It's been the most talked about issue in Mack Brown's tenure. It's also the issue that produces the most passionate responses from the Longhorn faithful. Anyone who thinks he should go is accused of being shortsighted and ignorant of the larger concerns of the team. Anyone who thinks he should stay is accused of being a "sunshine pumper" who thinks the Texas coaches are unstoppable, godlike figures who are completely incapable of making mistakes.
I've indicated my personal opinion of Davis' play-calling issues in a previous column, following the Longhorns 24-7 loss to Ohio State, but it's worth investigating the origins of the controversy and the most effective recourse for those who wish for Davis' removal.
The debate itself has evolved out of the old "fire Mack Brown" debate, which finally died with the Longhorns' 2005 win over OU, Big 12 championship and national title. The websites urging for Brown's firing are now long gone.
SaveTheHorns.com? Last update: January 8th, 2004.
FireMackBrown.com? Gone. Where the page used to be it simply reads:
"This is the default page for a vDeck hosting server. If you were expecting to see your website, come back tomorrow."
It ain't gonna be there tomorrow, or ever again.
If it is generally accepted that Brown is not the cause of the Longhorns 2006 woes, then attention is naturally turned to individual members of his staff and, most popularly, Davis. Thus, introduction of a website such as FireGregDavis.com would seem like a logical step, but not a particularly helpful one.
Asking the University of Texas to fire Greg Davis would be futile given the high standing he appears to have with the athletic administration and, especially, Brown. If there ever was any question in Deloss Dodds' mind as to the capability of his football team's OC, there is a great number of statistics that could be held up by Davis and his supporters to argue for his continued employment.
No, asking the University to get rid of Davis wouldn't work. The only way that Davis is leaving Texas is through retirement (likely many years from now) or if another program hires him to be their head coach.
FireGregDavis.com: Ineffective. HireGregDavis.com: Now you've got something.
If you're asking Texas to remove Davis, you're asking the wrong people. The University of Miami, who may be needing a head coach soon, could do something about it. Or, perhaps, the University of North Carolina, who will be needing a coach after this season with the firing of John Bunting. Davis was the OC at UNC under Brown.
HireGregDavis.com would be a place for its creator to, with tongue firmly planted against cheek, fill with praises for the skills and abilities of Davis. There are certainly a lot of gaudy statistics one could post on the site.
Take the 2005 national championship season, for example. Texas set single season records for total offense (6,657) and points (652), and Davis was presented with the Frank Broyles Award at the conclusion of the season, given annually to the top assistant coach in the nation.
Also, the offense, under Davis, has produced 28 of the 51 500-yard total offense efforts in school history, including three of the top five performances. His offense has produced three of the last eight Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year -- RB Ricky Williams, 1998; QB Major Applewhite, 1999; QB Vince Young, 2005. During his tenure at Texas, Davis has tutored 24 first-team All-Big 12 performers and 27 others who have earned recognition among the All-Big 12 second, third and honorable mention teams.
This year, under the offensive coordinator's tutelage (Davis is also the Horns' quarterbacks coach), Colt McCoy, a mere redshirt freshman, has thrown 20 touchdown passes and only three picks and is smashing freshman records and so on and so forth.
Of course, there is a problem you could run into while putting this whole endeavor together. After going over all of these remarkable statistics, you may begin to think that getting rid of Greg Davis isn't such a good idea after all.