Texas Needs a Fresh Perspective
Last week I stated that Texas vs Oklahoma was a survival game, a game to determine the fate of both programs. Well, Oklahoma not only beat Texas, they might have got Mack Brown fired. Oklahoma beat Texas like they stole something, and now the state of Texas is calling for Mack Brown’s head. Coach Brown has never sat on a hotter seat, not even during the days of the infamous website firemackbrown.com. Mack needs to do the right thing, and step down as the head coach of Texas.
I know it’s every coach’s dream to retire on their own terms, but it rarely happens. I’m sure Mack Brown wants to get the program back on top, before he steps down. But after Saturday’s Red River game, it appears that Mack has lost this program, and the time is now to go. After the 5-7 season, Mack revamped his entire staff, new offensive and defensive coordinators, and several other position coaches as well. Well, you can no longer blame assistant coaches, this fiasco now lands squarely on the shoulders of the head coach.
Now if Mack does step down, who does UT bring in to restore Texas to the top of the college football mountain? The Longhorns donors have the money to bring in any coach that is ready to leave, so Nick Saban will be at the top of every Longhorn wish list. Problem is, Nick Saban might not want to leave Alabama. Another popular choice might be Will Muschamp, the former “head coach in waiting” for Texas. Would he leave his job at Florida, and come back to Austin? Many more names will pop up, especially if Texas loses another game or two.
The big question now comes, does Mack “retire” gracefully after the season, knowing the game might have passed him by. The Longhorns are expected to make a serious run at a big 12 title next season, with many starters coming back. Will Mack try and hold on 1 more year, so he can have a shot at leaving at the top? Or does he do the right thing, step aside and give the keys to a young, hungry coach? Time will tell, but after another beat down in the Cotton Bowl, it’s clear that Texas needs a new direction.