I knew there was a chance that this would happen. You knew that there was a chance that this would happen. But we both didn’t expect it to happen. Maybe we were just naïve. But somehow, some way, the “source” that says Texas may ask Mack Brown to retire at the end of the season has just appeared out of nowhere.
Prepare to take sides, Texas fans.
A Texas source said over the weekend that UT might encourage Mack Brown to retire, that the ‘Horns might be ready to commence with the Muschamp era. Not because of any dissatisfaction of Brown, but because of a belief in Muschamp. That’s the extent of Texas’ devotion to Muschamp, who is in his third year as the UT defensive coordinator and has been designated Brown’s successor.
If you’re having trouble picking sides, here’s NewOk’s Berry Tramel to give you a hand with the facts.
I think that’s silly, of course. Muschamp seems like an excellent head coaching candidate and obviously is a superb coordinator. But Brown has restored Texas football to the status it hasn’t reached since the 1960s. And it’s not like UT is staggering; the Longhorns played for the national championship this calendar year and had Alabama on its heels in the second half despite the ‘Horns’ early-game loss of quarterback Colt McCoy.
But it would make perfect sense for Muschamp to go to Georgia job, which is a great job and a great fit for Muschamp. Muschamp, 39, grew up in Rome, Ga., and was a walkon safety at Georgia before entering coaching. Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn, so his SEC roots run deep.
Muschamp could be a candidate at LSU, too, if the Tigers cut loose Les Miles. But as much as Miles exasperates LSU, he’s winning too much to consider a change. The Bengals are 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the SEC, despite a series of close calls.
So let’s take inventory of what we have here:
- Loyalty to a coach that has put a program on top of the world.
- Hot shot coordinator who could be offered a job at another school.
- Passionate fan base who won’t accept mediocrity.
Yeah, this all sounds eerily familiar and may not end well.