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Here's what Mack Brown's next job should be

Former Texas coach was missed at Big 12 Media Days. But he doesn't need to stay out of coaching for long.
by Berry Tramel Modified: July 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm •  Published: July 24, 2014

We missed Mack Brown this week at Big 12 Media Days.

Maybe not as much as we missed Jonathan Kimble, the original Big 12 Mountaineer mascot who has bequeathed the musket to a successor, but still, Mack we missed.

Missed his downhome charm and his personable personality and the way he would talk about his Texas Longhorns in such an easy manner, even if it wasn’t necessarily true. Charlie Strong was a little on the stiff side. Not that that matters. Winning the press conference doesn’t mean much come autumn, and UT was ready for a gridiron change.

But that doesn’t mean Mack was. In fact, some think Brown could want to coach again. If so, I’ve got just the job for him.


The Razorbacks have a coach, of course, and it’s a coach who I think will end up doing well in the Ozarks. Bret Bielema was a big winner at Wisconsin and could do the same with the Hogs. But it’s a dicey fit. A Midwesterner trying to forge his way in the SEC.

That recipe can work. Les Miles. Urban Meyer. But when it goes poorly, it goes poorly fast. The South is clannish. Get in good or get out quick.

Arkansas went 3-9 in its first season under Bielema. If Year 2 doesn’t go any better, who knows what Bielema’s future holds? And wouldn’t Mack fit well in the hills? He speaks their language; he’s a folksy Tennesseean who has coached and coached well all over Arkansas’ neighbors. Texas, North Carolina, Tulane, Oklahoma, Appalachian State, Iowa State.

Maybe a new challenge is what Mack needed. A chance to show orangebloods they were wrong to let him go after 16 years. Mack could recruit Texas, we know that, and we also know that’s what Arkansas needs.

Mack’s recruiting eye dipped in recent years. The Longhorns signed the guys they wanted; they just didn’t want the right guys. So staff would be huge. Mack would need two fabulous coordinators (he had some famous whiffs in that regard at Austin) and a stable of hungry recruiters. Mack is 62 but doesn’t act it. He and Arkansas seem a match made in Hog Heaven.

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by Berry Tramel
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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