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

Steve Patterson, Bill Powers and the rest of 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 our fair state.

The Cowboys in the state will want to know who they're going to have to deal with in trying to maintain the momentum that they've built, and the Sooners in the state will want to know, well, do we really need to spell it out? No other fan base is more wrapped up in their rival.

The upside-down hand signal? The stickers and tags upside down on cars? Everything about the Horns interests the Sooners.

But here's the deal: there are some coaches that if hired by Texas could make things really interesting north of the Red River.

Nick Saban tops that list, of course. Imagine Bob Stoops and Oklahoma going toe to toe with oil' Nicky in the Cotton Bowl every October. Or Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State trying to push that winning streak in Austin to four with the coach who has currently won three of the last four national titles standing on the other sideline.

Luckily for the Sooners and Cowboys, it looks like Saban is staying at Alabama, though I would still like to see some evidence that he has actually signed the paperwork on that extension and raise to $7 million a year. Sworn witness. Instagram photo. Even then, this is the same guy who said, “I'm not going to be the Alabama coach”, then left the Miami Dolphins about five minutes later to become the Alabama coach.

So, when Saban says, “I never considered going to Texas,” forgive me if I don't consider his word to be the gospel truth.

Forgive me, too, if I refuse to believe that Texas won't check one last time to see if Saban isn't interested in making in a couple more million a year, planting himself in the most fertile recruiting ground in the country and coaching in a conference where it's way easier to go undefeated and assure yourself a spot in the national-title chase than the league he's currently in.

But barring that from happening, there are still plenty of coaches that would be loads of fun to see in burnt orange.

* Les Miles: The LSU coach is heartily hated by Sooner fans. While he was at OSU, he refused to call their team by name and spouted off one too many times for their liking. Beating OU a couple times didn't endear Miles to the Sooner Nation either.

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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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