The Texas Longhorns have been hopeful for a return to national prominence since the end of the Mack Brown era. Under Brown, the program rose to the top of college football, landing a national championship in 2005. They appeared in another four years later, falling to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.
Since that defeat, Texas has seen just one 10-win season compared to five losing campaigns. The team is 84-67 over the last 12 seasons, an average output of 7-6 each year. They’ve gone just 55-52 in Big XII play.
Over that 12-year stretch, the Longhorns have seen four different coaching staffs and they haven’t quite been able to find the man to lead the charge.
But maybe, just maybe, they’re looking in the wrong place.
According to one recent stat, the struggles might not be related to coaching at all. Rather, the only man that can save Texas football is Hank Hill.
Texas’s best 12-year stretch came while ‘King of the Hill’ was on television
Yes, that Hank Hill. The lead character in the hit show King of the Hill.
According to the Twitter account Ruth Baider Meinhoff, the Longhorns’ best stretch in program history came while the animated sitcom aired on television.
For those unfamiliar, the comedy centered around an American family living in the Lonestar State, as well as friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers.
The show ran for 12 years between 1997 and 2009. In that time, went Texas 128-27 and made a pair of national title appearances.
Texas Football in the 12 years before King of the Hill aired: 77-60-2 (56.2%).
Texas Football in the 12 years since King of the Hill stopped airing: 83-71 (53.9%).
Texas Football during the 12 years King of the Hill aired: 128-27 (82.6%), one national title.
It’s hard to argue the facts. Texas’s fall has coincided with the cancellation of the Longhorn supporting family from the air.
Have no fear, Longhorns fans. A reboot is reportedly on the way.
— 𝓘𝓵𝓵 (@illroots) January 19, 2022
Hopefully, this can finally bring Texas back. Unfortunately, it won’t be able to help them much this weekend when they face Alabama.
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