- by Jon Mark Beilue
Florida State’s pulsating 34-31 win over Auburn in the BCS national championship game Monday night ended the Southeastern Conference’s streak of national champions at eight.
Until Monday night, the last champion that wasn’t from the SEC was Texas, which edged USC, 41-38, on a Vince Young fourth-down run in the final seconds at this same Rose Bowl in January 2006.
That seems like a lot longer than eight years ago — certainly it does in Austin. The Longhorns, who would return to the title game in 2009, fell from their dominant ways over the last four years. Mack Brown, who restored Texas football, saw the program fall to a 30-21 record since 2010 and he was forced out last month.
On the same day that the national champion was crowned, Louisville’s Charlie Strong was formally introduced as Texas’ new coach. His charge is simple — to get Texas back again, to get the Longhorns into the new college football playoff, to contend for national titles. It’s Texas, why shouldn’t it be?