I wonder what the probability that Kevin Sumlin is a candidate for one or both of those positions is. I wouldn't mind facing a team who just lost its head coach.
OT: Rumor: Mack Brown to Retire on Saturday
Twitter is blowing up right now. Sumlin has apparently been offered the ASU spot according to ASU sources although sources at Houston say it's untrue.
Chris Petersen is apparently talking to UCLA and/or UNC (FWIW).
If a chance to be head coach at Texas may possibly come up ASU will be waiting for an answer awhile.
I'll be surprised if Sumlin is coaching at Houston next year. His stock will never be higher and the time to leave will never be better. He's unfefeated this year, he's been there four years, and his star record-breaking QB is graduating.
Too bad - Sumlin was my number one choice to take over at Minnesota. He was on Mason's staff for a couple of years, and I believe he was considered before Joel Maturi took the Kill shot.
I think that is interesting about Petersen talking to UNC. I was listening to SVP earlier today and he mentioned it was the best major program job vacancy out there right now. I don't really get that. SVP mentioned it was because of the great recruiting area and low expectations (given it is a basketball school). UNC hasn't really had a nationally relevant football program for quite some time. Seems to me that what Petersen did at Boise would warrant bigger and better than UNC.
I think he's had his offers, just has turned them down. I can think of two possibilities on why this year would be different. He feels he has a top-5 team and isn't going to a BCS bowl because of one loss and a small fan base, the tired of banging one's head against a brick wall theory. Or, he was waiting for this one team that may have had a legitimate chance at a national title. He's a coaching legend now and forever if he had won a national title at Boise State.
I have always been surprised that he hasn't left already. To make Boise State a nationally relevant program. If someone would have told me 15 years ago that a coach would come along and make Boise State a Top Ten team year-in-year-out, I would have thought they could have whatever coaching job they would want in the country.
I've heard he has a daughter with significant health or developmental issues and has found a good treatment situation for her in Boise. Stability's important in that kind of situation.
It was his son. He had a brain tumor. Here's the story about it.
I hadn't heard that. This makes the UNC interest much more understandable. UNC and Duke Medical complexes are two of the best in the country. Duke, in particular, has an outstanding cancer center and its just a few miles from UNC's campus.
As a surgeon at Duke, thanks for the props. Our brain tumor center is number 1 in the country. Gotta go - in the OR as we speak. Damn MGoBlog addiction...
That was a great read.
There are rumors that UCLA has offered or is close to offering Peterson.
According to this article:
Petersen's son actually was diagnosed with cancer when he was a one-year old, but has received treatment. There have been reports that the Boise doctor that treated Petersen's son has moved on to UCLA.
Because every Boise St HC that has left has flamed out at their next stop. Petersen knows he has a good thing giong and why rock the boat?
Not saying he will leave. Just saying if he does, those would be the two reasons that could make this year different.
Crazy if true, because Muschamp was the heir apparent.
I would love to see Muschamp bolt for UT. I don't think they would hire him though...
And then Urban Meyer could head back to Florida. He said himself that Florida was his dream job. It just didn't work out because of his health issues. Ohio is left with Fickell! Works for me!
Edit: and to be clear, I am not afraid of Urban coaching at Ohio. I'm just saying it would be hilarious since all the Buckeyes blew off their loss to us and said everything was fine because they were going to get Urban and how he is an even better coach than Tressel and how they would dominate us for another 10 years with him. I realize this WON'T happen, but it would be quite comical if it did.
I heard on the local Portland radio sports stations (sorry no link) that the health deal was just Meyer's way out. They were stating that Urban read the writing on the wall and saw that all of his successful cordinators had been leaving for other schools and knew that Florida was headed for a tail spin, so he split before it totally collapsed.
Interesting if nothing more, and we will never know for sure.
Muschamp has to be pissed that he took the Florida job now. All he had to do was wait another year. It would be really funny if he bolted for Texas, though. It would be John Brantley IV in reverse, but as a coach and not a player.
It would basically be Lane Kiffin all over again.
