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.’
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.
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.
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
Dark Horse Candidates to Watch