Mack Brown has officially resigned as the head football coach of the Texas Longhorns after a week’s worth of rumors and speculation, but now that Brown has resigned the public will get a whole new subject to speculate about. Who will be the next head coach at Texas? The head coach of Texas is a job that all coaches at all levels aspire to attain, but only an elite few get the opportunity to coach one of the most storied programs in college football history. Who will emerge from a muddled pack of rumored candidates to fill the coaching vacancy in Austin?
Brown gave the school 16 years and a national championship, but now the Longhorns are looking for a fresh face to lead the program. Texas is looking for a visionary leader and a coach that can handle the recruitment hotbed that is Texas, but the Longhorns also want to make a splash with this hire so it is unclear who Texas is targeting at the moment. Even though many of the rumored candidates already hold prominent positions, it is not will, but which big name coach will the Longhorns land?
Jim Harbaugh is just one of the many rumored candidates for the Texas job, but many people believe he is the best fit for the program. Harbaugh has a proven track record in the college ranks including success at the University of San Diego and the turnaround of the Stanford football program.
Harbaugh is obviously qualified for the job, but can Texas lure him away from the San Francisco 49ers? In just under three seasons in the city by the bay, Harbaugh has led the 49ers to a record of 34-11-1, won two division titles in the process and has also revitalized the careers of Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Everything Harbaugh touches turns to gold, but what is keeping him in San Francisco?
The 49ers have turned into a perennial threat in the NFC under Harbaugh, but San Francisco has not made it to the top of the mountain yet. Harbaugh will almost certainly stay if the 49ers make a deep run in the playoffs, but if San Francisco bows out early in the playoffs Harbaugh may opt for the greener pastures at the University of Texas.
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