Texas Football: History Shows Longhorns Face Long Odds for Home Run Hire

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Texas Football: History Shows Longhorns Face Long Odds for Home Run Hire
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Mack Brown’s resignation as Texas head coach hardly came as news to those who have monitored the story.

Rather, the story finally provided closure for what has long been considered a formality.

When Brown officially wrote the final pages of his chapter of Texas football, it set off rampant speculation. Namely, who will become the next head coach at Texas?

The position is widely acknowledged as one of the crown jewels in college football.

As such, the Texas administration and fans alike have set their sights high. Absurdly unrealistic names have surfaced—names like those of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, as Chris Mortensen told ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown (via Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), to Alabama coach Nick Saban

Saban has since told ESPN's Chris Low that he never considered taking the Texas job.

Naturally, Texas seeks the elusive “home run hire.” The reality is there have been two such hires since 2000—Saban at Alabama and Urban Meyer at Ohio State—so the Longhorns brass has a tough job on its hands.

This is an up-close look at the—admittedly subjective—top 10 jobs in the country and who has been hired for them since the turn of the century. 

Programs are listed alphabetically.

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