Mack Brown's Updated Hot-Seat Meter After Win vs. Oklahoma

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 12, 2013

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns arrives at Cotton Bowl as the Longhorns prepare to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on October 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Well, that should hold off the dogs for at least a week. 

In what has been portrayed as a miserable, tumultuous, disappointing season for Mack Brown and Texas, the Longhorns are suddenly 3-0 in the Big 12 and sporting a dominant victory over perennial conference favorite Oklahoma.

UT took the Sooners behind the woodshed for some kind of whooping on Saturday, and the Longhorns left the Cotton Bowl with a 36-20 statement win. They out-gained the Sooners 445-263 and looked superior in almost ever facet of the game.'s Daniel Jeremiah summed it up pretty well:

It's going to be difficult to fire Brown, now. 

And ironically enough after such a massive win for the program, Brown's job security very well may be unpleasant news for the majority of Longhorns fans out there.

The 62-year-old has been a mainstay among college football's elite coaches—winning 10 games or more in nine straight seasons and taking home the national championship during the 2005 season—but after losses to BYU and Ole Miss coupled with an uninspiring home win over Kansas State and a controversial victory over Iowa State, fans have seemingly had enough.

When predictions are already being made on who will replace you while you're still employed, it's not exactly a good sign that your job status is healthy.

Moreover, combine 2013's frustrating start with the past three underwhelming seasons, and most felt it was time for the Mack Brown Era to officially come to an end. 

Saturday's win over Oklahoma doesn't completely overturn that unbridled heat towards Brown, which has turned into one of the nation's biggest stories of the year. And it doesn't completely save his job, either.

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 12:  (L-R) Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners talks with head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns before the Longhorns take on the Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/G
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But it cools his seat a little bit. 

For all the flak he has gotten, Brown still has the Longhorns in tremendous position in the Big 12, and after Saturday's dominant team performance, it's abundantly clear that his players are still buying into what he preaches and still giving 100-percent effort. 

The Longhorns showed the country on Saturday that they are getting better, and neither Brown nor his players have cracked under immense national and local scrutiny—that deserves praise. 

Again, Brown isn't out of the woods yet. He still has some of the highest expectations in college football, and one win doesn't completely erase memories of the skeptics. 

However, when that win is a comprehensive victory over a top-ranked conference rival, it also serves as a good reminder that midseason-firing talk can be both premature and unnecessarily impulsive.