Posted December 20, 2013

Who should be the next Texas coach? Cast your vote with SI.com’s bracket

Coach Firin' Season!, Coaches, Coaches Doing Things, Coaching Carousel, Texas Longhorns
(Bracket created by SI.com)

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*Update: Voting for the first round is currently over. For second-round voting, please click here.

Maybe you hadn’t heard — and that’s okay, because it’s the holidays and they’re meant to be a time for families and sharing joy — but the Texas head-coaching job is currently open. After 16 seasons at the helm, Mack Brown officially resigned from his post last weekend to bring an end to the swirling rumors that engulfed most of the 2013 campaign. Now, everyone and their mother has been linked to the job. Nick Saban, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Strong, a host of NFL candidates (including everyone’s favorite target Jon Gruden) and that Watson supercomputer from Jeopardy! are all on the list. Heck, you might be on the list, too. Because the holidays are also a time for making lists and checking them twice.

The Longhorns have assembled an eight-person search committee, but we here at Campus Union have come up with a better process for making a hire. The Texas job is for the people. This is America, after all. And these United States long for a democratic decision. The top 32 candidates who have been linked to the opening are included in SI.com’s winner-take-all bracket. The champion will (hypothetically) become the future Texas coach.

(*Note: This bracket will have absolutely no input on Texas’ actual hiring decision. Well, at least none of which we’re aware.)

Voting for the first-round matchups starts now and will end on Friday, Dec. 20 at noon ET. The bracket will be updated and second-round voting will begin shortly thereafter.

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Ain’t Played Nobody Division

Bevo Over Everything Division

West Is Best Except For Texas Division

101 comments
mall-craller
mall-craller

MIKE LEACH    MIKE LEACH   MIKE LEACH


He knows Texas.  He was head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2009. He knows the recruiting lay of the land, and recruits know him. He knows he difference between a quarterback and defensive back, and won't mess in in trying to recruit the former for the position of the latter. Like Mack Brown allegedly tried to do with Johnny Manziel.


2. Texas knows him. In their hearts, every Longhorn knows he's the right man for the job.

3. He has the attitude. Is there any one in college football who more personifies the renegade spirit of the state of Texas other than Mike Leach? Certainly not Nick Saban, who is so tight-in-the-collar that you couldn't even stick a dime between his neck and his shirt.

4. Pullman, Wash. is no place for Leach. Pullman is the Elba to Leach's Napoleon. It a place coaches go when they need to regroup, not to stay and lay down roots. Pullman knows this and accepts it. 

5. The whole Adam James thing was so last decade. Half of Texas would've shoved Adam James into that electrical shed, even if he really did have a concussion. The other half would like to lock Craig James into that same shed. 

6. Imagine Mike Leach on the Longhorn Network. Imagine the programming possibilities. "Longhorn Weekly with Mike Leach." "Game Plan with Mike Leach." "Cooking for Fat Little Girlfriends." "Mike Leach Talks About Football, Pirates, whatever the Heck He Wants." The possibilities are endless.

Truly, Texas fans, you want, nay, you need Mike Leach to coach Texas. You must do all within your power to make it so. 

mall-craller
mall-craller

Mike Leach the choice for Texas Longhorn Foot ball

Team1Ray
Team1Ray

@ChuckCarltonDMN didn't see Lombardi's name on there he has to at least listen since it's Texas and didnt canseco apply thats two

stevie_sports
stevie_sports

@SInow be sure to write my name in, folks. I will take Texas to the promise land

jarobertson
jarobertson

Texas will realize soon enough not every coach is clamouring to be their coach. When Texas settles for someone they initially never wanted. Texas is not as glamorous as Texas thinks. Saban,...get real.

RobertNeace
RobertNeace

Nobody in Texas wants Saban. People admire what he's done, but Bama fans are like a guy with an average looking gf yet he's always talking about how everybody is jealous of him for having her. Act like you've have a dynasty before (because you have, along with Texas, Nebraska, Notre Dam......)  He's a good coach, but I promise he's not who Texas wants. So please Bama nation, stop annoying the rest of the planet with your unhealthy love for your coach Saban. And some food for thought, remember that nobody is LSU nation likes him at all. In case you forgot, he swore he was not leaving LSU all the way til the moment he stepped on the plane. 

JamesHeneghan
JamesHeneghan

I don't see Jose Canseco's name in that bracket...

theduece02
theduece02

@SInow Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp Muschamp

craigyoung5
craigyoung5

@SInow Franklin as a 5 seed? Has he already said he's not interested?

SouthJack
SouthJack

The best bang for the Buck is MIKE GUNDY, I know not many people are bringing up his name but he's a proven recruiter and winner, he's young & likable and he's exactly what TU needs! 

Aggie81
Aggie81

Another indication that certain sports reporters having nothing better to do than dream up crap in order to fill space on a web site.  Hey, maybe if it catches on, it will be the beginning of another "Fantasy Coaching Position" picks.

Which coach is leaving and/or being hired and how much is his salary ?


JamesLTurley
JamesLTurley

@SInow Funny how Art Briles from the "ain't played nobody division" beat Texas by 20...

SmithJones
SmithJones

Texas is the biggest collection of drama queens this side of ole Urb.

Huskerstildeath
Huskerstildeath

I will say this much, you know, Saban is a very good college football coach. But there is a reason he left the NFL. I see a lot of people call him a genius. He is not, Belichick, Harbaughs, Carroll and others would eat him for lunch if he was still in the NFL.

yogidave108
yogidave108

UT will hire Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech.

Huskerstildeath
Huskerstildeath

I bet you, that whoever Texas hires, the name will be underwhelming. A lot of hype created by the media. It won't any prominent head coach from the NFL.

runninrbl
runninrbl

Todd Graham can't coach at Texas because of the deal ASU has with the new Texas AD. It's amazing people get paid to just throw names out there without doing any research. Fedora or a handful of other names would have been a better choice than someone who can't coach at Texas.

Joel1
Joel1

I don't know what this writer's job pays but it's got to be sweet.


Get up, dribble, drabble. have lunch. write again, "here's what I'm think". back to bed.


What a great gig.

TXN101
TXN101

@mall-craller WRONG! Keep on dreaming. Leach never won a Big XII title and has never even competed for a PAC 12 title. Talk about boring 5 hours of football. That is not Texas football. I was Texas Tech finally let Leach go.

TXN101
TXN101

@mall-craller WRONG! Leach never won a Big XII title and has not even competed for a Pac 10 title.... Talk about boring 5 hour games. That is not Texas football. 

Dick Nuggets
Dick Nuggets

@stevie_sports  Stevie just wants to hump Bevo....... 

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@RobertNeace   Nobody in Texas wanted Saban?  Simply not true.  Some of the regents did for sure as well as many other fans throughout Austin as well as the rest of Texas.


Now, not every Texas fan wanted him to be sure, but it's a big state and many did.

JimBeck
JimBeck

@RobertNeace can you blame him for wanting to leave LSU?  Don't kid yourself.Saban was Texas's #1 choice. He's not leaving Bama,even though some fans from some schools would like for him to.  

TXN101
TXN101

@theduece02 @SInow NO. NO. NO NO. NO. NO. We want a Native Texan.

TXN101
TXN101

@WesAnderson97 @slmandel You are right. Mack Brown was Coach Fran's whipping boy.

drewBbalis
drewBbalis

@Mr_JMU Yeah, seems more like a page-view thing than anything especially because Saban, but that is a nice group of four seeds on there.