Just when Aggies everywhere were beginning to think their cries of "it's not the number one job!!" were being heard, a dose of cold reality came out of nowhere to slap them in the face. Apparently, by some metrics, it is indisputable that Texas is the top job in college football. When it comes to money earned and available for use, Texas leads the way. Thanks to our friends at Forbes there can be no denying this beautiful fact.
Apparently Vegas (or off-shore bookies) have odds on who will be the next head coach at Texas. Charlie Strong of Louisville leads the way which prompts the natural question one must ask these odds makers- "What do you know and how long have you known it?" "Tell me!!" A poll released yesterday had slightly different odds however it didn't include Gus Malzahn, making it null and void. This one has Gussy at number four so they are to be trusted.
Before you accuse me of being a Gus Malzahn fan-boy you should know, I am. I will probably keep writing about him until we hire someone else. At least we have one obsessive fan to track his every move right? I believe USC was right to target Sumlin, Texas is right to target Gundy, and also right to target Malzahn. They all have one thing in common and that is a track record of winning at the non-flagship universities in their respective states. Given that Texas hasn't had to deal with NCAA issues, has slightly better recruiting, and makes the most money, it is currently at a clear advantage over USC right now when it comes to attractiveness for potential coaches. This is why pursuing Malzahn makes sense, he has a winning record wherever he goes yet he is at the second best school in his state. With a really crappy contract when you think about it. As DKR once said, "If given the choice you want to coach at a place that is the University of..."
Are we dreaming about coaches we can never get? So says Aggie. But little brother is always jealous aren't they? There is some sort of inferiority complex there that is almost endearing. Almost. I kind of wish we'd go after Sumlin just to steal him but that would be almost Mack Brown, err, Machiavellian like. I kid, I kid, WE LOVE YOU MACK! Just tell us, (did you manage to swing the 2.75 million buyout along with the 500k a year for being assistant to the regional manager?) how are you enjoying your first week after stepping down? Hope it's going well, you deserve it.
Back to our Coachmas List, maybe we aren't shooting too high after all. Either we are a premier job or someone is blowing smoke. Could it be Chuckie? Would he fit that well in to Austin's high life culture? Who knows, someone thinks he is interested.
Counting the old Chuckster as interested, one has to like the list these odds makers have come up with. Outside of Strong, Briles (a leading contender on both recent lists, who knew?), and Franklin, the top 5 rounds out with Malzahn taking number four with seven to one odds and Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly tied for number five with eight to one odds a piece.
Oh yeah someone said we would pay up to 14 million on some site somewhere. Please, just, no.