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  • That story has dominated the sports talk shows here along with the Dallas Cowboy choke job last Sunday. (I loved it!). Here are the latest "candidates" that are being discussed in no particular order.

    1) Nick Saban-I know he's signed a contract extension (or has he) and he said he was never interested in Texas. Some of the big money boosters aren't giving up. They appear to be embarrassed by the fact he said he was never interested. They took that as a slap in the face and he was their first choice.

    2) Jon Gruden-Seriously his name has come up in the last couple of days. The thought is that he would be a home run hire and is well known.

    3) John or Jim Harbaugh-Jim is likely the preferred choice. Problem here is that both are likely to be in the playoffs and their hiring would be delayed.

    4) Charlie Strong-Lots of seniment for him. But he's not considered a home run hire either.

    5) David Shaw-He likely is entrenched at Stanford.

    6) Pete Carroll-He seems to be having too much fun in the pros.

    7) Urban Meyer-Would he leave Ohio St? No.

    8) Mark D'Antoni-Heart issues and no personality but a very good coach. Not likely.

    9) Art Briles-He's too comfortable at Baylor and is a small town guy. Would be the best hire IMHO but he's not the big name they are looking for.

    10)Gus Malzahn-He would jump at the chance. Small problem of playing for the NC though. UT would need to wait.

    11) Jimbo Fisher-He's probably their 2nd choice. Same issue with Malzahn though. He would get a huge raise. But would he leave Florida and the returning Heismann winner for UT?

    12) Anybody else. UT thinks they can get anyone they want. Saban has supposedly gotten out of the picture. I only post this because it's up to date and unfortunately, OU will need to be picking a new coach in a few years also. I'm sure it will be handled much better than this fiasco. The key thing on who they hire is how soon they want it done.

  • 1. I wonder if he has an out in his contract for Texas, it was rumored before he did.

    2. I'm not sure he has ever coached in college, lot more babysitting.

    3. Neither will leave the pro ranks

    4.Best canidate

    5. Stanford Alum

    6. Can the NCAA levy any penalties against him from USC days?

    7. LOL Meyer won't leave his dream

    8. Sleeper hire

    9. Scary if he ends up in Texas, his offense and a defense that is recruited for him

    10. Personality clashes, just a very odd duck

    11. My personal favorite, believe he just got a bump in pay over a million pretty recent.

    Why have we not heard of any UT alums?

  • SKIPinKELLER said... (original post)

    That story has dominated the sports talk shows here along with the Dallas Cowboy choke job last Sunday. (I loved it!). Here are the latest "candidates" that are being discussed in no particular order.

    1) Nick Saban-I know he's signed a contract extension (or has he) and he said he was never interested in Texas. Some of the big money boosters aren't giving up. They appear to be embarrassed by the fact he said he was never interested. They took that as a slap in the face and he was their first choice.

    2) Jon Gruden-Seriously his name has come up in the last couple of days. The thought is that he would be a home run hire and is well known.

    3) John or Jim Harbaugh-Jim is likely the preferred choice. Problem here is that both are likely to be in the playoffs and their hiring would be delayed.

    4) Charlie Strong-Lots of seniment for him. But he's not considered a home run hire either.

    5) David Shaw-He likely is entrenched at Stanford.

    6) Pete Carroll-He seems to be having too much fun in the pros.

    7) Urban Meyer-Would he leave Ohio St? No.

    8) Mark D'Antoni-Heart issues and no personality but a very good coach. Not likely.

    9) Art Briles-He's too comfortable at Baylor and is a small town guy. Would be the best hire IMHO but he's not the big name they are looking for.

    10)Gus Malzahn-He would jump at the chance. Small problem of playing for the NC though. UT would need to wait.

    11) Jimbo Fisher-He's probably their 2nd choice. Same issue with Malzahn though. He would get a huge raise. But would he leave Florida and the returning Heismann winner for UT?

