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COACH JOHN MACKOVIC

1992-1997

 

John Mackovic earns a Scholarship to Wake Forest where he teams up with Brian Piccolo. 

He was an assistant Coach with the Dallas Cowboys, head coach of Kansas City Chiefs, and head coach for the University of Illinois. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A condensed bullet point history of Texas Longhorn football during the Mackovic years follows. Please either visit the "credit" section of this website to view books available for purchase from many fine book stores or visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site Texassports.com.  

 

In the book Runnin' with the Big Dogs the author states that Mackovic's coaching failures are due to "death by personality". 

 

 

 

 

Even this song cannot pump up the Mackovic era's won-loss record

 

 

 

1992  6-5 Coach Mackovic

During Coach Mackovic years at Texas he concentrates mainly on recruiting receivers, quarterbacks, and backs such as Shea Morenz, Mike Adams, Lovell Pinkey, and Ricky Williams.  

 

 

 

Mike Adams holds the career record for total return yards on kickoff/punts (2,651 yards) and most returns (160). He ranks 3rd behind Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson for most all purpose yards.

 

 

The 1992 team holds the season record for most yards per play (7.4).

This season is average but there are 4 Longhorns drafted in the NFL. 

Mackovic says of Peter Gardere " I don't know anybody who earned as much respect from his teammates and coaches this year as he did".

 

 

 

 

The second Century of Texas football is about to begin with Mackovic in charge. 

 

 

 
 
 

Hilarious attempt by former Aggie Coach Jackie Sherrill who morphed into the Mississippi State Head Coach's Desperate attempt to beat the Longhorns.

In order to motivate his football players at Mississippi State to beat Texas, Jackie Sherrill has his  team view a bull castration.  MSU administration condemns this technique of "motivation" and Sherrill apologizes.  

Blake Brockermeyer All American and Hall of Honor Inductee

 

1993  5-5-1 PENDING Coach Mackovic

 

1994  8-4 Coach Mackovic

Final ranking 25th nationally

Rice beats Texas for the first time since 1965.

 

 

 

 

Phil Dawson holds the career record for field goal attempts (79); and most field goals made (59).

 

 

 

 

Chris Carter holds the career record for most return yards (261).

 

 

 

 

 

Mackovic beats Mack Brown's North Carolina team in the Sun Bowl. This is Texas first bowl victory in 13 years.

 

 

 

Shea Morenz is hurt and James Brown starts the OU game. Texas wins 17-10 after Stonie Clark, the 6-foot-1, 343 pound  nose tackle Crush's running back James Allen at the goal line  with 43 seconds to play. 

 

 

 

 

 

Stonie Clarks goal line tackle 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1995  10-2-1 Coach Mackovic

Final ranking 14th nationally

Texas wins the SWC championship with a scholarship player who has no college eligibility.  Ron McKelvey (Ron Weaver)  plays in 11 games at Texas.  His mother and father do not know he is on the Texas team. Federal prosecutors charge Ron with "fraudulent misrepresentation" and misuse of a social security number. The result- no NCAA infraction for Texas and Ron reimburses Texas $5000 for the cost of the scholarship. 

Pat Fitzgerald 

 

 

 

Pat Fitzgerald holds the Longhorn season record for touchdown receptions (8) for a tight end. 

Texas breaks A & M's 31 game home winning streak. 

After 80 years the SWC is dissolved. 

Ricky Williams is a Freshman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996 8-5 Coach Mackovic

 

 

TOP SONG

Final ranking 23rd nationally

 

 

Less than a decade after UT declines to rename the stadium after D.X. Bible, the stadium is renamed after DKR.  

Texas is a 21 point underdog to Nebraska when James Brown says to the media "I don't know.... I think we're going to win by three touchdowns."  His comment inflames the Nebraska players and fans, but James confidence also inspires the UT football team . "Roll Left"- The play that won the game in the last minutes of the 4th quarter is now part of Texas football history . Brown connects with Derrick Lewis to help win the game.  Texas 37  Nebraska 27

 

 

The Texas win over Nebraska is voted the most stunning upset of the 1990's .

