After starting 1-2 this year and going 5-7 three seasons ago, questions about Mack Brown's job security naturally came up, especially with Texas hiring a new men's athletics director last month for the first time in more than three decades.
Brown has led the Longhorns to seven wins in their last eight games as they've played their way into a chance to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title with a win over Baylor in Waco this Saturday. Preparation for that game and previous ones have not included reassurances of whether Brown will be back next year.
"I really haven't," Brown said. "This is about these kids and it's about this team and I'm very unimportant and have absolutely not mentioned it. I did not mention it after the Ole Miss [loss or] Brigham Young [loss]. I just said, 'Let's go back to work.'"
Texas is practicing in good weather now but when it makes the trip up I-35 to Waco later this week, the conditions could be much different. Temperatures are forecasted to be near freezing and wind could also become a factor.
"Anthony Fera has worked in cold weather and wind and rain and snow more than anybody [at Penn State] so it sure shouldn't affect him," Brown said. "This is an open stadium and when we've been up there before it has been windy, so it's something that we'll have to decide in pregame. It doesn't sound like the sun is going to be an issue, which it usually is at 2:30, and there could be some rain or sleet as well."
The game-time temperature has been 54 degrees in two of Texas' last three games, including a chilly overtime win over West Virginia in the program's first trip to Morgantown last month.