So, three games into the season, Manny Diaz was out as UT's defensive coordinator. Greg Robinson - who of late had been the head coach at Syracuse and Rich Rodriguez's defensive coordinator at Michigan, neither with much success - was brought in. He was readily available because he didn't have a coaching job at the time.
It was a gamble, of course, by Brown because acts such as that are usually those born of desperation. And this one was.
But it's worked out pretty well so far.
"I'm really happy for Greg Robinson that he's back in coaching and he's had such a positive effect on our staff and on our team. He's really done a great job for us,'' Brown said. "I'm still sad that Manny had to leave and, really and truly, I've said it many times, Manny is a great coach. For whatever reason the chemistry wasn't working.
"Greg is the old, gray-haired guy that's been around and he came in smoothly and he put things in place. We were talking this morning about it was sad that he wasn't here a little bit longer for Ole Miss [which scored 44 points and beat Texas a few days after the change was made] because that's one we'd like to have back with him. But since that time we've played great defense most of the time.''
But while the defensive adjustments and revitalization have certainly played a big part in Texas' revival, it's not the only thing. The entire team has more confidence, if for no other reason than it is winning, and winning tends to breed confidence.
Well, it also helps if you can run the football, play good special teams and force turnovers.
"All of those things are coming together,'' Brown said. "We weren't as sharp on offense [last week in a 35-13 win against Kansas] as we'd like to be, but it's there and we've seen it there. When you run the ball the other stuff happens more easily.''
The bottom line is that Texas is a team that now plays as if it expects to win. Perhaps a lot of that has something to do with the Longhorns' schedule. Save for Oklahoma, they were supposed to beat all the teams in this five-game stretch. But doing it was another matter entirely.
"You can't just make [confidence] happen if it's not there,'' Brown said. "But we've got some older guys who have really been good leaders and who have stepped up. They didn't panic. They're smart young people.''
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