’ were all hired in the last couple years and had nothing to do with creating the prosperity of the previous couple of decades.

      Give unto Mack what is Mack’s. He has created great prosperity for UT. For a professor or fan to want to dictate how he should be paid or the money from the athletic department is spent approaches the height of arrogance. The state of football at Hofstra or the global economy should have nothing at all to do with how Mack Brown is compensated for the work he does.

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  3. And you would criticize Mack, who has at least brought unadulterated joy to a whole bunch of people who are Texas fans, but its ok for the bums at Citibank, for instance, to scurry back to their mansions on Long Island, their pockets full?

    I think the country’s financial system is kind of important as well, fwiw.

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  4. Mack Brown, who would never win a MNC, who was too soft and nice and didn’t scream on the sidelines, who was too loyal to terrible coordinators, who was dominated by his biggest rival, etc, etc…

    Fire. Everyone.

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    Texas, spot on about Mack’s lack of screaming etc.

    And as far as the nation’s financial system is concerned…well, you ain’t a Tejas fan.

    I don’t remember…when did Mack hire Muschamp from Auburn?

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    • And as far as the nation’s financial system is concerned…well, you ain’t a Tejas fan.

      Huh?

      I don’t remember…when did Mack hire Muschamp from Auburn?

      2008. Why?

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    If I am a Texas fan, my team is playing for the National Championship…who cares about the nation’s financial system when we got Bama to deal with….was what I meant.

    As to Muschamp, just daydreaming about turning the corner and all….guess he was hired after the turn was made.

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  7. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Looks to me like David Muschamp has fallen into something really good, the lucky SOB. If I were him you wouldn’t be able to get me out of there with dynamite.

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