NORMAN — When Mack Brown was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 1984, he asked head coach Barry Switzer what he thought the best coaching job in the country was.
“I said, ‘Texas. The University of Texas is the best coaching job in America,’” Switzer remembered Thursday in an interview with The Oklahoman.
Brown, of course, became Texas’ head coach in 1998 and remains on the job today, having led the Longhorns to a national title in 2005 and two Big 12 championships.
He’s come under fire of late after losing two nonconference games early this season. Texas beat Oklahoma, though, last month at the Cotton Bowl and remains unbeaten in Big 12 play.
Asked why he believed Texas was the nation’s best coaching job, Switzer said, “It was. It is. I guarantee you it is. Sixteen-hundred high schools play football. You’re the University of. You can have great facilities. You’ve got more money than anybody. They have the passion.
“I don’t know what’s happened. Mack’s a smart guy. Mack is a good coach. I don’t know about the rest of them. Obviously he went through a bunch of defensive guys.”
Switzer believes Baylor coach Art Briles is the “perfect fit” to replace Brown, should he not return to Austin next season.
After winning four Texas state titles at Stephenville High, Briles built Houston into a successful program, and now has Baylor ranked No. 6 in the BCS Standings.
“I don’t know about the people hiring at Texas,” Switzer said. “They’re kinda blue-bloods down there. Art Briles might be too country for them, but I’m gonna tell ya, he’s the perfect fit for those high-school coaches in Texas.
“Talk about recruiting. He’s one of them. High school coaches would love to help him at Texas. He’d make them like an Alabama.”