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Mack Brown is an interesting case study in what can happen to a coach based on one single season of success.
Brown was hired in 1998 to take the famed program at Texas. It wasn't until 2005 that Texas won a conference title under Brown, but the Longhorns also captured the national championship that season. Texas also won a Big 12 title in 2009, but lost in the BCS National Championship Game to Alabama.
As far as trophies go, that's it for Brown's Longhorns. Two conference titles in 15 long seasons.
Sure, Texas is 150-43 during Brown's tenure, but if the numbers of titles at all figures into the equation of success, then Brown's résumé is a bit lacking.
Just for the sake of argument—because we know a lot of Texas fans will want to argue the point—let's take a peak at some random other program. Say, Oklahoma.
Bob Stoops was hired in 1999, just one year after Brown. By 2000, Oklahoma had won a Big 12 title and national championship. OU also won another conference crown in 2002. And 2004. And 2006. And 2007. And 2008. And 2010. And shared the title in 2012.
That's eight Big 12 trophies in the case over basically the same span as Brown at Texas and the Longhorns' lonely two titles.
Stoops is also one win short of Brown's Texas total with one less year on the books—and with six fewer losses.
The real problem for Texas is that Brown is doing well enough to not get fired, but not well enough to be anything other than perennially the second-best team in the Big 12—and nowadays, not even that.
Another lackluster season in Austin and Brown probably still won't find his name on a hot list, but another disappointment will likely lead to discussion of a strongly suggested retirement.