I am still on a high following the Carolina win, and not much to say regarding North Texas. No injuries, let the young players get reps, Huston Mason, defense improvement, blah, blah, blah.
So, my thoughts turn elsewhere in the college football world.
For the second week in a row, the Texas Longhorns have messed up what otherwise would be a great Saturday of picking games.
Last week, Texas was the final team I needed to cover in a 5 team parlay to win $100. BYU then ran all over them.
I thought, surely no way Ole Miss will beat them after that piss poor performance, so I picked the Longhorns to beat Ole Miss in our ESPN College Pick ‘Em group with a confidence of 5 points. That 5 points was the difference between me having a solid week and having to buy Uchee lunch.
I looked over Texas’ remaining schedule, and I don’t think the classless promotion of Greg Robinson is going to do much for Texas going forward. They still have to play the high powered offenses of Oklahoma (put up 118 points last two years), Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and must face new instate rival TCU. Texas has lost to Baylor 3/4 years, and last year gave up 50 points to the Bears in victory.
So…I think that Mack Brown days are numbered in Austin. Especially if the Longhorns not only post a losing season again this year, but are completely embarrassed in the losing efforts. It appears that way. I value consistency and giving established guys like Brown a chance, and look no further than Tennessee as a cautionary tale of what not to do when faced with terminating a long tenured head coach. Look at Mark Richt’s situation at Georgia. Richt was having a bad go at it. He was, correctly, given an opportunity to correct his mistakes. Right call. Unlike Richt, Brown has been given 3, going on 4, years to right the ship in Austin and seems to be taking another step back.
So, let’s put on our hypothetical hats for a moment? This will give you some good tailgate fodder as the season progresses. This is purely idle speculation but that is the fun.
Will Muschamp will be the next Head Coach at the University of Texas. His first hire will be his buddy and nemesis for several years, Mike Bobo.
I had your curiosity, but now I have your attention.
Muschamp was the Texas “coach in waiting” before going to Florida. If there is one program that has better resources and fertile recruiting grounds than Florida, it is Texas. The Longhorns decide to remove Brown from head coach and offer to reassign him to another role within the Athletic Department (karma is a beyotch).
Their boy Will, who they wanted to be the successor all along, has gone off to get his HC experience in a big time program. He has had success, and fields top level defenses. Texas calls and says “Hey Will. Look we wanted you then and we want you now. Here is $5 million per year-Saban money-with a 10 year contract. We are Texas. We have our own network. We have the cash. Come back.”
The difficulty to succeed in the SEC, and after coming off a third consecutive loss to the Bulldogs on the banks of the St. John’s River, herealizes that life in the SEC isn’t fun or easy. The fans in Gainesville won’t be too happy after a disappointing season, so he can leave while the getting is good.
Plus, his two role models in the coaching world-Saban and Tuberville-are proven mercenaries with no loyalty or allegiance to anyone other than themselves. Why wouldn’t he go?
So. Sometime before Christmas, Will Muschamp is in trading in his Gator orange for a slightly less offensive but still ugly Longhorn Burnt Orange. His first phone call will be to his former teammate, Mike Bobo.
Coach Bobo has proven to be one of the best offensive coordinators, recruiters and developers of quarterbacks in the country. He has learned firsthand on running a program and coaching quarterbacks from Mark Richt, and many people not named Bill Shanks will think that is a good thing. He is the longest tenured member of Coach Richt’s staff.
Muschamp will call and say, “Mike. Look, I am going to cut to the chase. You are an awesome offensive coordinator. Although I slowed your ass down in 2012, your units have always been successful against my units, save for when we kicked your sorry asses back in 2003. In 2004, you whipped us. In 2006, you whipped us. In 2007, you whipped us. I know you are good. You know you are good. Coach Richt knows you are good. Frank Beamer thought you were good. Those sorry ass Georgia fans, though, hate you. Come to Austin with me. Together, with my defense and your offense, we can run through the Big 12, win a National Title, and you can go be the Head Coach of the Bulldogs when the Georgia fans finally run Richt off. Here is $1 million per year.”
What is inaccurate about this scenario, aside from the numerous F bombs in Muschamp’s conversation?