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Forde: UT held class together despite unrest

As you may have seen on ESPNU or on the Big 12 blog today, columnist Pat Forde is in Austin today for National Signing Day.

He had plenty to say about the Horns' 2011 recruiting class, and you can see his full column here.

It wasn't a simple recruiting season, considering Texas coach Mack Brown had to replace six assistant coaches after the season, but he made all the hires, and kept his top-tier recruiting class intact with some timely, calming words to his incoming recruits.

Forde tells you how he did it.

An excerpt:

Brown found himself making an awkward announcement to 14 recruits. Instead of schmoozing them, he was startling them with news of another major change in the program. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis and several other assistants who did a lot of recruiting spadework already had moved on -- but Muschamp's exit was something of a shocker.

"There wasn't anything I could say except, 'Here's the deal,'" Brown recalled. "But it actually worked out well because I was able to talk to every one of them. I was able to settle them all down in person."

Now, 53 days later, a potentially unsettling recruiting season has worked out beyond reasonable expectations for Texas. Despite six major changes to the staff, all but one of the Longhorns' previously committed players have stuck with the program.