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Berry Tramel answers the Top 10 questions about the Texas football coaching search

Is OSU's Mike Gundy or OU's Bob Stoops a candidate? Is Alabama's Nick Saban still in the mix?
by Berry Tramel Published: December 23, 2013


photo - Baylor head coach Art Briles, left, visits with Texas head coach Mack Brown before an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Waco, Texas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Baylor head coach Art Briles, left, visits with Texas head coach Mack Brown before an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Briles. He's not an Austin type of guy, but he's a Texan through and through. It's the University of Texas, not the University of Austin.

6. Who will Texas hire?

I've been saying James Franklin. Win 8-9 games at Vanderbilt more than once, and you ought to be able to win big at Texas.

7. Where has Texas historically gone when hiring a football coach?

Almost exclusively, UT has hired a head coach from a program a notch or three below the ‘Horns.

Mack from North Carolina. John Mackovic from Illinois. David McWilliams from Texas Tech. Fred Akers from Wyoming. Darrell Royal from Washington, before the Huskies were nationally prominent. Not since promoting Ed Price in 1951 has Texas hired an assistant coach to be the head man.

8. What kind of team will the new coach inherit?

Not bad, especially if David Ash is healthy and gives Texas an experienced quarterback. The ‘Horns lose eight senior starters. But OSU, Baylor and Kansas State all suffer much heavier losses.

OU will be the Big 12 favorite in the 2014 preseason, but no reason why Texas won't be picked second.

Let the expectations begin.

9. What kind of schedule will the new coach face?

Tough. UT's non-conference slate is North Texas and Brigham Young in Austin, plus UCLA in Arlington.

The Longhorns play at Lawrence, Manhattan, Lubbock and Stillwater. Going 3-1 in those road games won't be easy. Plus the Sooners in Dallas. It won't be easy to reach 10 wins.

10. So who's making the decision for Texas?

Uh, good question. Who knows, with a new athletic director, a just-redeemed president, a just-formed search committee, renegade regents who talked with Saban's agent last January and billionaire boosters like attorney Joe Jamail, for whom the Royal-Memorial Stadium field is named?

I know who's not. DeLoss Dodds. It's possible that Texas already is missing its 30-year AD.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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