Posted: 10:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Despite what the leadership is saying in Austin, the walls are closing in on Mack Brown after his Longhorns lost to Ole Miss. I don't say that to slight the Rebels, who by all accounts played a great game (thanks, LHN). The team from Oxford will win quite a few more contests before this season is over.
However, the loss only increased the discontent among Texas fans, and once fans as unhappy as they are there, it's only a matter of time.
Notably, Brown's seemingly inevitable downfall would be another unfortunate result for a coach who won a BCS national championship. Much maligned since its advent in 1998, the BCS hasn't even been good to those who won its titles. Just consider what has happened to those who claimed its hardware:
Given that most folks seemed to agree that the SI report is a clown show before it's even over, Miles is probably OK at the moment. Saban is all right too for now, though not after being bit by the BCS title curse once with an ill-fated tenure with the Dolphins. Plus, if Yahoo! Sports shares its documentation on D.J. Fluker with the NCAA and it's all legit, it's hard to imagine any of the Tide's 2012 season wins not being vacated.
This winter will feature the final BCS championship. If you're a coach, do you even want it? Maybe it'd be best to let Saban take this one and soak up more of the curse like the picture of Dorian Gray and hope that the College Football Championship title is not similarly bewitched.
Or, perhaps the lessons here are that winning a championship is very hard and sometimes requires luck, nothing lasts forever, and NCAA rules are structured such that it's practically impossible for a successful program not to run afoul of them at some point. The biggest winners have the biggest targets, after all, and compared to the mountain top, everything else just can't compare.