Mack Brown was once the the savior of the Texas Longhorns football program, but he's no longer performing miracles. After four-plus seasons of mediocrity, it's time for Texas to look for another man to revitalize this dying program.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller hasn't been bashful about his frustration with Brown, saying the "Program looks flat. Recruits aren't developing":
Texas fans may hate me, but it's time for Mack Brown to go. Hang your hat on 8 win season. Program looks flat. Recruits aren't developing...— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 29, 2011
That was in 2011, folks.
The Longhorns went 8-5 that season and 9-4 in 2012, and things aren't looking up this year after this team lost games to BYU and Ole Miss—both of which were lost in embarrassing fashion.
With four more games this year against top-25 opponents—and given the lackluster effort we've seen from the Longhorns this season—it's not crazy to forecast this team losing six-plus games in 2013.
The last time Texas was a legitimate national championship contender was in 2009, and you have to go all the way back to 2005 to find the last time the Longhorns won the title.
Brown led Texas to nine straight seasons of double-digit wins, but you can only live so long on stories of the past.
It's time for the Brown era to end.
Legendary Texas running back Earl Campbell went public with his opinion recently in an interview with KRIV-TV in Houston, as noted by ESPN News Services:
Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen. I'd go on record and say yes, I think it's time...I'd just say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they've done. They didn't mess around with it [firing Lane Kiffin]. They just said, 'Let's do it now.' I think at some point our university's people are going to have make a decision.
Campbell is an influential man with a large platform—not to mention one of the greatest players in Texas football history—and he's certainly not alone in his sentiment.
Texas should _____ Mack Brown.
Going forward with Brown at the helm at this point is pointless.
He's clearly not the same world-changing force that he was when he transformed this program from seasonal mediocrity.
In fact, the story has come full circle.
Now, instead of Brown coming in on his white horse to the rescue, he's the old dragon that must be slain in order for new life to thrive.
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