With the Mack Brown era officially over in Austin after a loss to the University of Oregon in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl, Texas Longhorns athletic director Steve Patterson wants a new head coach for the football team by January 15.
Texas football and Big 12 beat writer Max Olson of ESPN.com reported Patterson's expectations 45 minutes before the game via Twitter:
AD Steve Patterson wants to have new Texas coach, staff in place and “back in business” when dead period ends Jan. 15.— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 30, 2013
The clock is now officially on for the Longhorns in regard to finding a new head coach. Rumors are going to be flying off the walls as coaching changes begin to happen in the NFL and as bowl games in the NCAA start coming to an end.
Is a guy like Nick Saban of Alabama still in play? College football analyst Paul Finebaum cites Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News as having a source who believes Saban could still make his way to the Longhorns' campus. Finebaum tweeted:
According to @ChuckCarltonDMN, one source refuses to rule Saban out at Texas. What is there about the word "no" Texans don't understand.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 29, 2013
If you're the Texas Longhorns, who is on your radar? A school like Texas certainly draws in all sorts of names, but nothing is set in stone. The search committee for the new coach, led by Patterson, will be spending many hours trying to find the right fit for the prestigious job.
Having a search committee is nothing out of the norm, as a group was once formed to find Brown 16 years ago. This was best explained by B/R's Taylor Gaspar in her December article on the new committee:
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. So a message to those concerned about this committee: Calm down. Search committees are normal in college sports.
The first two weeks of the new year should be interesting for the Longhorn faithful. Be advised of random Twitter users and message-board posters claiming to have "sources." It's very unlikely for a strong search committee to prematurely spill details of the next coach without actually reaching a new deal.
Whom do you think the search committee will go after? Leave a comment or two in the comment section below, but please don't just only name the top three coaches in the NCAA as replacements.