Posted December 23, 2013

Who should be the next Texas coach? Vote in the third round of’s bracket

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(Click bracket to enlarge.)

(Click bracket to enlarge.)

We’ve reached the Elite Eight. Last week, unveiled a 32-coach, winner-take-all bracket featuring candidates who have been linked — at one point, in some way or another — to the open Texas job. The idea was simple: Instead of having an eight-person committee conduct the Longhorns’ search to replace Mack Brown, the entire Internet would help decide. This, after all, is democracy in action.

Third-round voting begins now and will end on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at noon ET. The complete results from the second round are listed beneath the latest poll matchups. First-round results can be located here.

Which of the remaining eight coaches is the people’s choice (and the entirely hypothetical Texas headman of the future)? Vote below.

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


Ain’t Played Nobody Division

Bevo Over Everything Division

West Is Best Except For Texas Division

Second-round results

• No. 5 James Franklin (56.83%) over No. 1 Nick Saban (43.17%)
• No. 3 Jimbo Fisher (53.2%) over No. 2 Gus Malzahn (46.8%)
• No. 1 Charlie Strong (59.08%) over No. 4 Bill O’Brien (40.92%)
• No. 2 Art Briles (64.86%) over No. 3 Kevin Sumlin (35.14%)
• No. 1 Jon Gruden (60.11%) over No. 4 Chip Kelly (39.89%)
• No. 2 Jim Harbaugh (68.52%) over No. 3 Mike Tomlin (31.48%)
• No. 1 David Shaw (66.61%) over No. 5 Pat Fitzgerald (33.39%)
• No. 3 Mike Gundy (53.08%) over No. 2 Jim Mora (46.92%)


I think one of the Texas Regents should be the head coach as it's now known that both the football coach and the President of the University itself are puppets for the regents.

Pathetic!  I'm NOT a Bama fan at all (a Big Ten grad and fan) but Saban would NEVER allow all the politics that are in and around the Texas program and university to affect the way he runs his program.

Those in Texas are happier to have politics and all that crap involved with their program so that's the state of things in Austin right now.


Hire Will Muschamp, puhleeeeze!!!


Why not just have a collective McCoy-Shipley coaching coalition so Musberger can have something to get giddy over?  You know, other than McCarron's overrated ladyfriend.


I can tell ya right now, Jimbo Fisher is not going anywhere.  This poll would have better luck adding someone useless like Lee Corso, Lou Holtz, Mike Ditka, Terry Bradshaw to name a few.


@martinrickman I read that as "the Internet is one step closer to being named the Texas head coach" and I vote for that.