Brown talks bowl schedule, BCS, salary

Texas head football coach Mack Brown (WBRC photo)
Texas head football coach Mack Brown (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - When Texas lost to Washington State in the 2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, head coach Mack Brown decided it was time to make some changes.

"Yes, we tweaked our Bowl schedule after the '03 Holiday Bowl. We did not feel we prepared our team as well as we should."

Brown talked Tuesday morning about the changes he made in bowl preparations during the Texas team media interviews in Newport Beach, Calif., where the team is preparing to play Alabama for the BCS national championship.

"We took ideas from Wisconsin and Bobby Bowden and Florida State because they've won so many bowls in a way, and we tweaked our system at that time, and we feel like what we're doing now is the best way for us to prepare. I think we've won seven of the last eight, so the kids have -- the one we lost was the 2003 one where we didn't play very well."

Brown was also asked about the BCS format and whether he believes college football needs a playoff.

"What we've got is better than what we had, and I don't think what we've got is best for college football. I'd like to keep working and tweaking and see if we can get the best teams to play at the end.

Brown said there is still a place for the bowl games.

"I love watching the Bowls. The 7-and-5 teams that win a Bowl game are just as happy as the winner of Thursday night's game. I do think there's a place for Bowls and we need to keep them because the Bowls affect the large majority of the college football teams. But I would like so see a better way of measuring who's the best college football team at the end."

Brown admits, though, the current system is not going to change anytime soon.

"They told us it's not going to change. And when I voice my opinion usually someone has an opinion of my opinion and then it goes away the next day and we go back to the system. I think we've got what we've got."

Brown also was asked about the $2 million raise he received last year.

"I don't feel guilty at all because that's not my decision," Brown said. "I didn't ask for it, the University decided to pay it, and what they did is obviously made a business decision. Coaches are making more money than ever before. There's more scrutiny on coaches than ever before, and universities need money more than ever before to run all the other sports.

"I think from a business standpoint, if you ask the CEOs in the state of Texas they would agree with it. If you asked other people they might not because when a football coach makes more than the university president, that's hard to understand, and I get that. I can understand it without question."

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