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Longhorn tailgaters weigh in on state of UT football

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Last week the Texas Longhorns lost big time and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired.

Rumors are starting that longtime coach Mack Brown is on his way out as well.

 Marty Blacklock and Alex Perez have been tailgating at Longhorn games for 34 years.

Here's what they think about Mack.

"I like Mack Brown, I think he's a good guy, I think he's a good head of the University.  He puts on such a good face.  I think he's a great guy, I wouldn't trade him for anybody," Perez said.

"I want Mack to succeed because he's been so important to the University.  But you know we're at that stage again...change.  Going back to that, is it time to start looking at some shifting of staff?" Blacklock said.

UT alumni Kamron Malek says Manny Diaz's exit was the right move.

"I feel bad for him as a person but you know ultimately in the business world as it is in anything else, if you're not performing then you have to move on and somebody else performs," Malek said.

Malek does like Mack Brown but thinks it's time for some fresh blood.

"When you're not performing and you get defiant about maintaining your status, that's whenever things get bad and I hope he doesn't do that because I think he's earned the right to go out with a little bit of dignity.  But he needs to make sure he does it the right way so he doesn't have people kind of pull their swords on him and that's what you don't want to see happen," Malek said.

Alumni Laura Nommensen agrees.

"He's a great guy!  He's had amazing success here.  But I think it's time for someone else to step in," Nommensen said.

Same goes for Manny Diaz.

"Yes, he didn't have very much success last year either so I think the writing was on the wall this summer...and after BYU, that was the right decision to make," she said.

Another home game next week against the Kansas State Wildcats.
We'll see what happens then...

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