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2013 Record: 7-2
Overall Record with School: 157-45
The Skinny: Brown has been under fire for a large part of the past couple of seasons because of an underachieving record. That's what happens when you're one of the highest-paid coaches in the country (H/T USA Today) at a program with infinite resources. Eight or nine wins a year isn't going to cut it.
2013 became especially tough when the Longhorns got off to a 1-2 start and Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, something he probably should have done after the '12 season. However, Texas is on a 6-0 run despite numerous injuries to some of the team's best players. That should count for something, yet the topic of job security keeps coming up.
Appearing on the Tim Brando Show Friday, Brown shot down the Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors that won't seem to go away.
"Nick is a friend and he's done a tremendous job at Alabama," Brown said. "Nick's not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick. So I don't have to worry about that. And if I do my job, there won't be any job to be open to get, so I think that's the other thing."
That, in a nutshell, is where Brown is in his career life cycle.
The Outlook: Let's assume Texas finishes the regular season with nine or 10 wins. What does new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson do? With so many injuries, it's difficult not to be at least a little impressed with the job Brown has done. At the same time, he should have the depth and talent to keep winning anyway.
The question Patterson must ask himself is if he feels Brown is the future of Texas football, and is the program able to return to the highest level under him?
The Verdict: Not safe.