The Texas Longhorns are undefeated in conference play this season. They sit atop the Big 12 standings through the first five weeks of the 2013 NCAA Football season. If you do not scratch the surface, things do not seem that bad in Austin. But if you just dig a little bit, the truth is, the situation is quite bleak for the Longhorns in 2013.
Especially, for Texas head coach Mack Brown.
I have said it before. Brown is not long for Texas. Entering the 2013 season, I said that I didn’t see him lasting the season. Now, although Texas has won two straight games to begin conference play, my opinion has not changed. In fact, I can see a scenario in which Brown is fighting for his coaching life with the Longhorns next Saturday when UT takes on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Shootout.
Here are some reasons why.
Texas defeated the Kansas State Wildcats last weekend, 31-21. They had to come back to beat the Iowa State Cyclones on the road on Thursday night. While they were conference wins, they were hardly impressive. Nonetheless, Texas sits atop the Big 12 with a 2-0 conference record.
But then, reality hits, and you have to look ahead. The Longhorns have over a week to prepare for the Sooners in their annual Red River Rivalry game in Dallas. After that, Texas will have two weeks in between games, before they hit the road to take on the TCU Horned Frogs the last Saturday of the month. I can see Texas fire Brown unless Texas can somehow pull off a monumental upset against Oklahoma, as it would give the interim coach two weeks to get ready for the next game.
We just saw it with the USC Trojans and Lane Kiffin. We all knew that it was just a matter of time before the Trojans finally rid themselves of that nightmare, but chose to do so when they had more than a week in between games to give Ed Orgeron more time to prepare for his USC head coaching debut. I would say that there is a very strong chance that the same could happen at Texas.
I could be wrong. Maybe UT will not win the game against Oklahoma, but perhaps they could keep it close. Maybe that will be enough for Brown to keep his job.
For another few weeks.
Then again, Texas may have already made up its mind. The athletic director is leaving soon. He hired Brown. One has already announced his upcoming departure. Could the other one be right behind?
We may find out after next Saturday.