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Remember the good old days when Texas was good?
Seriously, what happened?
It seems like the Longhorns' soul was ripped out when Colt McCoy went down to injury in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
Texas never recovered, and Alabama rolled right over top of the Longhorns. Then, Texas put together an embarrassing effort in 2010, missing a bowl game for the first time since 1997.
Last season, Texas was 8-5, certainly a lackluster performance by Texas standards.
And just when we thought Mack Brown might be turning things around this year with a 4-0 start, the Longhorns were edged out by a West Virginia team that clearly isn't as good as we all thought.
Okay, we can accept a narrow loss every now and then. But to follow that with an embarrassment against Oklahoma?
Something just doesn't smell right in Austin these days.
It might be hard for some folks to wrap their heads around Mack Brown on the hot seat given his 142-39 record at Texas. But beyond the overall numbers, you'll see something that should concern every Longhorns fan.
Texas is in its 15th season under Brown's leadership. In that span, the Longhorns have won just two Big 12 titles. Two. For comparison's sake, let's look at Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.
Stoops is now 144-35, which is amazingly similar to Brown's mark. So what's the major difference between the two? Stoops and the Sooners have seven Big 12 titles over the last 13 seasons.
And if things keep going the way they have been for the first eight weeks of 2012, Kansas State could have the exact same number of conference titles as Texas does over the last decade-and-a-half.
That's right, Texas fans: The Longhorns are an inch away from being placed on the same historical level as the Kansas State Wildcats.
A 142-39 mark sure is nice, but 50 years down the road, people remember seasons for championships, not for beating up all the wussier teams on a schedule.
And right now, the Longhorns aren't even coming close to winning championships—which is decidedly un-Texas-like of them.