Even if Mack Brown can successfully engineer a complete revival of Texas football in 2013, you have to figure that his tenure in Austin is reaching the end of its natural lifespan.
There are two scenarios that make the most sense for the end of Brown’s career. Either Texas wins the Big 12 in ’13, goes to a BCS bowl and, perhaps more, and he retires with the honor he deserves. Or the 'Horns take all the promise of the upcoming season and crash and burn, winning only eight or nine games, and Brown is forced to retire.
If you don’t think the more negative outcome is a realistic turn of events, remember that Brown has won three Big 12 titles since taking over at Texas in 1998, while Bob Stoops has captured eight conference crowns since coming to Oklahoma in 1999.
In other words, job security is always relative—even if you are Brown.
You could argue that the coaching situation is the linchpin holding together the Longhorns' bid to dominate the Big 12 over the next five seasons.
The Longhorns must find a coaching staff which can transform the heaps of raw talent and rich assets into a winning football team.
To put it another way, Texas needs the right leadership to return to being a squad that dominates its yearly rivals.
This means that realistically Brown must go, and since he’s close to being gone, that makes the coaching situation an asset as opposed to a liability.
Regardless of which names actually surface should a coaching search get underway in Austin, the short list should include guys like Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, who has managed to turn Commodore football on its head since arriving in 2011.
Indeed, what happens when a guy with that much passion, experience and never-say-die attitude rolls into Austin and takes the reins?