Hopefully the team will play inspired and knock off Baylor. Michigan needs all the help it can get for a BCS game
It doesn't need that much help - all it needs, most likely, is for LSU to beat Georgia.
(I won't even ask about Mike Leach.) lulz.
One rumor I've hear was Saban to UT for a contract that makes Urban's seem like chump change. Not saying I believe it, but it does seem to hold more water now.
yeah that really makes sense... after a 60 year old coach born on august 27, 1951 retires, they would hire a 60 year old coach born october 31, 1951
They're the same age? Mack looks 5-10 years older than Saban.
Saban already makes more that Urban will at OSU.
Mike Sherman being fired is not suprising, but if true Mack Brown retiring would be.
Has a team ever lost as many 1 possession games as A&M did this year? They were a few plays away from actually having a good season.
As a Packer fan, Mike Sherman losing close games on poor end of game coaching is shocking, shocking!
Not to mention doing jack in the postseason? Thompson and McCarthy uber alles.
Such a bad hire. A&M needs to try and hire someone that has actually been successful as a HC
We could have been about 11-1 that year. We also could have been 4-7. Lost to ND by 7, lost to Wisconsin and Minnesota by 3, lost to Ohio (aargh) and Nebraska (pitch it to Breaston!) by 4 each. Also beat MSU in EL by 3 in OT, beat Penn State on the pass to Manningham, and beat Iowa in OT by 3. Watching the Alamo Bowl with the flu and a 103 degree fever seemed appropriate; that's how I felt all season.
I don't think A&M can afford to fire Sherman. They just paid a lot of money buying out Franchione. Furthermore, A&M has a top ten class coming in now. I also think firing your coach before the first season in the SEC is not very smart.
Don't forget all the money they're losing/paying to get out of the Big 12.
He ran a pretty clean program at Texas, with gigantic expectations, and an impatient fan base.
Get a couple drinks in her and Colt McCoy's wife could poke some holes in the pretty clean program theory.
I don't even know what this means, but I wish I did. Sounds amazing.
Since Colt's wife (fiancee?) is pretty attractive, can you enlighten us as to some of the rumors swirling about an unclean program?
It's been a few months and nothing so I assume Colt and the Texas folks told her to STFU.
I'm not exactly sure, but I think this might be it:
While Brown won a national title and that is nothing to sneeze at, his record in the Big 12 wasn't that great. Texas only played in 3 Big 12 title games and won 2 under Brown. Oklahoma played in 8 Big 12 title games and won 7.
Not many high-level coaches on the board for Texas to choose from.
Maybe poach Gus Malzahan?
Texas is a job that a lot of coaches would leave their current school for. So you can't just look at "available" coaches for that job.
He played at Purdue and coached at Minnesota
...when they could have hired Kevin Sumlin to be a HCIW when Hope was. Not enough stache?
I don't see how John Gruden could NOT turn this down...
Absolutely. Tony Dungy as his DC, Herbstreit as QB coach and Punky Brewster as ball girl.
why can't we have punky as our ball girl?
She has Texas roots.
I can't see no way that he doesn't not turn it down neither.
I row, knight?
Mack Brown wants to be an athletics director. The Texas AD, DeLoss Dodds is like 80 years old. He could easily take a job as an Associate AD there at UT and move into the AD role ala Mike Bellotti and Barry Alvarez.
I'm just glad we don't have to worry about this kind of stuff anymore. We have a bright future ahead. Go Blue!
Would anyone actually be surprised to see Nick Saban at least "talk" to Texas? Hell no.
I wouldn't want to be $aban's mother if enough money were involved.
The only people happier than the rest of the Big 12 that Mac Brown is retiring, is tsio fans. Because they hired Urban Meyer before Texas could come calling.
Wonder if Muschamp will come calling? It is the job he's wanted all along, after all.
I would love to see him Kiffin the shit out of Florida. That would be amazing.
Urban Meyer retires, takes Ohio job after one season off.
Muschamp comes in, leaves after one season.
