Texas’ Mack Brown on the Hottest Seat of Coaches in the Big 12
National Football Authority
By Nate Kuester
|Courtesy: Associated Press|
The coaches of the Big 12 are light two positions with the departures of Nebraska and Colorado, and they will likely keep the same group in tact into 2012.
There are of course a few coaches who may face an uncomfortable 2011. After all, this is the Big 12—home to some of the most premier football programs in the country.
When a coach at a big-time institution falters, the heat gets dialed up on them. Just ask Texas’ Mack Brown. He put in a whole new staff, because of his 5-7 season last year. Of course that is an exaggeration, but there were several staff changes within the assistants in Austin.
However there are also plenty of coaches who will probably coast right along in the upcoming season, in regard to their futures at their respective schools. National Football Authority offers up our take on each coach’s job security status in the new, leaner Big 12.
Hot Seat Status: Frigid
Texas – Mack Brown
Coaching Record: Career – (133-34), Bowls – (8-4)
This may or may not come as a surprise, but no coach in the conference enters the 2011 season under more scrutiny than Mack Brown. Yes, the same Mack Brown who led the Longhorns to the 2009 national title game and the same one who won the national championship in 2005.
What a difference a 5-7 season makes in Austin. It is highly unlikely another losing season would mean the end for Brown, but three losing seasons could. Brown is not taking any chances.
He made some significant changes to the coaching staff following the end of the 2010 season. Most notably, he hired former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to revamp his failed pro-style experiment in 2010. If anyone can light a fire under the offense, it’s Harsin.
Brown will very likely see any chatter about replacing him in 2011 fall away, as the Longhorns are garnering Top-25 attention in the preseason rankings. But make no mistake about it, Brown has the most critics of any other coach in the conference heading into the upcoming season.
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