Who Replaces Mack Brown at Texas?

The report surfaced yesterday afternoon from Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com that long time Texas Longhorns’ head coach Mack Brown would step down by the end of the week. At that point, the rumor mill began as to who would be the new head coach in Austin and while current Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was, and still is, the odds on favorite to land the job, there are other names out there as well.

Here are my top three choices to replace Brown along with my take on each, followed by the list for ‘Best of the Rest.’


Nick Saban – Head Coach, Alabama Crimson Tide

Yes I had to get Saban out of the way first even though I don’t believe the rumors that he has a 10 year $100 million offer waiting for him from the University of Texas. He does, however, according to a report from ESPN, have a contract extension on his desk at Alabama just waiting for his signature. While you can make what you want of him not signing it just yet, I still think he has too good of a job, and too good of a team, at Alabama to leave for a rebuilding project.

Does he fit? Yes. Will he be the next head coach at Texas? Not in my opinion.


Jim Harbaugh – Head Coach, San Francisco 49ers

Harbaugh would be a great fit for the Texas Longhorns, especially seeing what he did with the Stanford football program during his four years at the helm including a 12-1 finish and a win in the Orange Bowl his final season with the Cardinal in 2010. Not to mention taking the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship game and then the Super Bowl in his first two years on the job.

He brings a tremendous resume, ability to recruit top notch players, and the resume to show he can turn around programs having done so not only at Stanford but also at the University of San Diego, going 22-2 his final two seasons as the head coach.


Mike Tomlin – Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs and I tweeted back and forth about Tomlin last night when I brought up the fact I thought he would be a great fit and exactly the kind of guy the Longhorns would look for in a head coach. He’s just 41 years of age so he fits the “young coach” and he brings with him the reputation of winning a Super Bowl at the highest level of coaching, his name along would make any high school athlete, and their parents, agree to listen to a recruiting pitch, and doing so with the Texas name behind him could make for a big time haul of some of the best talent this state, and other states, had to offer.

When he’s dealt with a quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who has had a ton of off the field drama there’s no question he could handle a big time college program with very little issue. While NFL head coaches may not leave for a college head coaching gig, Texas isn’t just another coaching gig.


Best of the Rest

Jimbo Fisher – Head Coach, Florida State Seminoles

James Franklin – Head Coach, Vanderbilt Commodores

Gus Malzahn – Head Coach, Auburn Tigers

Mike Gundy – Head Coach, Oklahoma State Cowboys

Art Briles – Head Coach, Baylor Bears


Dark Horse Candidates to Watch

Kliff Kingsbury – Head Coach, Texas Tech Red Raiders

Ed Orgeron – Former Defensive Line Coach, USC Trojans





About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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