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Jose Canseco Explains How He'd Fix Texas Football on Twitter

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07:  ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS***  Former baseball player and author Jose Canseco poses for a portrait at Book Soup on April 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2013

Jose Canseco—the controversial and bombastic former MLB star—is once again making headlines, this time for tweeting out his ideas for fixing the Texas Longhorns football program.

The 49-year-old starts by openly campaigning for the head coaching position that Mack Brown will step down from after the upcoming Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. 

Canseco attempted to connect with UT’s athletic director Steve Patterson and mentions that he could be the big name the school needs. The ex-slugger then goes on to list the ways he would improve the program.

Canseco first noted that he wants to upgrade the offensive and defensive lines in order to improve the foundation of the roster.

It’s not a totally outlandish idea, as there is certainly room for the Longhorns to improve in that area.

However, his plan soon turns a tad more outrageous. Canseco asked which conference Texas belonged to before noting that the team is long overdue to join the SEC.

That is a decision that would surely rile up the Longhorns fan base and alienate many of them.

Canseco then noted that the lack of height and weight at the quarterback position.

Listed at 6’4”, 240 pounds during his playing days, the former slugger may be on to something when he suggests that size is important at the position. Freshman Tyrone Swoopes is the only signal-caller on the roster that is 6’4” or taller.

Finally, the provocative ex-baseball player mentions that Texas should hire the “recruiting coach” at Baylor.

Canseco may possibly be talking about head coach Art Briles, who led his team to a school record 11 wins this season, but his message isn’t clear.

Chris Vernon, host of The Chris Vernon Show, caught wind of these bizarre tweets and sarcastically encouraged Texas to hire Canseco, saying he’s the right guy for the job.

Fans of this prestigious powerhouse program are praying that Patterson does not choose Canseco for the job. While he’s a long shot for the gig, to say the least, anything could happen during this tumultuous time in Texas.

The Longhorns were long rumored to covet Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban until the four-time national champion signed a contract extension, eliminating the potential for the head coach to jump ship.

Expect Texas to turn the heat up in the coming weeks and unearth the best possible candidate for this high profile job. Don’t expect that to be Canseco.

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