Who will the 'Horns hook to replace Mack Brown?

The power brokers at Texas are on the prowl for their next football coach. No matter who they snag, it will be of interest in Oklahoma. But some would make things really interesting — Nick Saban or Les Miles, anyone?
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 15, 2013

The thing about Miles is that he's loathed by plenty of Cowboy fans, too. Feelings are still hurt after he bolted Stillwater for Baton Rouge.

Just imagine Miles with that Longhorn on his high hat.

*Mike Gundy: The OSU coach played footsie with just about everyone who had a job opening last season. It doesn't seem crazy to think that his agent Jimmy Sexton has already placed a call to Austin.

Seeing him in Texas orange would make the blood of OSU fans boil. If a good number of Cowboy fans were mad about Miles leaving, it's hard to fathom how they'd feel about seeing the former Cowboy quarterback coaching the Horns.

And for OU fans, Gundy would go from rival 1B to rival 1A.

Oh, the drama.

*Art Briles: Clearly, the man can recruit and coach with the best of him. What he's done at Baylor has been remarkable.

Wonder what he'd be capable of doing with Texas' resources.

Yes, Briles is another coach who has recently done an extension with his current school, but Texas' coffers are deep enough that a massive buyout wouldn't scare it off if they really, truly wanted someone.

*Jon Gruden: Chucky vs. Stoops. Enough said.

*Gus Malzahn: Flat out, the guy knows how to coach. He's been successful everywhere he's gone, and that includes Auburn. Last season under Gene Chizik, the Tigers won three games. This season with largely the same players under Malzahn, they are playing for a national title.

Chances are, none of those guys will be the next coach at Texas. It's more likely that Patterson, Powers and Co. will give the job to someone like David Shaw, who's been extremely successful at Stanford, or Jim Mora, who's turned around UCLA in addition to having NFL coaching on his resume.

We'll be interested regardless.

But hire someone like Miles or Gruden, and you will absolutely hook us, Horns.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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MACK BROWN BY THE NUMBERS

16: Seasons at Texas.

9: Consecutive 10-win seasons from 2001-09.

8: Big 12 titles for Oklahoma under Bob Stoops.

2: Big 12 titles for Texas under Brown.

2: Appearances in the national championship game.

1: National title (2005)

.771: Winning percentage at Texas (158-47).

.600: Winning percentage the past four seasons (30-20).

.748: Winning percentage against Big 12 foes (98-33)

.438: Winning percentage against OU (7-9).

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