 

 

 

 

Roll Left play starts at 1:26:00 in video below.

 

 

 

Priest Holmes and Ricky Williams represent one of the greatest backfields in the History of college football.

 

 

The Longhorns defeat Texas Tech and claim the Chancellor’s Spurs trophy for the first time.

 

 

 

Texas wins the first  Big 12 Championship. 

Applewhite commits to  A & M but Aggie Head Coach Slocum fires the offensive coordinator so Applewhite changes his commitment to Texas.

 

 

1997 4-7 John Mackovic

The field at DKR stadium is named after Joe Jamail

Tackle Chris Atkins Breaks Nearly All Of The  Longhorn Lifting Records.  Atkins records include  The Squat (760 pounds), Bench (556), And Power Clean( 363 pounds)  (No Picture)

Wayne McGarity Holds The Career Record For Yards Per Touchdown (40.3) 

Ricky Williams Breaks Earl Campbell's Single Season Rushing Mark And Is The First Texas Player To Gain 200+ Yards In Consecutive Games. 

 

The wheels come off the football program and  Longhorn fans and the donor class of Texas finally have had enough. 

 

 

 

Texas is a 22 point favorite to win the OU game but lose in overtime. 

 

 

 

 

James Brown gets hurt

UCLA embarrass's UT  and the defeat is tagged as "Rout 66".

Worse season in 50 years

An Important Lesson 

Sometime weight lifting does not translate into wins. 

In 1995 Texas has 10 players squat over 550 pounds and 15 players record a vertical jump of 32 inches or more. In 1995 Texas record is 10-2-1. 

In 1997 Texas has 15 players squat more than 550 pounds and 21 players jump 32 inches or higher.   In 1997 Texas record was  4 -7.  

Moral of the story- weight training  and conditioning are not the only factors  needed to maintain a winning tradition.  

REFLECTIONS

 

Mackovic had a history of micro-managing teams. Coach Greg Davis states in the book Burnt Orange Nation that Mackovic was "plagued by an inability to relate to football culture....." , or "relate especially well with players, and he definitely didn't fit in with the Good Ol' Boys who funded the Texas football machine." 

Even Kiki DeAyala (Longhorn football player from 1980- 1982) who played for Mackovic at Kansas City told anyone who would listen that the players at Kansas City did not want to play for him.  

No one listened and Coach Mackovic was hired. His tenure was not a total disaster. He recruited Ricky Williams, won the last SWC championship ,and the first Big 12 Championship ,but overall Texas football was shaken to its core under Mackovic. In 1997 Teas was embarrassed by UCLA and the team had its worse season in 50 years. 

Mack Brown replaced John Mackovic. At the time of Mack's hiring very few people knew anything about him. However, fans quickly realized that Mack Brown was perfect for Texas. Mack Brown knew how to win "by personality". He delegated authority, related to recruits and  players, and "communicated" with the Good Ol' Boys who funded Texas football.   

John Mackovic's weakness's also plagued him after Texas. As the head coach at the University of Arizona from 2001-2003 he failed to  understand the local football culture, he did not relate to the players, and he did not fit in with the good ol' money Boys from the University of Arizona. 

Coach Mackovic's downfall at UA began early after he tells Justin Lavasseur an Arizona player "he was a disgrace to his family." Mackovic continued to make disparaging remarks to other players which resulted in 40 players meeting in secret with the President of the University of Arizona to protest the verbal abuse administered by Coach Mackovic. Mackovic apologized to the players, the university, and the fans and he was not fired. But One year later quarterback Nic Costa states publicly that many players have  lost their love for the game due to Mackovic's brusque manner. 5 games later Mackovic is fired.    

 

A personal reflection from Billy Dale - 7 years into Mack Browns reign as Head Coach, I had lunch with Coach Royal and the conversation focused on football in the 60's. In the middle of this discussion Coach Royal's stops in mid-sentence and says "You know we could still be looking for a head coach at Texas and never find another Mack Brown." No truer words have ever been spoken. 

The Mack Brown era is about to start.