Gator fans would hate everything.
That leaves one man for Florida:
Retire or "retire" ?
Urban Meyer has got to be kicking himself right now. There are no impending sanctions at Texas, he would get first pick from a bigger and better talent pool, and the women are about 9000 times more attractive.
But at Texas he might not be able to fire the school president like he can at Ohio
Muschamp was going to be Brown's successor but decided to bolt for Florida. I'm guessing part of the reason he left Texas was because he was figuring Brown was going to coach a few more years.
His stock had taken a hit after last year's debacle. It wasn't really the defense's fault that they had a losing season, but a sinking tide lowers all boats.
There were grumblings that his "head-coach-in-waiting" status was in danger regardless of Mack's future, so he probably felt it was prudent to take a solid HC gig while his stock was still high.
was a finess team that wanted to play smashmouth football...tx is going thru a idenity criss. This year they lack a rb who can toke the rock 20-25 times a game. Talent galore but Mack changed up with his assisant...again,tx is going thru a idenity criss.
Mack should retire,what has he done since VY brought home the hardware?
They do have Malcolm Brown who was a five star running back coming out of high school. He's just been dinged up this year because of turf toe. He's a good back.
Without Ricky Williams or Cedric Benson around, there's not a lot of RB's that can toke the ball like they did.
Take that back!
There was a hot OSU cheerleader. That one time.
So... Couldn't Meyer just leave tOSUx if he wanted to?
I mean... It would be a douche bag move relative to humans, but totally par for Urban's course.
/ wishful thinking
Also, Austin >>>>>>>>>> Columbus. And that's not even nearly enough greater than signs.
It is going to be Gary Patterson all the way. Great defensive mind and knows the culture of football in Texas.
If this was a forced retirement and they are letting him go out like this because of his legacy. It was realistic to think that after 5-7 last year if they did not bounce back and land in a BCS bowl he was out the door. How can you go seven years at Texas with only one running back breaking 1000 yards?
... When you've got the top class year in and year out.
Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray are gonna to break that trend in the future.
Whenever I hear an offensive coordinator is fired, my first reaction will that it's a short term desperation move. My crazy prediction: Mack Brown's removal of Greg Davis is an indicator that Mack's in his last few years of being a head coach.
Always be suspicious when the offensive coordinator is fired!
Tubs got canned a year or so after firing Borges didn't he?
Carr retired, not fired, but in many cases an unforced change in offensive coordinator tends to precede (by a year or three) a change in head coach.
Yes, but I think that had more to do with what happened immediately afterward. He brought in a spread based OC (Franklin? maybe?) but kept all his other offensive assistants. The assistants never really bought in, rebelled after a slow start and Tubs fired the new OC only a few games into the season. The writing was on the wall from that point forward.
Unfamiliar coordinator, positions coaches with longtime relationships to head coach. Where have we heard that story before?
Not worrying about your coach ditching you.
under their dining room table when they had this conversation?
Though I agree he'd only have gone to Ohio or ND, it just seemed funny that you seemed confident in this assertion of his wife's wants.
Ohio, Penn State, Texas
Aside from high expectations. Texas has to be the easiest recruiting job in the nation. You're in the biggest recruiting pool for 5 star talent, and I'd say 90% of them want to go to Texas.
According to yahoo the entire roster is from Texas except 7 kids. Each spring Mack Brown presents offers to the kids they want. When summer rolls around, they are done with 90% of their recruiting for the next year.
because they are forced to take 90% Texas kids, and if they don't get a Benson + Vince Young at the same time, they are average.
Agree about Texas for recruiting. California and Florida are just as good for talent, but those states don't have one dominate school controlling the recruiting.
doesn't have one dominate school controlling recruiting? I would disagree. SC is still going to control recruiting there even while they are on probation.
Don't you think Oregon bites into SC's California recruiting more than whoever #2 in Texas is does to UT? I bet so. I feel like TX has a bigger advantage in its home state than SC does in its.
Wow, wonder if he is having any health issues?
