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Mack Brown disputes offering Johnny Manziel as safety

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09:28 AM ET 09.28 | Chances are if you are on the Internet and watch college football you have become familiar with the joke poking fun at the inability of Texas to find a stable and productive quarterback. The joke stems from the idea that Texas head coach Mack Brown recruited Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but wanted him to play safety for the Longhorns. Brown went on the record Friday on The Dan Patrick Show to say that exaggeration of the truth may have gone a little too far. "We never offered Johnny, and we sure didn't offer him as a safety," Brown said. "That's been blown out of proportion." Manziel, of course, stormed on the scene in 2012 by running Texas A&M's offense successfully in the SEC to lead him to a Heisman Trophy. Texas A&M's recent surge in the national conversation came at a poor time for the Longhorns, who have struggled to find a place in the same conversation in recent years and are off to a troubling start in 2013. Hindsight is always 20/20 of course, but it is not as if Brown is the only coach who missed n Manziel. According to Rivals, Manziel received a number of offers but mostly from non-elite programs. Oregon and Stanford each placed a scholarship offer in Manziel's hands, as did Baylor. Texas was one of many top programs to not extend an offer, along with the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, USC, and so on.

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September 28, 2013  09:54 AM ET

This old story again?

September 28, 2013  10:50 AM ET

who cares if OSU didnt offer him. They didnt need him when they had a top recruit in Braxton Miller

September 28, 2013  12:12 PM ET

Of course they didn't offer him a scholly....TU doesn't offer top QB's a scholly as QB...they want to develop their own.

::lure hits right on top of the water and sits there....waiting...waiting....::

September 28, 2013  04:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

who cares if OSU didnt offer him. They didnt need him when they had a top recruit in Braxton Miller

Bingo

September 28, 2013  11:00 PM ET

Who cares if Alabama didn't offer. They have a QB that has won 2 NCs. Manziel would not have beaten out McCarron as a redshirt freshman.

September 28, 2013  11:40 PM ET

None of the teams mentioned as having passed on Johnny had any NEED for him at the time...except Texas and maybe USC.

September 29, 2013  01:44 AM ET
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Of course they didn't offer him a scholly....TU doesn't offer top QB's a scholly as QB...they want to develop their own.::lure hits right on top of the water and sits there....waiting...waiting....::

Nobody will bite.

Besides, JFF and Brown have one thing in common: Both will be unemployed next year but with enough money in the bank that neither will care

September 29, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Lame kid fin just fired? No surprise here except for the timing. I expected Haden to wait a few more games. Mack should be next.

September 29, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Saban to USC?

September 29, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Kiffin to Reggie Bush, "thanks a lot."

September 29, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Saban to USC?

Just leave James Franklin (Vandy) alone...........

September 29, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Just leave James Franklin (Vandy) alone...........

I don't think anyone is safe. Some very high profile college teams will be searching and several NFL teams want new blood as well.

September 29, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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I don't think anyone is safe. Some very high profile college teams will be searching and several NFL teams want new blood as well.

Money vs Loyalty= MONEY.........Agree....no one is safe.......

September 29, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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Money vs Loyalty= MONEY.........Agree....no one is safe.......

I also think Franklin is a very good coach and recruiter. He's an up-and-coming commodity.

September 29, 2013  01:51 PM ET

Manziel could be the best safety in the history of the game. Now we may never know.

September 29, 2013  03:15 PM ET

"Manziel could be the best safety in the history of the game. Now we may never know. "
That's funny right there.

 
September 30, 2013  03:19 PM ET

unfortunately, wouldn't consider Texas among the top programs today and those mentioned as top programs..... most don't need QB as badly as Mack does. clearly, it's time for Texas to start looking for a HC that can identify talent and get them to come to austin!

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