With the college football season winding down it means two things: lot of bowl games and an abundance of coaching rumors.
Sports Illustrated focused on the latter with its complete hiring/firing primer from Pete Thamel, which breaks down, conference by conference, the coaches from BCS conferences most likely to lose their jobs and who could replace them.
Not surprisingly, Mack Brown’s job status at Texas is at the forefront of the coverage. Here is what Thamel had to say about Brown.
Mack Brown’s future boils down to this: Texas should be a national power. It’s not. This season shows once again that it’s highly unlikely the Longhorns can return to prominence under Brown. The prevailing hope among Texas higher-ups is that Brown will realize his charmed run is over and step down at a celebratory press conference with everyone holding hands and smiling. Brown could then head off to a long and successful career in television.
Texas didn’t nudge DeLoss Dodds out the door for the status quo. Brown is too savvy not to realize this, and it’s unlikely he’ll put Longhorns administrators in a position to fire him.
Perhaps the most insightful portion of Thamel’s analysis revolves around the Longhorns’ next potential coach. According to Thamel, who quickly dismissed the Nick Saban rumors, there is no clear frontrunner for the position.
He mentioned names such as: Charlie Strong, Art Briles, Bill O’Brien, James Franklin, Jimbo Fisher, Chris Petersen, Jim Mora Jr., Jon Gruden
and Lovie Smith. But Thamel boils the hunt down to one thing — offensive identity.
He claims the program has lacked an offensive personality the past four seasons, and whomever potentially replaces Brown must establish a consistent style.