Texas' Close Win vs. Kansas Another Sign Mack Brown Has Lost It

Ian BergCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2017

Oct 27, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown on the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 21-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Call the fire brigade if you’re near Austin because Mack Brown’s seat is getting hot. Today’s game against the Kansas Jayhawks was another sign that Mack Brown has lost the coaching edge at Texas.

Texas is supposed to be a juggernaut in college football. The school has its own sports channel—it really doesn’t get any more primo than that if you ask me.

With all that in mind, this football team should not be limping into a 6-2 overall record and needing late minute drives to beat a team they were favored over by 18 points at kickoff. Texas is not where it needs to be right now to satisfy the Longhorn faithful.

The days of legendary mainstay coaches may be gone. It is impossible to build a football team like you could in the 1960s with the ebb and flow of wins and losses eventually coming during a rebuilding year.

At times the single year turn-around turns into multiple seasons. That is when fans get antsy and begin to scream for a change. If Texas hadn't come up with late minute drives to win this game, this conversation wouldn’t be needed. Brown would likely already be gone.

Next week brings a visit to Lubbock and a much tougher matchup for the Longhorns. Texas has lost big to explosive offenses this season and the Red Raiders bring a very dynamic offensive attack to the field.

Texas Tech also plays strong defense which should give the Longhorns offense a lot of issues throughout the game.

Texas is at a crossroads. Brown is 141-39 as the head coach at Texas and has won a national championship. His last significant run with the Longhorns was in 2009. The Texas program has hit a skid in the past few seasons with no apparent change of direction in sight.

The Big 12 has gotten stronger with the additions of TCU and West Virginia. Oklahoma and Texas Tech are also playing great football. This is not the time for Texas to be down. The conference is getting stronger and the boys from Austin appear to be getting weaker.

Texas has four games remaining and three of them may end in losses for the Longhorns. Even if Mack Brown were able win three of the remaining four, Texas needs to cut ways with Brown. The blowout loss to Oklahoma was one thing—the near loss to a bad Kansas squad is inexcusable.

How will the Texas faithful feel after a loss comes against the Red Raiders? Texas Tech is not supposed to beat the Longhorns. Texas has talent and reloads every year, but the talent is no longer producing.

When backup quarterbacks lead game winning drives because your starter isn’t getting the job done there is a problem. At this point it is clear. Mack Brown needs to go.