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Texas Coaching Rumors: 5 Coaches Who Could Take the Job

By Brian Ethridge - Posted: 12/12/13 07:33PM EST
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Texas Longhorns looking for a new coach. (Photo: Creative Commons / jrandallc)

Although current Texas football coach Mack Brown and the school have denied that he will not be returning next season as the team's head coach, nobody believes it. Brown has struggled the past couple of seasons and seems to be on his way out the door either by his own doing or by the school firing him.

Either way, Texas is one heck of a coaching job and may be the best gig in the country due to the amount of football talent available in the state.

With that said, there would be no reason to part ways with Mack Davis if the school can't get a fit replacement. Here are five coaches we could see take the job and coach the football team next season.

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(Coaches listed in no particular order)

Nick Saban

Nick Saban has already won championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide and has now built a culture in Alabama where the school expects a title nearly every single season. It has become a high pressure job. Throughout his football career Saban has been known as a guy who cannot stay in one place for a very long time. The Texas fan base would not pressure him to win quite as much as Alabama does and he wouldn't have to travel nearly as much for recruiting purposes.

David Shaw

The Stanford head coach has become one of the biggest names that may be available to a big school. He has been a long time assistant and his record as a head coach is 34-6. He may not have a huge name, yet, but he is a proven head coach with the ability to win a lot of games.

Mike Shanahan

It may seem crazy, but why not? Shanahan is likely on his way out as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he is a former two-time Super Bowl champion coach. Maybe he is tired of professional football and feels like giving college football a chance.

Jim Mora Jr.

Since taking over the UCLA Bruins, Mora Jr. has turned the program into a legitimate title contender. He may feel like staying with UCLA to continue to build the program, or he could jump ship to one of the best jobs in all of football. Either way, he is certainly a name worth keeping an eye on.

Lovie Smith

Mack Brown is known for being a great person which is why Texas has had a hard time showing him the door. Lovie Smith is also known as a wonderful person and he is also a pretty dang good football coach. If he is interested in the job, Texas should consider him.

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