- Created on Saturday, 27 October 2012 23:00
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
When Texas head coach Mack Brown looked on the schedule after last week’s win over Baylor and saw the one win Kansas Jayhawks were next he likely breathed a sigh of relief. There is no way that the Jayhawks belonged on the same field as his boys.
Wow, did Kansas head coach Charlie Weis prove otherwise!
The Longhorns looked nothing like a team that put up 56 points against Baylor or 66 on Ole Miss or even 45 (be it in a losing effort) on West Virginia. Instead, they looked a lot more like the team that put up 21 on Oklahoma. Thankfully the Jayhawks played nothing like the Sooners and his Longhorns were able to escape with a win.
Rather than be glad that his team did get the win Brown knows that barely beating a team that his was favored to beat by 19 points will only intensify the calls for his job.
The talks have yet to become too loud for the 15-year head coach to step down, but he made it apparent himself that they are there when he stated after the Oklahoma game that he has no intention of going anywhere.
"I'm way too competitive and have way too much pride to leave something bad," Brown said. "I'm going to get this fixed."
For much of the 2012 season the Longhorns have appeared to be on the right track. With a team that consists of top 5 recruitment classes from the last four years the talent is there. It’s just a matter of putting all the pieces in the right place and getting the best out of those players.
That’s likely where naysayers are thinking Brown’s time has come. With so many talented players on the squad the belief is that the team should not be losing games 21-63 or barely winning over poor teams.
The problem could very well be that Texas has gotten too big for its own good. The hype that surrounds the school’s football team has always been intense, but it seems to have stepped up a few notches with the Longhorn Network broadcasting parts of practice and giving anyone that wants it more access than Brown would like.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro said as much in a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports:
"[the Longhorns need to stop] worrying about the stuff that you get distracted with at Texas like the Longhorn Network, all the fans, all the glory, Nike and all that stuff."
It certainly has affected Brown who recently complained about the Longhorn Network even though it has brought an extra $15 million a year to the athletic budget. Regardless of the financial benefit, Brown doesn't like it.
"I didn't ask for it," Brown said about LHN. "We were given a deal we had no input in."
Close wins and complaints aside, any calls for his job are premature to say the least. In 15 seasons he has led the team to two conference championships, one national championship, and a top 10 finish in seven seasons. Oklahoma is a good team, and even the worst team can get lucky and look good on any given Saturday.
The Longhorns have to think about who they would get to replace him as well. Will Muschamp was being groomed to take over, but he moved on to Florida in 2011. Neither Major Applewhite, Bryan Harsin, or Manny Diaz have resumes that are head coaching caliber.
However, in a world that is all about what you've done lately his past success may not be enough. For the last two seasons the Longhorns have not been a blip on the national scene. Unless they win over a tough Texas Tech team next week the chance they’ll go a third season like that is pretty high.
If that ends up being the case those calls will not only get louder; they’ll become warranted.