It was one year ago this week at Texas when all that was lacking was a eulogy. If hope hadn't died, it was wavering. The Longhorns had lost to Maryland for the second time in as many seasons.
Two days after a 34-29 defeat on the road, a media member questioned Tom Herman about being "arrogant" toward fans for not taking "the blame for the poor play by the team."
At that point, Herman was 7-7 as Texas' coach.
Following the press conference, I followed Herman down to his waiting car and asked him where that came from. He sort of shrugged. "I don't know," he said.
Bizarre has turned into boo-yah.
One year and a 10-win season later, arrogance is not an issue. No. 6 LSU may be, however.
No. 9 Texas is in the top 10 for the first time since 2010. It is playing what has been described as the Longhorns' biggest home game since 2006 (No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Texas).
These are the times when coaches earn those multimillion-dollar contracts. The back-to-back losses to Maryland are a memory. The common assumption is that Texas is in some way "back" after that 10-win season that included wins over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry and Georgia in the 2019 Sugar Bowl.
Guess what? The need for validation continues. When you haven't won the Big 12 in a decade, well, it starts there. That makes the Texas-LSU a potential launching point for the Horns, not an end game.
Herman has spoken to Dabo Swinney, who took eight years to get to the national championship at Clemson. That's the same amount of time it took Mack Brown at Texas.
That's a hell of a long view ... and wait.