this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
"Ate a live Longhorn" ftfy
I'll say it, I've always really liked Mack Brown. The side-by-side pressers and appearances he had with Lloyd around the 2005 Rose Bowl were surprisingly fun and engaging. They're a lot alike in a lot of ways, at two very similar universities. Which doesn't make it too surprising that he was chewed up and spit out by their fanbase in very similar ways.
too, mostly from that Rose Bowl. I've been sorry to see Texas struggle and the heat rise on him. To me it shows an ugly side of the school.
Most of the denials sound like corporate swahili for "We are negotiating the buyout terms as we speak."
...pretty sure they're corporatese for "the person formally responsible for that decision is about to be relieved of his duties and nothing will happen until he's replaced."
ESPN reporting that the Texas Board of Regents will be meeting on Thursday to discuss the future of the current school president. Looks like Mack's situation will be known on Thursday or early next week.
to Michigan?? Hoke to Texas? please be true
Talk about two downward movements...
Simple logic suggests he steps down, which would in turn create space for a more qualified individual.
Mack Brown is denying the reports as of now.
My sense is the Texas regents wants him gone, but due to his clout with boosters and certain administrators, getting rid of him is a complicated and risky task. Having said that, I don't see him coming back next year, and I suspect that this "announcement" will come to be seen as a botched attempt to nudge him out the door. The regents seem determined to push him out; they already sacrificed the AD DeLoss Dodds who was a Brown ally, and they appear ready to sacrifice the university president, another Brown ally.
The wildcard is that Brown's personal attorney and close friend, billionaire trial lawyer Joe Jamail, also happens to be Texas' biggest booster (the field at their stadium is named after him). He has publicly threatened to not only cut Texas off but to sue the school of Brown is forced out. So this could get very messy.
This is what I gather from the situation as well.
...I think/hope he wouldn't tear the program apart to save his job.
...but I'm guessing that if Jamail decided to try to take the program or the university down a notch, Brown wouldn't be able to do much about it.
If that's true, please pass the popcorn!
I wanted to post earlier, but my information is suspect. But what the hell.
I have a very good customer/dealer who is a big LSU alum/booster. They ran into a TX booster, who claimed he was on the search committee ( obviously not official search committee). They felt they had Saban for $10MM/year from UT and $5MM/year from boosters through back doors. Guaranteed them they highest paid assistants in the country as well. Remember TX has the longhorn network and unlimited money.
First off I know this is totally unsubstantiated, but I also know my customer, while he hates Saban because of what he did to LSU, he believes what he told me. I just can't verify the TX guy. This conversation was two weeks ago, before Auburn.
Flame me if you like, but this is fuel to the fire, weak fuel yes...
Also, why is D'antonio never mentioned as a serious candidate for a big time job? Not saying TX or AL, but you have to admit he took advantage of the RR years and is a pretty good coach. I hate him and MSU as much as the next guy, but if Bielma can go to Ark?
There just aren't many jobs that fall into that category of jobs that are better than MSU but not elite, and they only have openings so often. Washington was one, but they got Peterson. I could see him going to South Carolina when Spurrier retires. I just don't know how many jobs really fit that criteria.
D'Antonio is older. He's got health problems. His ties are all to the Midwest. He runs a defense-first program, which might hurt at some schools. He isn't a hot name, which will hurt at Texas. He is also a very, very boring Midwestern guy which might not jive with the Southern good old boys.
If Urban Meyer hadn't left Florida, then I think Dantonio would have been a good bet to take over at Ohio State. But that's the only other college job that would have been a good fit for him. He could bolt for the NFL if the mood should strike him. Barring that, however, I don't see him going anywhere (unfortunately).
Dantonio was born in Texas and played at South Carolina.
He doesn't want to leave State.
The only person that doesn't know what is going on appears to be him.
I think that describes everyday with Texas football.
Hell yes. POSbang thread cuz Hand is coming to Ann Arbor!?
I seem to rember hand saying he would follow Saban to TX? Not sure if I recall correctly, but since he chose AL because of their fine engineering program, over Michigan. I think it is safe to say academics probably was not the reason he went to AL?
