Now is the time for Greg Davis' departure

Colorado coach Dan Hawkins took to the microphone last month and explained one of the handful of reasons he was no longer the Buffaloes' head coach.

"There is way too much negativity around the program," he said. "It's important to move on and garner some energy."

Perhaps more than anything else, the same reason could be given for Greg Davis' tenure at Texas ending today. He's had "much-maligned" tacked on to the front of his job title for awhile now, and his supporters -- in Austin and elsewhere -- were dwindling.

The disaster that was Texas' 2010 campaign apparently turned the one who mattered most: Mack Brown.

The Longhorns' offensive struggles were more evident this season:

  • The Longhorns' "power running game" produced no 1,000-yard rushers and a late switch back to a more pass-oriented offense was too late for a 1,000-yard receiver to emerge.

  • Early-season struggles to top 35 points against Rice and Wyoming proved more than troublesome; Texas didn't score more than 22 points in a conference game this year.

  • Scoring averages aside, how's this for a number: Texas scored 68 touchdowns in 2009. It scored 31 in 2010.

Even 2009 with senior Colt McCoy at quarterback saw plenty of struggles. Against two of the best defenses Texas faced all season, Nebraska and Oklahoma, the Longhorns mustered just 13 and 16 points, respectively.

Fortunately for Davis, the Longhorns' dominant defense and clutch kicking eked out a pair of wins to keep Texas perfect and on track for an appearance in the national championship game.

Davis had plenty of happy days and years as Brown's offensive coordinator, with a pair of Heisman-worthy quarterbacks and a national title for the pair's 13 years together in Austin after coming over from North Carolina.

Those years looked long gone, especially this season.

Now, with the negativity gone and the possibilities almost endless, the Longhorns can move on.