Crystal ball did indeed struggle again

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Mack Brown and Phillip Fulmer careers ended similarly

By Bobby Brockman


The trusty, old crystal ball had another bad bowl season of predictions.
After getting off to a 6-1 start, should have been 7-0 but Washington State blew a three-touchdown lead, the old prognosticator came back to earth with five setbacks in the next eight games.
Then, it looked as if the crystal ball was going to finish with a stellar finish when it stood at 17-10 with eight games remaining.
However, the wheels fell off the wagon with losses in six of the next seven.
Stanford, Baylor, Alabama and Ohio State were upset, and so was this predictor.
Thankfully for me and Seminole hard-core Herb Wiseman, Florida State did come back from a 21-3 deficit and tally two touchdowns in the final four minutes to edge Auburn (sorry War Eagle alumni Elizabeth Wigginton and Ben and Regina Cox) for the last BCS National Championship 34-31 on Monday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
By the way, next year’s College Football National Championship Game will be on Monday, Jan. 12 in Arlington, Tex. at AT&T Stadium.
The semi-final clashes in the four-team system will be on Thursday, Jan. 1 at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Fulmer and Brown seem to be in the same boat at the end
Did you ever think Phillip Fulmer and Mack Brown had anything in common?
I didn’t until last week when Brown was forced to resign at the University of Texas, just like Fulmer was five years ago.
Here’s some similarities I also noticed.
• Both team’s colors are orange, although a quite different shade.
• Fulmer grew up in Winchester, Tenn. and attended Franklin County High School while Brown is from Cookeville, Tenn. and attended Putnam County High School.
• Both were born during the sixth sign of the zodiac (Virgo). Fulmer was born Sept. 1, 1950 and Brown Aug. 27, 1951.
• Fulmer’s career coaching mark for the Big Orange was 152-52 (.745) in 16 seasons plus part of another in Knoxville. Brown’s ledger for the Burnt Orange was 158-45 (.778) in 15 campaigns in Austin.
• Neither’s first coaching job on the collegiate scene was a national power — Fulmer at Wichita State as an assistant before Vanderbilt and Tennessee, Brown’s first head coaching job was at Appalachian State before Tulane and North Carolina.
• They each have four children — Fulmer a son and three daughters, Brown two sons and two daughters.
• Fulmer attended Tennessee and his team defeated Florida State for its national championship. Brown attended Vanderbilt, but graduated from Florida State.
• Brown’s national title came against Southern California while Fulmer was replaced at Tennessee by Lane Kiffin who left Knoxville for Southern California.
Here’s hoping that Texas’ life after Brown with Charlie Strong will be much better than Tennessee’s time after Fulmer, a 28-36, six-year ledger under Kiffin, Derek Dooley and Butch Jones.