If Saban goes there is always a chance, but I think hand is the new Demar Dorsey (without the academic issues, that is)
Lots of uncertainty in Columbus next year. DC may be on the move, senior OL graduates as does Hyde. The 22/3/4 win streak is over and not likely to be repeated, stock is at its peak. Braxton is going to be heavily leaned upon which means 1 injury from tanking the season.
Dantonio has the opportunity to be the Bo Schembechler of East Lansing if you ask me. If he keeps at it, he's going to be a legend up there. I think he wants that more than an ego trip down south.
I think Saban stays where he is. All the pieces are right there. He has a hand in losing the game to Auburn and hence knocking the team out of the NC game by attempting a foolishly low percentage field goal and not explaining to his guys they're gonna return a short kick. My guess is that burns him deep into the night and he wants another crack at it to avenge next year. TX would require a couple years of development to get recruiting and players up to snuff. I'm obviously not in that income bracket but what the heck do you do with the larger number of millions as a CFB coach? Start your own airline on the side?
I think we should just move on from DaShawn Hand. Great kid but he's made up his mind. I think he truly wants to study engineering, which is admirable but not likely as an elite D1 player.
Meyer isn't going anywhere that isn't Notre Dame or the NFL, and even then I doubt he's willing to go to either of those at this point.
But given his sleazeballishness, I guess it wouldn't shock me if he left, either.
Meyer isn't the right guy for the NFL. There can only be so many big egos in the room at once, in college he's king. In the NFL maybe not so much.
I still think he can keep Ohio going at a high level and it will bring M's game up that much more if he should stay.
Brian Kelley's going to launch himself into low orbit one of these days, despite Rees graduating. So coaching the Fig Things should open up fairly soon.
Believe it when it happens!
He is off camera talking to the guy in glasses.
Bleacher Report (yeah, I know) says someone is trolling Texas:
One prankster cashed in on Longhorns fans' enthusiasm by paging Saban at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Multiple Twitter users noticed the trolling page on the intercom asking Saban to meet his car at the curb.
I wish one way or the other they would settle this. I am sick of the uncertainty.
It sounds like he is definitely leaving from reports out there. The problem I have, how is he going to recruits homes and telling them to come to Texas? I may be wrong, but am very doubtful that he is telling the recruit visited today and subsequently the past few days, that he is leaving Texas. I guess it just really bothers me that these coaches can look at these kids to the face and not be truthful. I can't imagine being a football recruit, having Mack Brown come to see me today and sell the Texas program, and then resign a week later.
We should update this to "perhaps happening." Gone by the end of the week, reportedly.
So Mack Brown wins a couple Big XII titles, makes two national championships (deserved to be there in 2009 over Oklahoma) won one and possibly would have won if McCoy didn't get hurt, and that is not enough and recruits at a high level. Sounds a little like Lloyd Carr to me.
The Ft. Worth Telegram stated Saban to be the coach.
If so, what are the chances of poaching Hand?
Rumour is Saban will be paid $10mill a year with a 1% stake in the Longhorn Network.
ESPN has the biggest boner right now.
I think Nick Saban's financial advisor has the biggest boner right now, especially if he gets a percentage.
Do you think if Saban leaves bama fans would tear down his statue? Because that would be hilarious to watch.
He wouldn't have the academic restrictions he has at ND and he would be able to recruit real speed for his offensive style. Not saying he would be the best coach, but to poach the ND coach to Texas would be a fine feather in the 10 gallon hats of Texas.
Of course, if not Kelly, why Jabba? He would have a decided schematic advantage at Texas and could finally recruit the athletes to the level he needs to be successful.. After all he won Super Bowls.
Personally, I don't see Saban leaving. He is the KIng of Tuscaloosa and he can right his own ticket there. The only advantage would be much less competition to an undefeated season if he went to Texas. With WVa, Kansas and TCU in the conference, the Big XII would be much easier than the SEC with LSU, Auburn and whoever else rises up.
His ego is the biggest reason. Can he turn down the chance to coach in one of the most talent rich states for an unbelievable NC with three schools?
The successor will probably not be Saban(my thoughts). Don't know who, but I bet it's someone a little younger and someone who has been building a resume working up through the ranks of head coaches.
Please don't be Todd Graham. Please don't be Todd Graham.