I'll go out on a limb and say that Pat Henry is a brand name that equates success. If it wasn't him, it would be someone else at the top (John McDonald) and most would go after him in either and all or nothing manner. That's what it's like at the top of your game.
Now, I would say that the Texas A&M athletic program as a whole can thank Pat Henry for bringing them their first national championship along with the golf? team a few years ago that wasn't "mythical". Since then, it's been his reputation of building a great coaching staff and support teams since his LSU days when he took over after Loren Seagrave got the ball rolling there. I know, because I had an athlete successfully recruited by both as the transition occured. Great athletes want to be part of highly successful programs for a reason. It's not blind luck.
However, I will say one thing about Coach Henry on a personal level. He gave my athlete a chance to get into college, held her out of track for a year to get up to speed in the classroom, then helped her become an American Record holder and national champion. I crossed paths with him again a few years later and thanked him for what he did for that young lady as she got her degree in addition to her great experience with the track program. As another poster already mentioned, it's those kind of things that make a great coach. One who cares about people before results. There are a lot of other coaches that care just as much if not more and yes, they have success at various levels, doesn't mean they are any less successful other than the next couple items I'll mention.
When I asked him while he was recruiting her about the string of success they were having at LSU, he said that I needed to surround myself with great coaches. I've done that and have been a part of many state champion teams and it goes without saying that was one of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten from someone at the top of his game. Coincidentally, I was pleased to hear Coach Redwine repeat this acknowledgement this past weekend on the NCAA meet day 4 broadcast. Neither of these coaches are an "egomaniac" as someone here ignorantly posted. Maybe if you look in the mirror, it's you that is the jerk.
The other thing that can't be denied: the environment. Sorry but you will have to look hard to find a school in the north that will attract sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers which comprise a great deal of the team points in a scored meet. Pat Henry was a great stepping stone for Texas A&M to get what they wanted; noticed. Now if they want to crap on him to get their beloved football program to another level then so be it. I don't blame him for moving on to another school in the south and U of Texas would be a perfect match because what he would bring to that athletic department would be the same noteriety that would give them a shot in the arm like A&M got and I'm afraid you would see the comeback of a Longhorn football program.
Winners attract winners. Those that don't respect that and forget their history will soon be without continued success.