Chat Sports recently published a list of potential replacements for when if Mack Brown is fired as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. The Texas job is one of the best coaching jobs in the NCAA and the Longhorns have the funds to make the job appealing to just about every coach in the nation. Here are six more options and why they might be good fits.
Although Fitzgerald has spurned overtures in the past, the allure of Texas might be too great for him to pass up. I’m not the only one who thinks so. Fitzgerald has done quite well at Northwestern and his highly thought of in the NCAA.
Art Briles, Baylor, HC
Briles has done a brilliant job since taking over at Baylor. Granted, having RGIII helped quite a bit, but Briles is the one who recruited Griffin to Baylor. He was able to lead Baylor to its first bowl game in 15 years. Briles has been loyal to Baylor so far, but the Texas job would be tough to turn down.
It may be a little tricky for Texas to get Patterson to leave TCU, since he seems to be very loyal and has a nice thing going there. But the allure of Texas would be strong. His resume is as strong as anyone’s on this list. If Brown does get fired, Texas should reach out to Patterson.
James Franklin, Vandy, HC
Franklin has made Vanderbilt competitive in the SEC. That’s not easy to do. He led them to back-to-back bowl games, something Vanderbilt had never previously done. He may not be a “Texas” guy, but Franklin has proven himself to be worthy. If offered the job, it’d be surprising if Franklin turned it down.
Morris has done wonders for the Clemson offense. He’s also a true “Texas” guy, having coached in the Texas high school ranks for over ten years. He’s gone from high school coach to the highest paid college assistant in less than five years. Morris is on the fast track to head coaching gig, but he might not be ready for the Texas job. Of course, he’s a Texas A&M alumnus, which might be a problem.
Larry Fedora, UNC, HC
Fedora is another “Texas guy,” as he attended Austin College. (Ironically, Austin College is about four hours north of Austin, Texas.) Fedora has been impressive in his head coaching stops at Southern Mississippi and North Carolina. If Texas came calling, Fedora would have to take the job. However, he might still be a little too raw for the Longhorn gig.