The University of Texas may be searching for a new head football coach in the days ahead if media reports are true that their coach for the past 16 seasons, Mack Brown, is about to step down.
It’s hard to fathom sometimes how a school the size of and with the prestigious sports pedigree of Texas wouldn’t be one of the top jobs, if not the top job, in all of college football. But the primary reason the Longhorn head football post may soon be open for hire is because the Burnt Orange have struggled on the gridiron over the past three to four years.
Despite theri schizophrenic nature on the field remains the top coaching job for player recruitment, which opens up a whole new can of worms about how with all that rich inflow of talent could end up producing such mediocre results. But that’s a subject all its own and something to dive into at another time.
According to the website 247sports.com, Texas is the top coaching job in the land insofar as football recruiting. Ohio State is second, LSU is third, Georgia fourth and USC fifth, all programs that you would expect would be at the top or very near the top of the ladder when it comes to recruiting. The annual rankings every year seem to support that argument.
Four schools out of the SEC – LSU, Georgia, Florida and Alabama - rank in the top 10, based on the 247sports.com analysis. And Texas A&M and Auburn are right there, at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.
Oklahoma is the only other Big 12 school ranked in the top 20. Again, not a complete surprise.
Here is what the 247sports writers had to say about the two Big 12 programs:
1. Texas Longhorns
“The Longhorns have it all – tradition, their own television network (Longhorn Network), facilities, a great location in Austin and the best high school football in the country in their state. The talent level/roster issues at Texas under Mack Brown have been more of a case of mis-evaluations early in the process and player development than anything. Whoever gets this job will not have a problem recruiting, and it likely will stay in-state focused. That being said, this is a program that could go national and land its share with little problem.”
20. Oklahoma Sooners
“Similar to Michigan (ranked just ahead of Oklahoma at No. 15), the Sooners are located in a state with good, not great, talent, and Oklahoma State is located there, too. Also similar to the Wolverines, Oklahoma has a great tradition and can appeal to players across the country. Proximity to the Dallas Metroplex once had OU in a dominant position in that talent-rich metro area, but for the past four or five (recruiting) cycles, the Sooners have spread themselves out a bit and are now factors in California and Florida, as well. The facilities are great there are legions of Sooners fans across the country, so the support is there.”