Since Mack Brown resigned at Texas, around the same time that Nick Saban helped make Jimmy Sexton’s bank account all the more richer, the buzz around who Brown’s replacement at Texas settled partially on the SEC.
Two logical candidates are James Franklin and Kirby Smart, but there’s a third SEC target that could have some intrigue, if Texas opts to go this route – Mark Richt.
When you think about it, Mark Richt and Texas could actually be a nice fit.
If Richt wanted a fresh start, Texas would be a nice place. You swap the likes of Bama and South Carolina for Baylor and Oklahoma State. When you play teams like that each year, it is easier to make it through conference play as a ‘pretty good’ team than having to be a ‘great’ team in the SEC.
Much like Georgia, Texas is a very fertile recruiting ground. Richt made an early intent at Georgia when he sought to ‘close the borders.’ Texas needs to do the same after some very bad looking recruiting misses – RG3, Manziel, Winston…
When you think about, it may not be a bad fit after all, and there would be a segment of Georgia fans willing to back a grassroots campaign to get Texas to hire Richt.
All of this, of course, would hinge on Richt deciding to leave Athens. And as we all know, it’s hard to dislike Athens, let alone want to leave on your own accord.