    12) Anybody else. UT thinks they can get anyone they want. Saban has supposedly gotten out of the picture. I only post this because it's up to date and unfortunately, OU will need to be picking a new coach in a few years also. I'm sure it will be handled much better than this fiasco. The key thing on who they hire is how soon they want it done.

    Who on the list would you be scared of if they hired? Saban but he is not leaving. I think Shaw, Briles, and Malzhan are their best hires. I think a big deal will be this recruiting class. If guys start jumping ship then they may hire sooner. If not then they can afford to wait on Malzhan and some of these guys. I don't think Strong is someone that is a homerun. I honestly think as far as coaching and a guy who has done great at his last two places in D'Antoni from Michigan St. No wow factor and health issues but he has done a great job at Cincinnati and Michigan St. Seems to always make his programs better. Wins with less.

  • Why on earth would either Harbaugh leave the NFL??? Texas isn't a better job than being two of the hottest head coaches in the NFL!

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  • SKIPinKELLER said... (original post)


    1) Nick Saban-... Some of the big money boosters aren't giving up. They appear to be embarrassed by the fact he said he was never interested. They took that as a slap in the face and he was their first choice.

    If a big money booster is embarrassed and feels slapped in the face, would their Texas-sized ego let them really keep pursuing the girl of their dreams?

    Most of those marriages don't end well.

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  • SKIPinKELLER said... (original post)

    That story has dominated the sports talk shows here along with the Dallas Cowboy choke job last Sunday. (I loved it!). Here are the latest "candidates" that are being discussed in no particular order.

    1) Nick Saban-I know he's signed a contract extension (or has he) and he said he was never interested in Texas. Some of the big money boosters aren't giving up. They appear to be embarrassed by the fact he said he was never interested. They took that as a slap in the face and he was their first choice.

    2) Jon Gruden-Seriously his name has come up in the last couple of days. The thought is that he would be a home run hire and is well known.

    3) John or Jim Harbaugh-Jim is likely the preferred choice. Problem here is that both are likely to be in the playoffs and their hiring would be delayed.

    4) Charlie Strong-Lots of seniment for him. But he's not considered a home run hire either.

    5) David Shaw-He likely is entrenched at Stanford.

    6) Pete Carroll-He seems to be having too much fun in the pros.

    7) Urban Meyer-Would he leave Ohio St? No.

    8) Mark D'Antoni-Heart issues and no personality but a very good coach. Not likely.

    9) Art Briles-He's too comfortable at Baylor and is a small town guy. Would be the best hire IMHO but he's not the big name they are looking for.

    10)Gus Malzahn-He would jump at the chance. Small problem of playing for the NC though. UT would need to wait.

    11) Jimbo Fisher-He's probably their 2nd choice. Same issue with Malzahn though. He would get a huge raise. But would he leave Florida and the returning Heismann winner for UT?

    12) Anybody else. UT thinks they can get anyone they want. Saban has supposedly gotten out of the picture. I only post this because it's up to date and unfortunately, OU will need to be picking a new coach in a few years also. I'm sure it will be handled much better than this fiasco. The key thing on who they hire is how soon they want it done.

    --From some of the folks I hear from--:)
    Hearing coach will not come from the NFL ranks, and will probably not be announced now until after bowl season.

    Criteria is suppose to include a HC with experience in a NC game as either HC or a O or D Co-od,

    +++Fisher,Strong, Shaw, Miles and Meyer. Also, some notion that Saban is not necessarily off the table. UT will not acknowledge again interest though to be shot down. That interest is and was mutual, and any chase of that and it is only a chance, totally depends on the depends of what the remaining political situation is with Powers and UT the "image" they are selling.

    ---Falling off Patterson, Anderson, Malzhan

    ***Updated*same source says supposedly "Search Committee puts all options back on the table to replace Mack Brown. No contract/buyout too high for right man". Look at who is on the search committee indicates they got the bucks to back it up.
    AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson has appointed an eight-member advisory committee and retained an executive recruiting firm to assist in the search and hiring of the school’s new head football coach.

