In my opinion, the UT AThletic department has utterly botched the firing of Mack Brown and the search for a new football coach.
First, they spent waaaay too much time talking about and spreading rumors about the hiring of Nick Saban… who was probably NEVER going to leave Alabama (and why WOULD he?), and just used Texas to get more money from the Tide.
Now, they’re twiddling their thumbs waiting for Jimbo Fisher… who ALSO looks like a guy who’s staying put and just using use Texas to get more money from Florida State.
EVERY big name imaginable has been floated, but realistically, all of the coaches who’d actually excite fans and boosters are either staying put (Saban, Fisher, Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer) or staying out of coaching (Jon Gruden).
That doesn’t mean Texas can’t or won’t hire a very good football coach. Problem is, after all that silly Saban and Fisher talk, when the Longhorns inevitably end up hiring a James Franklin, a Jim Mora Jr., a Dabo Swinney or a Charlie Strong (good, solid candidates all), fans are going to be underwhelmed at best and FURIOUS at worst.
Fans, reporters and boosters alike have been led to believe that the new coach will be a grand slam, a big name. What they’re going to GET is merely a good football coach. And that coach will be on VERY thin ice from day one.