Barring a major turnaround in Austin, most folks seem to think that Texas coach Mack Brown is as doomed as Davy Crockett at the Alamo. So where might the Longhorns turn for a replacement should the plug be pulled on Brown’s administration?
According to Paul Finebaum via Twitter, one Texas insider tells him that Florida’s Will Muschamp (and ex-Brown assistant) and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart could be potential candidates if Brown walks away (or is shown the door). Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com — the Rivals site covering Texas — also told Finebaum that the Horns could go as high as seven or eight million dollars per year for Nick Saban. Finebaum’s response to that:
Meanwhile, Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com has tossed out the name of Georgia’s Mark Richt as well (among many others).
Interestingly, Alabama fans might be more attached to Smart — even after last Saturday’s performance at Texas A&M — than Florida and Georgia fans are to their head coaches. After any loss, the “can’t win the big one” talk starts anew in Athens. And Gator fans aren’t showing up at The Swamp or even for BCS bowl games like they once did.
But while we’re looking around the SEC for potential Texas candidates, let’s throw out the name of another man who’s shown he’s not afraid to change jobs quickly. If Gus Malzahn somehow manages to win a surprising number of games at Auburn this fall, don’t be shocked to see his name kicked around in connection with the Texas gig.
And while the odds of it happening are a million-to-one, what better way for Texas to steal some of the spotlight back from Texas A&M than by nabbing Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin?
For now it’s all talk and speculation. If Texas can muster eight wins this year, Brown will likely return in 2014. But if losses continue to mount, expect to hear more talk about Saban (silly), Smart, Muschamp, Richt, and others.