AUSTIN, Texas -- All the talk here in Austin -- at least all the talk that doesn't involve tonight's Kings of Leon show -- is about whether Texas coach Mack Brown can keep his team motivated for another elite opponent after winning two heavyweight matches in two weeks.
Before the Longhorns faced Missouri last week, Brown had his players dig a ditch next to their practice field. Into the dirt went the newspaper clips, poll copies and even the game ball from Texas' Red River Rivalry win against Oklahoma on Oct. 11. To help his top-ranked 'Horns forget the Missouri win and focus on No. 6 Oklahoma State, Brown brought in a guest speaker who knows a little about stringing together victories.
Austin resident Lance Armstrong visited practice Thursday, and he shared some of the secrets of how he overcame off-bike (cancer) and on-bike (seven consecutive Tour de France wins) struggles. The text of the speech isn't available, but if it's anything like this classic Armstrong pep talk, the Cowboys should worry.