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Texas coaching vacancy looms as
major shakeup for college football

Associated Press, by Ralph D. Russo

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Posted By:Emerson, 1/3/2014 4:13:52 PM

PASADENA, Calif. — A Texas-sized cloud of uncertainty looms over college football’s biggest game of the season. As No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn prepare in Southern California to meet Monday in the last BCS championship game, the University of Texas is still looking for a new football coach. And until the Longhorns make a hire, just about every successful coach can be considered a candidate — including Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. “I’ve been amazed about how quiet this thing has been,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said earlier this week. “Because of that it

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Helbstreit is not exactly a great mind, but the resignation of Mack Brown - precipitated by a lot of nasty internet harping fed by Nick Saban´s agent (which resulted in Alabama´s giving Saban a whopping $7+million contract renewal) - has left a gigantic hole in college football. But the notion that none of those likely candidates would leave for Texas is absurd. Mack Brown was making over $5million/year. Texas could easily buy them out of their somewhat smaller contracts.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/3/2014 4:30:26 PM     (No. 9678504)

I wouldn´t go so far as to say the issue "looms" over anything to those outside of Texas. Interesting that ESPN and the other networks always has to take a side story and make it bigger than the real story. National Championship Game vs. the Texas coaching vacancy; Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Johnny Punk turning pro; any game on any given weekend vs. the Heisman Trophy watch.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/3/2014 4:32:33 PM     (No. 9678505)

Why not go to Texas, great recruting area and a lot of money.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 1/3/2014 4:39:08 PM     (No. 9678512)

The idea that an SEC coach playing for the national championship could be persuaded to Texas is laughable.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lillehuset, 1/3/2014 5:27:46 PM     (No. 9678540)

Before Coach Saban goes anyplace he needs to wash the awful orange die out of his hair..........

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 1/3/2014 5:31:18 PM     (No. 9678544)

Me thinks the author doesn´t really know what a major shakeup is.

Yes, Texas is a plum job. But the Big 12 ain´t what it used to be... Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, A&M, are all gone. More would have been gone if it wasn´t for the bribes from Austin and the new Big 12 network.

Is it a desirable job? Sure. Is it in the top 10? I´m not so sure.





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Reply 6 - Posted by: nimby, 1/3/2014 5:49:52 PM     (No. 9678556)

Is Ralph Russo an idiot? Jimbo Fisher and FSU have already agreed upon a contract extension until 2019. What old cr@p is Russo pedaling?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/3/2014 6:20:03 PM     (No. 9678582)

Read the list of possibles and what they are being paid under even their new contracts.

Texas has the $$$$$ to buy out the contract of anyone who is interested in say, a half a million per year, and never flinch.

To think that loyalty is the prime factor in college sports is naive to the max.

$$$$$$

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Emerson, 1/3/2014 6:27:20 PM     (No. 9678591)

Fisher´s new four year contract: $4.1 million annually.

Auburn´s coach has a new six year deal: $3.85 million annually.

Dantonio´s new deal is said to double his present $1.92 annual compensation.

Arizona´s AD Byrne:

“When you get down into the details the interesting numbers are what’s guaranteed, both sides. If the coach were to leave, what’s the buyout? And then if you were to dismiss your coach without cause what percent of the contract is guaranteed?” Byrne said. “Sometime you’ll see someone with an eight-year contract, but half the contract is guaranteed, so in some ways it’s a four-year contract instead.”

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Emerson, 1/3/2014 6:28:55 PM     (No. 9678592)

Correction: Dantonio´s new contract is said to double his $1.92 million annual compensation.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/3/2014 6:35:33 PM     (No. 9678599)

Those skeptics who think that all these star coaches are locked away had better have a look at this article. Reality bites:

Rose Bowl good, but next Texas coach is on everyone´s mind

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2014-01-01/rose-bowl-texas-job-mark-dantonio-david-shaw-jimbo-fisher-gus-malzahn-art-briles

"It´s a business...."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Muncssister, 1/3/2014 9:32:44 PM     (No. 9678809)

Thank you #3. The author has obviously forgotten what it means to coach a national championship winning SEC team. Give me a break. Texas who?

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