December 15th, 2013 10:45 AM║ Posted By: Mike Mitchell ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Alabama Kirby Smart, Bruce Feldman, Longhorn Network
The 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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