The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You–and Your Coaches
We’ve now entered the dead period of college football, between the conference championship games and the start of the bowl season, which is long on talk and short on play. There’s really only two subjects: who’s going to win the bowl games–especially the BCS title, and all the coaching fires and hires. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the only job in the country to be open is the one formerly belonging to Mack Brown in Austin. With at least 100 top candidates to replace him, the endless speculation should get us to at least New Years–if they could wait that long. I don’t even live in Texas and I think I hate the Longhorns’ program. No wonder A&M hit the eject button to get away from these megalomaniacs. Having Alabama as an in-state rival is one thing, but the Tide never thought they could virtually form their own conference by themselves–like Texas did by forming The Longhorn Network a few years ago. Yee haw.
Texas thinks their program is the only one in a state full of Texas-size egos that has enough FBS teams itself to support it’s own conference. Look again, Horns. You and Oklahoma are the remnants of a latter-day Big Two, Little Six, reliving the old days of the Big Eight that you once welded onto your old Southwest conference that formed the Big 12 for a brief while–before you ran everybody off. You had to bus West Virginia in to try and get back up to 12 schools. Your ego could barely allow the entry of TCU. It crumbled for a reason–YOU. You ran off Nebraska and Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M.
You may be in the top five in CFB history in wins, but you’ve won one national championship in the last 44 years. Don’t look now but you’re getting ready to get passed in that department by Auburn. Over a 5th of the SEC exceeds or matches your output in the BCS era. No wonder you think you covet our coaches.
Thinking that you had the clout to bring Nick Saban to Austin was big. That was never going to happen. Saban has built a machine in Tuscaloosa. Why would he want to start over? There are ten times the egomaniac boosters there than at the Capstone. Besides, in the SEC, no one will ever question your strength of schedule. You were simply the pawn in a very cruel Jimmy Sexton play. We’ve seen those before. The end result is usually that everybody gets raises and the cost of tickets go up. Besides, we at Auburn don’t need you to steal Saban to return to glory. We’re having some pretty good success ourselves on his watch.
Now you might be thinking that you want Gus Malzahn. This is the second time in three weeks that I’m having to address the subject. Gus got his raise already. Not because of you but because of merit. For good measure, it’s rumored that you may also want Jimbo Fisher. Luckily for us and them, waiting until January 7th to announce your new hire simply is not a viable option because of recruiting. It would leave barely a month before national signing day and right now the rest of the Lone Star state is trying to poach your commitments–especially that team that plays in the SEC.
I’ll give Texas one thing. Their coaches enjoy almost unparalleled stability. Mack Brown was there for 16 seasons, the second longest tenure behind Darrell Royal. It is a good program and they have great tradition. But not being in the SEC, they’re going to find it hard winning natties in the coming decades. The key to doing that isn’t our individual coaches. It’s the conference itself. We have cohesion. No single team is greater than the sum. Unlike you, we don’t lose programs, we gain them. The SEC has it’s big fish, but we play in an even bigger big pond. Go fish for a coach somewhere else.