The Mack Brown era officially came to an end on Saturday afternoon, with the Longhorn Network reporting that the coach has announced his resignation to players and recruits. Brown will coach his final game in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon, at which point the curtains will finally fall on his 16-season tenure.
Immediately after that game, Texas will have a head coaching vacancy to fill for the first time since 1998. The program has somehow only gone up in value and prestige these past 16 years, so it will not be looking to hire a small name or an up-and-comer.
It's looking to back up the Brinks truck and bring in a stud.
Nick Saban spurned the Longhorns earlier this week, signing a hefty extension to stay at Alabama. But much like the Crimson Tide, who were spurned by Rich Rodriguez before looking to the NFL to land Saban eight years ago, Texas might soon find its perfect candidate in the professional ranks.
The Longhorns have money—a lot of money—and a willingness to make someone an offer they can't refuse. Here are some NFL guys they should tempt.