Mike Sherman should have Mack Brown's shoulder to cry on unless, of course, Bob Stoops is already using it.
But Brown knows firsthand about the difficulties of jump-starting a football program.
In his first two seasons as head coach at Tulane, Brown won just five games and lost 17 at a school hurting for money, exposure and any semblance of a winning tradition. He won just enough for a third, personal breakthrough 6-6 season.
From there, he moved on to North Carolina, where he initially fared even worse. His first two seasons? Bookend 1-10 records. He came on strong to post winning seasons in his next eight years and land an even bigger plum.
At Texas, he won nine games in back-to-back years to start, coached up a Heisman Trophy winner and won a bowl game in his first season and a division title in his second.