Mack Brown's days as Texas football coach are numbered

The Longhorns have fallen, and they can't get up. And the Brown era seems near an end.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 15, 2013

Mack Brown sat down at the table Saturday night, and courtesy of The Longhorn Network, the whole world could watch.

So I did. And I saw a Dead Coach Walking.

Ole Miss had just popped Texas 44-23, not with the authority that Brigham Young had a week before, 40-21 with 550 rushing yards. Less authority, but no less discouraging in Bevo Land.

Three straight disappointing seasons has become four. The Longhorns are 23-18 since the start of the 2010 season.

Over that span, OU is 35-8. OSU is 34-8. Kansas State is 30-12. Texas A&M is 29-13. Baylor is 27-14. Texas Tech is 24-17.

The ‘Horns have fallen, and they can't get up.

And the Brown era seems near an end. The fans have turned; Mack was booed Saturday night at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

His sacrificial firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz a day after the BYU bashing didn't change much. Ole Miss rushed for 272 yards, an acceptable sum only when compared to Brigham Young.

Worse yet, Brown's champion, athletic director DeLoss Dodds, might be on his way out, too. Orangebloods.com reported that Dodds will retire in January, ostensibly so new administration can make coaching hires.

Mack looks and sounds defeated, but he isn't talking that way. Not yet.

“Get all this righted by winning the Big 12 championship,” he said. “That's what we've got to do.”

Even in a watered-down Big 12, that's not happening. Beating the Sooners would grant a temporary reprieve, but how's that happening, too? The Sooners have beaten the ‘Horns by 38 and 42 points the last two years, plus now OU seems to be playing a little defense. Which Texas most certainly is not doing.

The ‘Horns remain in denial. Early last week, Mack said Texas has talent. After the Ole Miss game, new d-coordinator Greg Robinson said the same.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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