It’s been highly speculated since the beginning of the season that 2 or 3 of the biggest jobs out there could be opening at Texas, USC, potentially Nebraska and Florida. If any combo of those jobs end up open the dominos could fall throughout the the college football landscape.
USC has already fired Kiffen and replaced him with Washington’s Steve Sarkisian which to me seems like a highly underwhelming hire when you think of yourself as one of the top programs in the land. Sark is a safe hire but if you are USC, you don’t need safe.
Washington had to replace Sarkisian who went to USC and absolutely got the better end of that deal when they picked up Chris Peterson from Boise St. Over the years Peterson could have had his pick of jobs around the country but always chose to stay at Boise St which makes the move to UW a little curious.
Texas has rumors swirling around Twitter that Mack Brown will be stepping down on Friday but more interestingly are the rumors that Nick Saban is interested in the Texas job. The question is whether Saban, who seemingly uses every big job opening as a chance to milk Bama for money, is doing that again or would he actually leave for what many consider the best job in the country. Texas has better recruiting, better alumni, more money and in a much better city.
Other options who would be a good fit at Texas would be TCU’s Gary Paterson, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Stanford’s David Shaw. I’ve heard Bob Stoops’ name and Mike Gundy, but don’t think either of those guys would leave OU and OSU. If Larry Fedora would have had a better year at UNC, I could see his name being tossed around there, he’s a guy with Texas roots who would jump at the chance to get back to the Lone Star State.
Florida has held off firing Muschamp by using offensive coordinator Brent Pease as a scapegoat and sending him packing. Muschamp has too much talent on his Florida team to suck as bad as tehy did this year. Muschamp has one more year and he better win.
Wake Forest made a solid hire by snatching another MAC coach in Bowling Green’s Dave Clawson. Clawson who has a history of turning around bad programs has his work cut out for him at Wake which has the potential to be a career killer. Grobe probably should have left after the 2006 championship season but instead stuck around too long and was never able to repeat the magic. Clawson won’t make the same mistake if he’s able to win at Wake.
It doesn’t look like Nebraska is going to fire Bo Pelini or they would have done it by now, so it is up to Texas to set the coaching dominos falling.
If you were Saban would you take the Texas job?