According to a tweet from the official Longhorn Network Twitter account a few moments ago, Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown has informed his players that he will resign and will do so following the team’s Alamo Bowl matchup on December 30th against the Oregon Ducks:
Brown reportedly told the team he expects there will be a new coach on board on the Forty Acres within the next 20 days, which would signal this coach would be in place to start the 2014 calendar year. This news being revealed on a Saturday evening is hardly a surprise given the typical news cycles, with weekend evenings being more quiet than those during the week.
In this case, however, things are quite different.
After the bizarre team banquet yesterday which left many scratching their heads, along with the announcement that Nick Saban had accepted an extension offer with the Alabama Crimson Tide, those who follow the program closely were left scratching their heads in bewilderment. Now the questions will turn to whom the University will pursue as Brown’s replacement with Saban officially off the market.
There have been a litany of names discussed in recent weeks, some of whom seemed more reasonable than others. Many of the guys mentioned have Texas ties and would be reasonable given how quickly they could adapt to the pressure that will meet the new head coach as they arrive and the emphasis on maintaining a recruiting edge that will be at the center of focus as spring practice approaches in 2014 and the 2014 season creeps closer.
For now, though, the vocal element of the Texas fan base has been sated. There is change in the air. What the change will bring, no one knows.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.