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Caulton Tudor

If booted, Mack Brown will have a lot of coaching mileage left

Posted December 11, 2013
Updated December 20, 2013

If Texas dismisses Mack Brown, which seems possible if not probable, there’s little reason to believe his coaching career is over.

At age 62, Brown basically still has the same energy and love for the sport that he brought to North Carolina in 1988.

As much as many Longhorn fans are convinced otherwise, the guy’s not washed up. He went 8-4 (7-2 Big 12), beat Oklahoma with ease and started 14 non-seniors in most of the games.

But it’s obvious that last week’s 30-10 loss at Baylor put Brown in a corner. Sixteen seasons in Austin, a 158-47 record and a national championship don’t count for much when enough fans want to see a new face and have Nick Saban (age 62) on their holiday wish list.

Brown wants to stay on, of course. All college football coaches want the Texas job, and there’s good reason to believe Saban would make the move.

But if Brown still wants to coach, there are countless programs that could use him sooner more than later. A return to a North Carolina school would be regular coup, but there’s not an opening with Wake Forest’s decision to hire Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson on Tuesday.

The coaching carousel is just beginning to spin, but here are three programs that could use Brown immediately, whether these jobs become open or not.

• Virginia: Mike London, 18-31 overall (8-24 ACC), will get a fifth season to establish something, according to school officials.

But based on the way the program is trending, there’s little reason to predict a sudden about-face. This season’s 2-10 (0-8) record followed a 4-8 (2-6) run in 2012.

Dating back to the height of George Welsh’s winning run in the mid 1990s, Virginia just has not recruited all that successfully in the talent-rich state. London was expected to correct that problem, but his inability to sign and keep skill-position players has turned out to be a liability rather than an asset.

Brown can recruit. He could recruit at Tulane and at Carolina before he landed at a talent-magnet school.

Tennessee: Butch Jones went 5-7 (2-6 SEC) in his first season and there’s no way to envision the school making a change so soon after luring him away from Cincinnati.

But like Virginia, the Vols aren’t going to make a big, fast rebound until someone can round up the sort of talent Phillip Fulmer and Johnny Majors brought in during during the 20 or seasons between the mid ‘80s and mid ‘00s.

Brown, from Cookeville, Tenn., would close off the state borders while still raiding Texas for a handful of players each season. He’d also re-establish recruiting pop in North Carolina. The Vols currently show four N.C. prep products on their roster, but that total has exceeded a dozen several times in years past.

Memphis: The Tigers are a mini version of UT, but the school is located in a big market and has fallen far short of its football ceiling for years.

Justin Fuente has gone 4-8 and 3-9 in his first two seasons, and the 1-7 record in this season’s AAC race hardly increased fan interest.

Brown would sell tickets and enhance the program visibility tenfold. Plus with Louisville moving out of the AAC for the ACC, there’s not a clear-cut AAC mountain-king in the foreseeable future.

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  • Old Well Drinks Dec 14, 9:19 a.m.

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    ...... yea, ole' Mack is a good used car salesman, he'll find a home somewhere.

  • dave437 Dec 12, 1:39 p.m.

    Memphis? what?

  • lewiskr45 Dec 12, 9:32 a.m.

    Mack is not going anywhere unless Texas can put Saban under contract on the dotted line.

    If you... View More

    — Posted by just brian

    Developing recruits was the same problem at FSU during the last few years Bowden was there, top 10 classes but 7-6 seasons.

    And there are only a few coaches that would turn down the chance to coach at Texas. Getting rid of Brown is the best option, he has shown a lack of hiring good assistants. Sometimes you just need to completely start over.

  • lewiskr45 Dec 12, 9:29 a.m.

    Have you looked at or listened to Mack Brown lately? He seems like a very tired man to me. He... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    East Tenn discontinued their football program in 2003. It was reinstated and will begin again... View More

    — Posted by mrwufabc

    Phillip Flumer has been working with ETSU on the administrative side to help set up the football program. Interestingly enough, Carl Torbush is the new HC at ETSU.

  • mrwufabc Dec 12, 3:49 a.m.

    Have you looked at or listened to Mack Brown lately? He seems like a very tired man to me. He... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    East Tenn discontinued their football program in 2003. It was reinstated and will begin again in 2015. I can't imagine Brown wants to rebuild a program that doesn't have a football stadium to play in.

  • bigfella Dec 11, 9:35 p.m.

    Do not see him getting another job. Other than riding Vince Young's coat tail to a BCS title, he has done nothing. Did nothing at Carolina - yeah he won a bunch of games, but beat no one who was any good, and got out of town the first chance he could. Retire and enjoy it.

  • Ken D. Dec 11, 7:51 p.m.

    Have you looked at or listened to Mack Brown lately? He seems like a very tired man to me. He surely doesn't need the money to live a very comfortable retirement. If he just still wants the fun of being around football, maybe he could coach a team where there is little or no pressure, like a Western Carolina or East Tennessee State.

    But live in another fishbowl? I don 't see it.

  • buster102007 Dec 11, 7:24 p.m.

    Rumor is a 10 year $100 million contract is on the table.

  • buster102007 Dec 11, 7:21 p.m.

    LOL, I can just look at the title of a story on WRAL and without clicking it tell you it is carlton pooter.

  • roberttherugguy Dec 11, 7:03 p.m.

    Not that he would take the job but here it comes anyway: UConn, UConn, UConn!

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