For several seasons Texas has become a team rigid in its execution, a group of joyless workers marching single file into a Soviet-era factory. They shook that off in an Alamo Bowl victory over Oregon State.
With the Longhorns struggling through potentially their worst season on defense -- worst in Texas history, that is -- coach Mack Brown has taken the unprecedented step of supervising Manny Diaz and his direction of the squad.
One is a bespectacled former football coach. The other is a long-haired former hippie and country legend. Despite all that differs between them, the bond between Willie Nelson and Darrell Royal remains strong.