No More Questions About The Big One

By Adam Caparell - September 06, 2006

If there’s one thing Jim Tressel and Mack Brown do not have to worry about heading into Ohio State’s visit to Texas this weekend it’s the questions about whether or not they can win the big game.

For years, the Texas coach was criticized for never being able to deliver big wins in Austin. There were all those losses to Oklahoma and, just as importantly, no national championships.

Of course, that all changed last year with Texas’ title win. He’s won the big game and no longer has to face those questions he never really cared to answer in the first place.

“It really doesn’t matter to me,” Brown said. “There was a certain amount of pressure when a game like this would come around. It’s not really about me. It’s about the players on the field. I’m glad there’s less talk about the two coaches and more about the teams.”

Tressel faced similar questions in the past after coming to Ohio State from D-IAA Youngstown State. Could he win the big game? Of course, he’s proven any of those doubters wrong with his own national championship and wins over Michigan.

And while Saturday will mark only the second time Ohio State and Texas have faced-off, the two coaches are more than familiar with each other.

Tressel has studied Brown’s coaching jobs in the past, specifically the adversity he overcame at North Carolina, resurrecting a football program to new heights at a basketball school. Tressel has spoken with Brown about his time at Chapel Hill where he Brown lead the Tar Heels to a top five ranking and six straight bowl games before leaving for Texas in 1997.

Brown’s followed Tressel as well, and was one of the first coaches to write a congratulatory note to Tressel upon his hiring at Ohio State in 2001.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:08 PM on September 06, 2006

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