Why Texas should keep Mack Brown

It's the same argument from Georgia fans who want to fire Bulldogs coach Mark Richt. Richt is 126-44 in 13 seasons as UGA's coach. He has guided the Bulldogs to two SEC championships and six SEC East titles. Last season, Richt came within about five yards of leading Georgia to the BCS national championship game, but fell short at the end of a 32-28 to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC championship game.

OK, you want to fire Richt? Who are you going to hire? Saban isn't coming. Saban is the litmus test for every other coach at a major college football program -- fairly or not. It's like comparing Jim Carrey to Cary Grant. No matter how hard you try, your coach isn't going to be as good as Saban. Accept it and live with it because your school isn't luring Saban away from Alabama.

Ask Tennessee how it has fared since the administration ran off coach Phillip Fulmer, who had a 152-52-1 record in 16-plus seasons from 1992 to 2008. Fulmer guided the Volunteers to a national championship in 1998, but then was fired after the Vols slipped to 5-7 in 2008. Five years later, the Vols are on their third full-time coach and are coming off a 5-7 season under first-year coach Butch Jones.

Miami fired Larry Coker in 2006, after he guided the Hurricanes to a national championship in 2001 and another national championship game appearance in 2002. Coker was fired after a 7-6 finish in 2006. His replacements, Randy Shannon and Al Golden, have gone a combined 50-36 since 2007.

There have been similar woebegone results at Maryland after the Terrapins fired Ralph Friedgen and at Michigan after fans clamored for Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr to retire. For every Fisher (who replaced legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden) and Jim Tressel (who replaced embattled Ohio State coach John Cooper), there's a Rich Rodriguez and Randy Edsall.

With Saban out of the mix, Texas isn't going to find a better football coach than Brown.

And at some point, a coach's character, integrity and how he represents a university still has to matter in college football. Texas won't do better than Brown in that regard, either.

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