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Job security level: THE HOTSEAT (sort of)
There is a lot of turmoil in Austin, Texas this week.
Last Saturday's Red River Rivalry was a living nightmare for Longhorn coaches, players and fans. The Sooners made it look incredibly easy against a team that was supposed to have the conference's best defense and an offense that had looked impressive early in the season.
On paper, the Longhorns have looked good almost every season under Mack Brown. He has produced a myriad of 10-win seasons, a national title, countless top 10 recruiting classes and a program that always seems to be a contender. At first glance, anyway.
The reality is, Brown simply hasn't lived up to expectations at a school that has basically every advantage you could ask for. In his fifteen-year tenure, the Longhorns have only produced two conference titles, and that is simply unacceptable given the level of talent that flows through Austin.
On the other hand, getting rid of Brown is not as easy as it sounds.
His buyout isn't an issue. The University of Texas is rolling in dough, they could easily handle that. The issue is two-pronged:
1. Mack Brown is firmly entrenched in the culture of Austin, and he has very high-profile support from big-time donors and boosters, despite the lack of overall fan support.
2. There are simply not a lot of available coaches for Texas to scoop up. There are no jobless, big-name coaches floating around this year like there were last year. If Texas really wanted to get rid of Brown, they missed their shot last year to pick up a guy like Urban Meyer.
How will this all play out? It's impossible to tell. If this season collapses spectacularly like it appears it easily could, the fan backlash could be large enough for AD DeLoss Dodds to start looking around.
My prediction: Brown will be the head coach of the Texas Longhorns in 2013.