Sep 14, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown before kick-off against the Mississippi Rebels at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Will This Be Mack Brown’s Final Red River Rivalry?


Bob Stoops came to Oklahoma Sooners as their new head coach in 1999, two years after the Texas Longhorns hired Mack Brown. Since that time, Brown, 62, has a record of 153-45 (.772) and one national championship (2009) in two appearances. Stoops, 53, has a record of 153-37 (.805) with one national championship (2000) in four appearances. However, despite those great records, if the Oklahoma Sooners blow out the Longhorns for the third year in a row, Mack Brown might not be coaching at Texas much longer.

The Longhorns struggled in 2010, one year after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national title game. They finished that year 5-7 and missed out on a bowl appearance for the first time in Brown’s tenure in Texas. The next year, they finished 8-5 and beat the California Golden Bears in the Holiday Bowl. The next year, they finished 9-4 and beat the Oregon State Beavers in the Alamo Bowl.

While Texas has been improving each of the last three years, it isn’t fast enough for their fans. With two early losses in 2013, many are calling for Mack Brown’s head. Even Texas Longhorns’ legend Earl Campbell is asking for Brown to step down. The magic, the two national titles and the great success of his tenure, means little based on the disappointing last three seasons.

Brown has responded that the only thing that matters is winning, and that if the Longhorns start winning games again, people will forget their complaints.

One thing that fans won’t forget quickly is that Bob Stoops has dominated the Red River Rivalry series with Mack Brown. If there is one game that OU and Texas coaches have to win, it is the OU vs. Texas game. A bad season is automatically better if they win this game. In the 14 games since Stoops became OU head coach, he has a 9-5 record against Texas. The last two wins were by scores of 55-17 and 63-21.

Another blowout by OU means that means Mack Brown’s days in Texas might be numbered.

“People get bored with you, even when you win a lot,” Stoops said this week.

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