Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told reporters that coach Mack Brown
is "fine." (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Last Saturday, BYU routed Texas 40-21 after rushing for an astounding 550 yards. While Longhorns coach Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz the next day, many fans feel that Brown is more responsible for the program's recent struggles. Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds is seemingly not among them.
Dodds told the Austin American-Statesman that while the controversy surrounding the 1-1 Longhorns is "a perfect storm," Brown's job security is not in immediate danger:
"Mack's fine," Dodds said. "I know we didn't play well Saturday. Mack will know if he should be coaching (at Texas) or shouldn't be. I know this is my responsibility, and I'm not shying away from it. The bottom line is I'm for the kids and the coaches."
Brown has won 151 games during his tenure at Texas, including the 2005 BCS title. But his record has slipped to 23-17 over the past three-plus seasons. Rumors swirled that Brown met with Dodds and university president Bill Powers over the weekend, but Dodds denied that, saying that he expects Brown to remain part of the program's future:
"Mack loves the game. He's good for Texas. He's going to be a part of what his future is. I think the perfect storm scenario is apropos. I told Mack, 'It's a long season. There's lots of time to do good things.'"