I heard he just wants to spend one offseason with his family.
Gene Chizik, and Gus will be HC at Auburn
I would imagine the job would be a great one for Gary Patterson, and I am sure they'd take him in a cold minute. I would imagine Sumlin would fill this spot nicely if he somehow isn't going to ASU.
How long as it been since this many headline jobs have been up in the air?
Well, that's a pretty big job opening. The head coaching position at Texas is probably one of the top head coaching jobs in the country. It's a prestigious football program in a big football state; you have your choice of top notch high school talent, the school has fantastic facilities, tons of $$$. I am just wondering who the heck is out there that is available to coach and that is worthy enough of the position? Gary Patterson would seem to be the obvious choice. What about Chris Petersen? Then again, he did turn down other big-time jobs and expressed that he is content at Boise. What about John Chavis? Bill Cowher?
RT @ChipBrownOB I'm told Mack Brown doesn't plan to retire any time soon.
Chip Brown... the mouthpiece of UT athletics.
I hear Urban Meyer is super happy at ESPN.
the Texas players step up this weekend to give Brown a win in his last game to prevent any chance of Baylor sneaking above us in the BCS rankings.
Crazy, I'm down here in Austin and go away from my computer for 30 minutes and this happens. The UT alumni magazine blog posted a quick article about it here:
Quote from the article: "When I emailed Mack’s people for a response, they wrote: “You can say we said it doesn’t even warrant a response.”"
yoo.. you live down there? very cool, im moving in three weeks to Austin and was wondering about the michigan alumni club.
Yeah actually in grad school at UT, so they're my (distant) second favorite school now. You'll enjoy it down here, I've had a pretty good time.
Don't know much about the Alumni club because I usually watch the Michigan games with classmates who went to Michigan. There seem to be quite a few UM grads down here though.
we've even got John U. Bacon visiting next weekend
Should he have waited untill the some of the coaching dusted settled and have a better option than Arizona? Not that RichRod would get the Texas job, buthe might have gotten a better job than Arizona.
RichRod should, and did, wind up at a program that was beaten-down enough that they would look upon him as a savior. Patience in the face of salvation is easier to come by when you don't have a long line of illustrious predecessors to live up to. Also, nobody at Arizona is making outlandish promises about how RichRod will transform the program into a perennial MNC (ahem, like certain MGoSiteOwners) .
Texas brought in some really good coaches last year. The reason they weren't more successful was because Texas is young and their coaching got lazy the for a couple years prior. The Oline went soft (so they got Wisc O-line coach), the offense went stale (so they got Boise's OC), the DC left (so they got the hottest DC in CFB from Miss St) and a few others. It takes time to get players who haven't been coached properly to play well sometimes. They needed to get back to a lot of fundamentals and teach people how to play. They start a bunch of Freshman. I guess I wouldn't be surprised if someone got promoted if this is true.
with all their talent, they have no good excuse for two bad seasons in a row.
One plus is that with all the coaches retiring/being fired, it takes away alot more guys Urban could be looking at as potential coordinators. I mean all of his previous coordinators are head coaches somewhere else except for Mattison, and with all the coaching changes this will hurt him a bit more.
On a side note, man in like 3 years once Mike Leach and RR get recruits into their schools respectively, boy the PAC12 is gonna be insane for offenses, with Oregon, Arizona and Wazzu. Hopefully RR takes a leason from his time at Michigan and gets himself someone that can marginally coach a defense. Seriously he just needs someone that can hold the other team to under 28 and he will win a bunch, same goes for Mike Leach.
Corwin Brown & John Tenuta?
If Urban pulled a "ND...mmm, no...Florida" to OSU and went to Texas?
always seemed like a coach I'd like to play for if I were a high school kid. I'd of course pick Michigan instead, but Texas would definitely be in the mix.
He reminded me too much of a former president (not trying to start anything political), so I never felt like he was trust worthy.
This season Brown often looks lost on the sidelines, like an old man who's memory and talents are slipping, kind of the way JoePa looked 20 years ago.