The search is on for the Texas Longhorns' new head football coach. Athletic director Steve Patterson has appointed an eight-member advisory committee and an executive recruiting firm to aid in finding the Longhorns' new coach. Seven of the eight members were also involved in the committee responsible for hiring Patterson.
Some of the Twitter reaction to the committee was not positive, but any backlash against Patterson's committee is unjust.
When Texas fired John Mackovic in 1997, the school assembled a search committee that ultimately helped land Mack Brown. Former Texas regent Don Evans addressed his involvement in the committee that was responsible for hiring Brown.
"I first got to know Mack in 1997 when I was chairman of the Board of Regents and set up a search committee to find a new football coach," Evans said in his keynote address at the Texas football banquet. "We considered a lot of candidates. But in Mack Brown we hired a great coach. We hired a very good man and a true leader who returned this program to its glory days."
So a message to those concerned about this committee: Calm down. Search committees are normal in college sports.
Now on to the members.
Who are they? Why were they chosen? What background do they have that makes them an asset in making such a significant hire?
Let's take a look.