Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin didn't perform like he wanted to at the London Olympic Games, finishing with a top long jump of 25-7, a full 1-9 under the 27-4 mark he ripped off in winning the U.S. Olympic Trials. That jump secured Goodwin 10th place, just two spots outside of the final eight and a trip to the medal round.
"[Goodwin] is obviously very disappointed, because you try to win a gold medal, and how many opportunities do you ever get to get to the Olympics," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "How many times do you get a chance to win, and you get to the finals? "
But Brown also had a message to try and turn Goodwin's disappointment.
Disappointed as he was, I reminded him that he was our most valuable player in the Holiday Bowl and he was on the [Athletics Director’s] honor roll, a two-time NCAA Champion and 10th best long jump in the world and arguably the best two-sport athlete in America," Brown said. "So he had so many things that were good."
Brown said he told Goodwin to manage his disappointment better than Brown did when the Longhorns lost the BCS National Championship game to Alabama.
"He needs to be more mature than I was and pick himself back up and be proud, because we are all proud of him and get back and get back to work," Brown said. "He said he was already moving forward and felt like he was in a good spot."
That spot should only be buoyed once Goodwin assumes his major role with the Texas football team. Goodwin came on at the end of the season, and played well enough at the Holiday Bowl that some thought he should have been the game's MVP. And unlike last year, Goodwin will be back early in fall camp.
Brown said that Goodwin could be back by Thursday or Friday, and after the NCAA-mandated orientation period (players must have two days in pads and shorts before going full-bore), he should be ready to join the team in full.