Added Brown, "Weve got good leaders. What we need to do is look at Saturday night and see how we play. Thats the important thing."
The last time players decided not to speak to media was in 1986 during Fred Akers last season as head coach. Then, several players were upset about the media reports about players selling football tickets plus other alleged disciplinary problems on the team. But this decision has more to do with focusing on football, Brown said.
"In talking to Roy (Williams) and the seniors," Brown reported, "they just said they didnt want any distractions this week and that it was important that we got back on track and they wanted to make sure they watched films and study Rice and practice really hard and didnt talk about the game but played well in the game."
The decision comes as a surprise, given the reaction (or, lack thereof) of several players during Mondays press luncheon. Yesterday, several athletes said there had been no team meetings among players; nor was any planned. There would be no called session of the Leadership Council because, "I dont think we have any issues right now," senior SE Roy Williams said Monday.
Some underclassmen said they were not aware of older players privately exhorting, or encouraging, younger athletes following the loss.
Senior DT Marcus Tubbs said Monday that coaches handled the Arkansas loss "just like any other game" and that the post-game meetings amounted to "a positive day overall."
"We did lose but there were some good things in the game," Tubbs said. "Obviously, there were some bad things in the games. But they praised us on the good things that we did but they also emphasized on the negatives that we did and how we need to fix them."
Sophomore DT Rodrique Wright said Monday, "It was just really, really quiet. Everyone was still kind of disappointed."
Wright said coaches attributed the loss to Arkansas heightened level of intensity and to a handful of Longhorn breakdowns at inopportune times.
Players do not divulge who is on the Leadership Council (but we know Roy Williams is on it). While it was also not revealed who called the session Tuesday, only seniors can convene it (according to what QB Chance Mock said Monday).
"Weve got a group of seniors that are trying to get back on track and make everybody focus and make everybody understand that football is really important here and that we need to win," Brown said. "So, I think thats what their decision was."
Its still puzzling that Williams would say on Monday that there is no need to convene the Council. It makes you wonder if Brown, a-hem, suggested that the Council convene. And it would not be a stretch to say that Brown was not happy with way the media reported the loss to Arkansas. But he also said Tuesday that was "not at all" a coaches decision and that he had just found out about it.
"Thats their decision," Brown said. "Thats something they wanted to do."
Bottom line: if the players decision is not simply a matter of symbolism over substance, then this is a good thing. If that is the case, then they know it should not be business as usual this week at the Forty Acres. It means they are determined not to let anything like the Arkansas game happen again.
But if the gag order was something Brown suggested because he was mad at the media, then this is a misdirected distraction that the players do not need as they attempt to right the ship.
Let us hope that it is the former.