Red River Rivalry Embarrassment Proves It's Time for Texas HC Mack Brown to Go
You have to love Mack Brown ESPN Gameday Commercials, but you can't love his game-day performances as of late. The Red River Rivalry was a blowout this Saturday, proving it’s time for Mack Brown to move on from Texas as head coach.
Brown has led a very inconsistent but talented team at Texas the past few seasons. A change of offensive and defensive coordinators was supposed to lead to better results by this season, but it hasn’t.
The Longhorns were close to a Top 10 ranking in the AP Poll until the loss to West Virginia, and now the team will be lucky to stay in the Top 20.
It has been a long time since the 2005 national title run, and patience has been wearing thin in Austin. This game sealed the book on Mack Brown needing to step away, but these five reasons have led to this day.
No. 13 Oklahoma 63, No. 15 Texas 21 — Final
Limped Through Big 12 Transition
Texas has been one of the most tradition-rich football teams in college football history. With that in mind, the past few seasons have been rough.
Last season the Longhorns finished sixth in the Big 12 with a 4-5 conference record. In 2010, the Longhorns were second to last in the Big 12 with a 5-7 final record and a 2-6 conference record.
The Longhorns have suffered a long tumble from 2009, when the Longhorns faced Alabama in the national title game.
There is a major shift happening in the Big 12 with West Virginia making waves and TCU joining the fold this season. Texas is on its way to mediocrity in a conference it owned just five years ago.
1-8 vs. Ranked Teams
Beating ranked teams is an expectation for the Texas Longhorns, but over the past two seasons, Texas has beaten one ranked team in nine tries, and this season, the Longhorns are 0-2.
A 1-10 record against Top 25 teams in three years is unacceptable for Texas, and the blame has to go to Mack Brown. The expectations are to win football games, and that simply isn’t happening right now.
Texas only has one more team that is currently ranked remaining on schedule. The Longhorns travel to Kansas State to finish the season. That doesn’t look promising for Texas.
Assuming Brown and the Longhorns lose that game, will Texas fans forgive a 1-11 record against ranked teams after this season?
Defense Is Underachieving
Texas was known for hard-nosed defense. Now, two coordinators later, the Longhorns are looking lost and disheveled on the defensive side of the football.
Brown lost Gene Chizik and Will Muschamp to head coaching positions. Now he has a defensive coordinator that may not last long at Texas, but it isn’t because other job offers are there. Manny Diaz is in his second season with the Longhorns, and the defense has regressed.
Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor are two of the best defensive ends in the country. They are playmakers, but they are not been incorporated into this defense as they need to be.
The Longhorns have given up 31, 36, 48 and 63 points in the past four games. That is a lot of points.
If there isn’t a major defensive turnaround by year’s end, the pressure will mount against Brown.
Can't Beat Stoops
Rivalry games are huge in college football. They fuel discussions year-round and pit families against one another on Saturdays during the fall.
The Red River Rivalry is one of the best rivalry games in college football, but the Oklahoma Sooners and Bob Stoops have Mack Brown’s number.
Stoops has dialed up a host of wins against the Longhorns and continued with today’s drubbing. If Brown can’t beat Oklahoma, what is he doing at Texas?
This is a big thorn in the side of the Texas people and has hurt the ability of the Longhorns to maintain relevance in the Big 12. How many more losses in the Red River Rivalry will it take?
Texas Needs New Blood
There always comes a time when a coach has run his course at a school. The legendary coaches are not hanging around like they used to because winning every season has become a much bigger focus nationally.
The time has come for Mack Brown. He has been at Texas since the 1998 season and has done some great things, but these Longhorns are no longer showing progression.
This year had high expectations, and they have now flopped. The Longhorns can still finish with a nine or 10 win season, but is that enough to ignore the massive failures? I don’t think so, and something tells me neither do the Texas faithful.