For now, Mack Brown's job is safe.
The University of Texas head football coach has received a lot of flak following the Longhorns' embarrassing 40-21 defeat at BYU last week, but school president Bill Powers is far from concerned.
ESPN, via the Associated Press, has the reassuring comments from Powers:
Powers spoke briefly with The Associated Press before Saturday's game against No. 25 Mississippi (2-0). Powers called last week's 40-21 loss to BYU a "bad week" and says Brown is "trying to fix it."
"Mack's our coach. He gets we had a bad week and he's trying to fix it," Powers said.
Powers dismissed the idea that Brown faces a minimum standard of wins or a Big 12 championship to keep his job, saying there have been no discussions about ultimatums for the coach.
"Mack has my support," Powers said.
Brown, who also served as the head coach for Appalachian State, Tulane and North Carolina, is currently in his 16th season as head man for the Longhorns. He won the Big 12 South six times before the conference merged, he has won two Big 12 championships, and he has brought the school one BCS National Championship.
Overall, he has a record of 151-44 (.714), which, according to Sports Reference, puts him just 16 wins (in four less seasons) behind Darrell Royal for most in school history.
Nevertheless, the 62-year-old Brown has been locked in a whirlwind of mediocrity—at least by Texas' always lofty standards—in the past couple of years.
After the Longhorns lost to Alabama in the national championship during the 2009 season, they went 5-7 in 2010 and missed a bowl for the first time since 1997. They have won 17 games in the past two seasons, earning wins in the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl.
Those were certainly movements back in the right direction, but last Saturday's horrendous loss at BYU seemed to serve as multiple steps backwards.
Shortly after that game, Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and replaced him with Greg Robinson.
Whether or not that's a move that will improve a Longhorns defense that just got rolled over for 679 yards of total offense is still uncertain, but one thing is for sure.
Brown isn't going anywhere.
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