Mack Brown is complaining about the Longhorn Network. Whether the SEC now accepts him as its 15th team or Texas fires him, this is one more sign that Mack Brown will soon have far less to do with the Longhorn Network.
He has legitimate private concerns. He has to devote at least six of his weekly hours to the network, in addition to his many other non-coaching duties, and opponents get a look at non-strategic portions of his practices.
But make no mistake: this is a show of, at worst, weakness and fear, or at best frustration. These are natural responses to Brown's predicament (11-14 in his last 25 games against BCS opponents, only three of whom are even arguably on Texas' level), but no CEO should have a quarrel with the most unique of his megacorporation's wide suite of advantages, especially not publicly.
So let's say Mack Brown is gone. Where do we go from here?
Welding together Southeastern defense with Northwestern offense is one recommendation, and one Brown has tried, with incomplete results. Bryan Harsin, from Boise State, has returned the Horns offense to the country's upper fourth, while Manny Diaz's side has allowed 460 or more (sometimes WAY more) yards in five straight Big 12 games. So there's that, but there's shockingly little in there on what kind of television personality Texas needs to look for.
The Horns will need a coach who can put up with the Longhorn Network's unique demands. So they'll need a coach who really likes doing TV. Many fit this description.
Lee Corso, Rick Neuheisel, Houston Nutt, Dan Hawkins, Bob Davie, Lou Holtz and Mike Bellotti are among those who combine television and coaching experience, and any could serve capably as the Longhorn Network's next big star.
But none of those coaches has ever led a Texas program, which is vital for major things like portraying a Southwesterner on the Longhorn Network (other than Davie's stint as Texas A&M's linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. Davie's from Pennsylvania! Disqualified!) and minor things like recruiting.
I say Texas turns to a man who's both really good at talking and has proved himself in the Lone Star state. A man who's already posted a 9-5-2 record in games involving the Longhorns:
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