Jan. 9, 2010
Longhorns head coach Mack Brown received a surprise phone call on Saturday morning. On the other end was President Barack Obama.
"President Obama called to congratulate us on a super season," Brown said. "He told me to tell the kids how impressed he was with the never-give-up attitude the team had during the game. He said he loved their heart and effort and that despite all of the adversity, they hung in there and fought until the end."
President Obama got to know Brown and the Texas team when the then Senator of Illinois visited the football facilities during a Democratic debate with Hillary Clinton in Austin in the spring of 2008.
"The President said we treated him first class on his visit and he enjoyed meeting Colt (McCoy) and the guys," Brown added.
"He wanted me to congratulate Colt on a great career and let him know how disappointed he was for him that he wasn't able to play in his last game."
Brown said the team had such a great time visiting the White House after the 2005 National Championship. That was among the biggest disappointments in not winning this time.
"Going to the White House and meeting the President was such a great honor," Brown added. "That's something that will be a goal for our team every year, to get back to the White House."