Oct 5, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher before the start of the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Jimbo Fisher and Art Briles at 'forefront' of Texas Longhorns coaching search

It’s been 13 days since Mack Brown resigned after 16 largely successful seasons in Austin as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns and there has been no shortage of candidates mentioned as potential successors to the most valuable football program in the nation, according to Forbes.

Art Briles

Mack Brown and Art Briles at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

However, two candidates have managed their way to the front of the line according to Bobby Burton of Horns247:

“Two coaches remain at the forefront of the race. They are Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Baylor’s Art Briles. Neither coach has said much publicly about the Texas position because both are preparing for BCS games. Briles leads Baylor into its first-ever BCS contest in the Fiesta Bowl while Fisher readies for the national championship game, which is almost two full weeks away.”

As Burton mentions, both coaches are preparing their respective teams for BCS bowls–something Texas hopes to return to in 2014–so don’t expect any movement on this matter until after Baylor plays on New Year’s Day in the Fiesta Bowl and Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles finish their game vs. the Auburn Tigers in the BCS Championship Game.

Each of these two candidates recently signed extensions to remain with their university, but would that preclude from either from interviewing for the job?

Stay tuned as the coaching search is going to heat up after bowl season wraps up.

Patrick’s the managing editor for Death Valley Voice and news desk staffer for FanSided.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt, @DeathValleyFS. Like his Facebook page and add him to your Google network.

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