There has been a lot of rumors swirling that Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban could be the man next in line to replace Texas Longhorns longtime coach Mack Brown. While it appears to be a popular pick, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds shot down any hopes that the Longhorns faithful may have had about acquiring Saban.
“I love stability. I love continuity,” Dodds said in an interview with the Daily Texan. “If you have stability, you have continuity and you’ve got good people. It’s a formula that works. I think we’ve got that. If somebody tells me we need to change, I say, ‘Ok, but who should we hire? [Alabama head coach Nick] Saban? Well, Saban isn’t going to come here.’ ”
It’s doubtful that the Longhorns wouldn’t like Saban. The most likely scenario is that Saban, who hasn’t returned interest from the NFL, has no desire to leave his cozy post in Tuscaloosa for a program like Texas that has disappointed over the recent years.
“Mack does it so much better than everyone I’ve ever seen,” Dodds continued. “Instant gratification. We want it right now. And if it’s not working, we want to blow it up and get instant gratification. In this kind of world, that’s not necessarily the answer.”
Brown was a good head coach in his day, but the game appears to have passed him by and he often times seems lost with how to handle his roster. Just look at his misuse of wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who is an incredibly dynamic playmaker who didn’t receive many opportunities in Texas. Now, he is one of the hottest players in the 2013 NFL Draft class and ready to go pro.
“Following Mack will not be easy. You’re always thinking what you would do if that happens. That’s what we get paid to do. But if we went looking for somebody, I would look for Mack. That’s who I’d want to hire … He would be who I’d want if I had to start all over again,” Dodd finished. “If there’s another Mack Brown out there, that’s who we’d go after.”
It’s nice to show confidence in your head coach, but if the Longhorns really are looking for the next Mack Brown, the head coaching search is going to take quite a while and their fans won’t be happy with the process.