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With Mack Brown Out, Who’s Next At Texas? Plenty Of SEC Names Being Mentioned

silhouette-question-markThe race is on at Texas to replace Mack Brown.  The longtime Longhorns coach announced Saturday night he’s stepping down after 16 years. Brown will coach Texas in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

With Brown officially out, the speculation begins about the next coach. Plenty of SEC names being mentioned with two coaches – Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin – featured prominently in many lists.

The Houston Chronicle throws out a list of candidates that includes Malzahn and Franklink along with Alabama’s Kirby Smart and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

Bruce Feldman at CBSSports.com mentions both Franklin and Malzahn as potential candidates.  Yes, Malzahn has recently agreed to an extension “but it is worth noting that most coaches agree to deals but often don’t immediately sign the contracts for weeks and even months, and even if they do, there are often manageable buyouts,” writes Feldman. The University of Texas paper also has  a list that includes Malzahn and Franklin.

Over at USA Today, Paul Myerberg doesn’t mention Franklin but does consider Malzahn.  ” Here’s what makes Malzahn so appealing: his offense. The idea of teaming the Longhorns’ athletes and the type of recruits in Texas with Malzahn’s up-tempo system is exciting, to put it lightly.”

At Sports Illustrated, Andy Staples’  list doesn’t feature Malzahn but includes Franklin.  ”Imagine what he could do with the athletes he’d get at Texas. Franklin would be excellent on the Longhorn Network as well.”

 Here’s a list at Foxsports.com that not only includes Malzahn and Franklin but also Alabama coach Nick Saban, LSU coach Les Miles and Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin with a mention of Florida coach Will Muschamp.

Of course, Saban just signed an extension at Alabama that will pay him around $7 million annually.  He told ESPN.com Saturday, ”I never considered going to Texas. That wasn’t even a conversation.”

Finally, here’s some perspective on the coaching search from Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel.  ”Alabama offered Rich Rodriguez its job before having to “settle” on Saban.”

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SEC Headlines 11/28/2012 Coaching Searches, Championship Game & Heisman Hype Edition

Coaching Searches

1. TCU’s Gary Patterson interviewed at Auburn – back in 2008.

2. Kevin Scarbinsky on Auburn:  ”They’re going to have to explain why they hired Bobby Petrino. Or why they didn’t.”

3. What the Mark Stoops hire at Kentucky means for Tennessee.

4. Whoever Tennessee hires, expect more junior college recruiting to help build depth.

5. Three hot coordinators: Alabama’s Kirby Smart, Florida’s Brent Pease and Clemson’s Chad Morris.

6. Columnist on Vanderbilt coach James Franklin: “Franklin would be safe at Vandy for several more years. If he were to take a “bigger” job, he has three seasons max to win big.”

7. Franklin, Les Miles and four other coaches are getting mentioned frequently in connection with the Arkansas job.

8. Columnist on Arkansas’offer: “Miles would never leave LSU for any place.” Another skeptic – “highly doubtful”

9. Lousiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes gets mentioned in connection with many SEC jobs - he reportedly interviewed at North Carolina State this morning.

10. Florida state safety Lamarcus Joyner on Mark Stoops leaving for Kentucky: “He’s a great man and he deserves it.”

11. Kentucky fans and former players like the hire as well, and the scuttlebutt starts about who will be joining Stoops in Lexington.

12. Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley likely candidates. Coley reportedly offered.

SEC Championship Game

13. Gary Danielson: “We don’t know how real Georgia is.”

14. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray: “He does all the little things right.”

15. Remember Georgia’s defensive performance in the first half of last year’s championship game?

16. Advice for the Bulldogs offense: Step on the gas.

17. Advice for the Crimson Tide offense: Watch out for Jarvis Jones.

18. Alabama’s domination: Since the start of the 2008 season, 59 wins – most ever by SEC team in such a period.

19. Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, batting turf-toe injuries, is starting to get healthy.

20. Georgia’s Mike Bobo and Alabama’s Kirby Smart first met when they were both ballboys for their fathers, high school coaches in south Georgia.Bobo: “We’ve tended to compete at everything we’ve ever done, from cards to golf to who can get to the store the fastest.”

21. Thanks to bonuses, Nick Saban’s total compensation will eclipse the $6 million mark if Alabama wins its next two games.

Heisman Hype

22. Johnny Manziel – the best scrambler in the business.

23. Where did he get that athleticism?  From his parents.

24. “(T)he winner is clear, and voters don’t need any more time to think about it.

25. Comparing Manziel to Kansas State’s Collin Klein 

26. Skip Bayless says Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o deserves the Heisman.

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SEC Headlines – 11/30/11 PM Edition

1.  Looking for a reason not to trust ESPN and/or Urban Meyer?  Here ya go.

2.  “A source close” to Alabama’s Kirby Smart says the defensive coordinator has not interviewed with Ole Miss yet.

3.  LSU’s Jordan Jefferson continues to improve.

4.  Trent Johnson’s basketball team rallied for a much-needed one-point win over Houston last night.

5.  The Ole Miss basketball team will head to Hawaii for a December basketball tournament next year.

6.  This writer says it’s nearly a sure thing that Florida will land in the Gator Bowl.

7.  Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell should be ready to go against LSU Saturday night.

8.  John Calipari wants the NBA to make players spend two years in college, “but that ain’t happening.”

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