All season long, the talk around the Texas Longhorns has been about the job security of head coach Mack Brown. The general feeling has been that Brown has lost his touch and is no longer developing the talent of the Longhorns in a way that the program is accustomed to and expects. Many felt that this was Brown’s last run at the helm of the Texas football program and that is was time for the team to get a new perspective at head coach. But would a Big 12 title and BCS bowl bid make it more difficult to push Brown out of the picture in Austin?
Heading into their season-finale against the Baylor Bears, Texas is 7-1 in conference play, tied with Baylor and the Oklahoma State Cowboys for first place. Oklahoma State holds the tie-breaker with head-to-head wins over both Baylor and Texas, but they are still a win against the Oklahoma Sooners in Bedlam away from clinching the conference crown. If Oklahoma were to upset the Cowboys, then the Big 12 would go to the winner of Baylor-Texas.
If Texas were able to upset the Bears (they are currently two-touchdown underdogs), it would a huge win in so many ways. Most obviously, it would win Texas the Big 12 title and punch their ticket to the Fiesta Bowl this January. But beyond that, upsetting a Baylor team with an offense that has put up the numbers that they have this season would completely change the narrative of the Longhorns’ “underachieving” defense. It would wipe out the bad taste of giving up 550 rushing yards to the BYU Cougars earlier this season and give Texas their most impressive win of the season.
At 9-3 with a Big 12 Championship to his name and a bid to the BCS, could Texas really still try and move on from Mack Brown? There’s a new AD in place tasked with getting Texas back to the top of the college football world and many suspected that Brown would not be a part of that plan. Rumblings around the program even insinuated that there were officials with the school who didn’t want Brown to be a part of it, performance issues aside.
But would they be able to push Brown out of his position when he’s on top of the Big 12? While everyone laughed when he said that Texas could still win the conference title after they started 1-2 this season, Mack Brown has Texas within reach of that goal. If he gets there, will he save his job for at least one more year?