More Desirable Hot Seat Job: Gene Chizik's at Auburn or Mack Brown's at Texas?

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 13, 2012

There are two prestigious programs that may have an open head coaching spot during the offseason.

With the recent struggles of the Auburn Tigers and Texas Longhorns, head coaches Gene Chizik and Mack Brown are feeling the heat if things don't quickly turn around during the 2012 season.

Auburn is now 1-5 on the season, following an upset loss to Ole Miss earlier today, while Texas has lost two games in a row and has fallen to 4-2, with almost no chance left to compete for a Big 12 title.

Both respected head coaches may find themselves looking for a new gig, while a young guy that is looking to make a name for himself may be interested in taking over one of these top programs.

But which job is more attractive to a head coach?

To me, the first thing I would look at as a head coach is how easy it is to recruit in that area. A college football program is really only as good as its recruits, simply because you need talent to win football games, especially playing in the Big 12 and SEC.

Both schools have a great track record, but due to the recruiting competition in Alabama, it is much harder for Auburn to lock up in-state recruits than it is for Texas. The Tigers have to compete with the Crimson Tide in the same exact state, as Nick Saban and company seem to eat up a good portion of the talent every season.

According to, the Tigers secured only seven of the 17 recruits from the 2013 class who hail from the state of Alabama. Texas on the other hand, does have competition with Oklahoma and Texas A&M, but the Longhorns usually have no trouble at all convincing much of the top talent from the Lone Star state to come to Austin.

That's why replacing coach Brown should be the more desirable head coaching job.

According to, 14 of the Longhorns' 15 recruits from the 2013 class are from the state of Texas. Both Alabama and Texas are rich with great football talent, but the less competition my program has to compete against, the better my shot is at quickly turning my team into a contender. 

This brings me to another point as to why the Texas job is where it is at as far as coaching is concerned.

Winning in the Big 12 is going to be a lot easier than it is winning in the SEC. Oh, teams such as West Virginia and Oklahoma are certainly here for the long haul. But SEC powers Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M and LSU haven't been too shabby themselves and make up what is the deepest conference in all of college football.

Do you seriously see Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide going anywhere anytime soon?

There is a reason the SEC has won six straight national championships, and with the way everybody recruits, there is no telling how long that streak can continue.

A head coach is only as good as his win-loss record says he is, and I would think playing teams like Kansas and Iowa State every now and then is better than playing in the SEC West every season. In one conference you give yourself a little of wiggle room as far as winning the title goes. In the other, one loss and there is a chance you cost your entire team a shot at an SEC Championship.

And due to the high demand for results, the SEC also puts you on a shorter leash than does the Big 12. Chizik just won a national championship back in 2010, but due to a couple of subpar seasons, the hot-seat rumors are already flying. Brown hasn't won a BCS bowl since 2005 (and even had a losing record in 2010) but is still roaming the sidelines in 2012 with a chance to prove himself.

A head coach should consider himself lucky if he ever ends up coaching either one of these terrific programs. But due to better recruiting areas, less overall competition in the conference and better job security, you would have to say Texas is the more desirable destination at this point.


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