    The committee members are:

    • Steve Hicks, vice chair of the Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, and owner and executive chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, a private investment firm.
    • Robert Stillwell, member of the Board of Regents, one of the board’s athletics liaisons, retired partner at Baker Botts LLP and an original director of Mesa Petroleum Co.
    • Michael Clement, accounting professor, McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, and faculty representative to the Men’s and Women’s Athletics Councils.
    • Ricardo Hinojosa, United States federal judge for the Southern District of Texas, former member of the university’s Commission of 125.
    • Charles Matthews, former vice president and general counsel of Exxon Mobil, current president of the Texas Exes.
    • Robert Rowling, former member of the Board of Regents and owner and chairman of TRT Holdings Inc.
    • Charles Tate, chairman of Capital Royalty, former member of the executive committee of the university’s Commission of 125.
    • Pamela Willeford, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

    Patterson also has hired Jed Hughes of Korn/Ferry International, an executive recruiting firm, to help with the search.

    This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by mgcsooner 4 months ago

  • No offense to the OP but that list is a joke. They have almost no shot at the majority of them.

    I find it very interesting that of those candidates, I don't see any that have a passion and desire to coach at UT. In other words, the only way they get them is to throw so much money at them that they will have bought them against their emotional wishes. That type of rational engagement vs. having both an emotional and rational engagement is not ideal.

    The level of coaching performance has to be higher when a coach is headed to a school he regards as a dream job like Stoops to OU or Gundy to OSU.

  • I don't want them getting Malzahn, but it's probably inevitable that he is some day. He is a Texas native and of course a good coach.

  • if they wait a couple more days, Jason Garrett will be available

  • I hope they hire gruden because I think its a potential train wreck. He's a good coach but much more suited for the pro game.

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  • I hope they get Jimbo Fisher, in my opinion he's a lot like Mack Brown.....

    I think he's a better recruiter than coach.

  • SoonerNatChamps said... (original post)

    1. I wonder if he has an out in his contract for Texas, it was rumored before he did.

    2. I'm not sure he has ever coached in college, lot more babysitting.

    3. Neither will leave the pro ranks

    4.Best canidate

    5. Stanford Alum

    6. Can the NCAA levy any penalties against him from USC days?

    7. LOL Meyer won't leave his dream

    8. Sleeper hire

    9. Scary if he ends up in Texas, his offense and a defense that is recruited for him

    10. Personality clashes, just a very odd duck

    11. My personal favorite, believe he just got a bump in pay over a million pretty recent.

    Why have we not heard of any UT alums?

    That rumor about Saban is incorrect (what's new), as he's never had a buyout in his contracts at Alabama, thus wouldn't need an special "out" for Texas.

    With UT big-wigs hanging on Mack Brown's coattails and wanting to take up their coach's time, Nick Saban would show those egotistical boosters the door and he would have been their worst nightmare. Saban to Texas was not going to happen and Saban's last comments cemented that it never would.

    BG


  • On the College Sports channel on Sirius radio one of the guys said the first question the committee will ask will be "How soon can you beat Oklahoma?"

  • Could be wrong but I think one of the big issues is the required time involvement with the LHN. I have heard it is as much as 20 hours/week. That's going to be a turnoff for any coach with a family.

    I think it will be pretty ironic if they don't get the guy they want (Saban on down) because of the LHN.

  • KYSooner said... (original post)

    Could be wrong but I think one of the big issues is the required time involvement with the LHN. I have heard it is as much as 20 hours/week. That's going to be a turnoff for any coach with a family.

    I think it will be pretty ironic if they don't get the guy they want (Saban on down) because of the LHN.

    It would have been interesting if Saban had taken job. Given the fact he's such a control freak the LHN would cause his head to explode.

  • Only because they are Texas and have all the money in the world, my sources say,

    1. Jesus Christ (God)
    2. George Bush (Former President and native Texan)
    3. Lombardi (but rumor has it that he is dead)
    4. Putin (major defense specialist)

    Some religious organizations believe the antichrist will come from the most powerful position in the world which would have to be the next UT football coach.