No one expected the Longhorns to only win two Big 12 games and be bowl ineligible this year. There’s no doubt about it, this season is a big disappointment. With that being said, it is not enough to warrant firing Mack Brown.
Brown has been at Texas for 13 years now, and this is his first season with fewer than nine wins. In four of the last six years Texas has gone to a BCS bowl games while claiming a national championship in 2005. Texas has also won two of the last five Big 12 championship games. To sum it up, Brown has been very successful at Texas.
Texas is definitely a big-time college football program with incredibly high standards. That’s the reason why Brown was brought in to replace John Mackovic. Mackovic was allowed three subpar seasons before getting canned. College football has changed since the '90s as coaches get fired more often now, but it would be too hasty to fire Brown after only one season of mediocrity.
If Mack Brown follows up this season with another season or two of six or less wins then he should be fired. Until that happens, Longhorn fans should be content with the coach they have. Texas returns a lot of talent next year and has a great chance of making a lot of noise in the Big 12. Brown will bring in another great recruiting class, possibly the best in the country, and things will be up and running again in Austin.
It’s very tough to watch games in December when your team is not playing. Texas fans have every right to be angry. They don’t however have a right to say that a coach, who has won nearly 80 percent of his games, including many big games during his stint there, should be fired.