I can't deny my past history as a MB apologist, but if the OU debacle in 2012 wasn't enough, getting ass stomped for 550 rushing YDS by BYU, 250+ from a white quarterback in a knee brace, made it abundantly clear that the Mack Brown haters were 100% right. His time was up in 2010. A new era is here, and we are all speculating on who the next savior of Forty Acres football will be. There have been so many intriguing candidates, that I am not sure when thinking from a pure football perspective, who I would like to be our next coach. Saban, Mahlzahn, Shaw, Patterson, Gundy all present fascinating potential, but the most unconventional and inspiring candidate that I have heard mentioned is Jim Harbaugh.
The one thing I haven't seen discussed yet though is the impact our next coach will have on the Longhorn Network. Let's be honest, the LHN is the only reason that a $12M contract for Saban is not laughable. As a Longhorn fan not living in Texas, the LHN is really starting to piss me off. I want to watch my team play football EVERY game, and I am currently relegated to watching some crapy pirated internet feed or listening on satellite radio for a minimum of three games a year. This is not what I signed up for.
I hate to think of my beloved Longhorns as the high dollar, moneybags, New York Yankees of college football, but you've got to play the cards you are delt. For this very reason I think that Saban is FAR AND AWAY the best choice for our new coach. Not only does he bring to bear an exciting level of discipline, drive, and team commitment that we haven't seen( not to mention four national championships) to the next head coach discussion, but he also brings his own entire independent brand to the LHN equation. How can DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, and all other major national TV distributors continue to deny access for our beloved LH fans when Saban, a national Icon unto himself, walks the sidelines at DKR?
Personally, I say bring Saban to the forty acres, break the backs of the LHN holdouts, and offer him the opportunity to make $12M a year and become the face that legitimized ESPNs investment and forever change the face of CFB. What other coach could possibly demand his own viewership?
The real question is if Saban wants to be THE man that legitimized the LHN. Personally, I think this is the play that could actually get him to Texas. What egomaniac wouldn't jump at the chance?
What does everyone think? Would the idea of becoming the man that forever changed the CFB landscape intrigue Saban? Would his presence on the sidelines of DKR break the barriers for national broadcast of the LHN? Does Bellmont recognize the importance of the next coach in relation to the LHN?
Shout out and let me know what you think....