Culpepper: Muschamp Mack Brown's 'Best Hire'

I like this ‘new' Mack Brown. In the same mood as he had at the Holiday Bowl, Brown said goodbye to Larry Mac Duff and went on the prowl for a real college defensive coordinator.

I was a great fan of Will Muschamp at LSU and Auburn. In my opinion, he is the best hire Mack Brown has made since he took the Texas job.

Muschamp is perfect for what ails the Texas defense. He is an on-the-sideline dynamo who will demand much more from the Longhorn defensive line (pursuit to the maximum), linebackers (putting those on the field who make plays this spring) and secondary (finding some hitters at safety).

What's more important is that I think Mack Brown will listen to Muschamp and ask his advice. Coach Brown saw what a great defensive effort can do in the Holiday Bowl and wants more of it.

This spring will be crucial for maintaining that aggressive attitude shown in San Diego.

It will take more than "inside drills" to find out who the real players are. It is a must that Texas go ones versus ones and force the linebackers and secondary to make plays in space. That play-making inability destroyed the Longhorn defense the last two seasons.

There were sacred cows (or Longhorns) before the Holiday Bowl; there shouldn't be any in the spring. All jobs open and let the hammer down on full pad days for at least one session of one defense versus one offense, holding nothing back.

I won't forget what Texas looked like at Kyle Field last November, and neither should Mack Brown.

Pat Culpepper played for The University from 1960-62 and graduated from UT with a B.A. degree with honors in history. He coached college football for 12 years as an assistant at Texas, Colorado, Tulane, Baylor and Memphis State and was head coach at Northern Illinois from 1976-79. He also spent 16 years as a high school coach in Texas at Midland, Lufkin, Galveston Ball, Westfield and his hometown of Cleburne. He was selected to the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1991. His commentary appears regularly in the Inside Texas magazine and at

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