A potential knock against Gundy, however? He’s just 1-8 against Oklahoma as the Cowboys’ head coach.
Gundy spoke fondly of Brown Thursday, noting that they’ve coached against each other since Brown was at North Carolina and Gundy was an assistant at Maryland. He lauded Brown’s people skills, along with the way he publicly managed the Longhorns’ decline since playing for the national championship following the 2009 season.
“He’s one of the really good guys in our profession,” Gundy said. “I told him several times over the last few years I have a lot of respect for the way he’s handled what in my opinion would not always be an easy situation. Very professional.
“When you go to conference meetings, different areas where as head coaches we’re all together, there’s certain guys you sit with and feel comfortable … Mack and I have always had that relationship.”
Several other prominent coaches have been linked to the Texas opening.
The two coaches preparing for the BCS championship game in Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Others from the college ranks like Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, Stanford’s David Shaw, UCLA’s Jim Mora, Baylor’s Art Briles and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.
Even NFL names like Jim Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, Chip Kelly and Pete Carroll have been tossed out.
Texas announced Monday that it has assembled an eight-person search committee to help new athletic director Steve Patterson hire Brown’s replacement.
Will Gundy be on the Longhorns’ wish list? Stay tuned.
Because speculation will likely continue, unless Gundy publicly shoots it down. And the Cowboy coach recgonizes that.
“It’s the same as I would say a year ago,” Gundy said, “that when your team wins and you have success and you have been (successful) for a number of years, then that is probably going to be that way.