Identifying the top coaching talent around the country may not be the biggest problem for Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong in several days when he embarks in earnest upon the task of finding a new offensive coordinator and likely several other offensive assistants.
No, the biggest problem for Strong may be his lack of long-term job security. Sure, he has a guaranteed contract that runs for three more years after the 2015 season completes and currently boasts the support of president Greg Fenves and interim athletic director Mike Perrin.
But Perrin is unlikely to remain in that position past the expiration of his contract next August and it's no secret that 2016 could be Strong's last year in Austin if the program doesn't show significant improvement after suffering through two losing seasons and numerous blowouts.
Here's the bottom line -- coordinators and position coaches may not be willing to take the risk that would come with accepting a job at Texas because going down with Strong could have a negative impact on their respective career trajectories from which it might take some time to recover no matter how well they perform their duties in Austin.
The situation is not without precedent in recent Longhorns history, as former head coach Mack Brown faced the difficult decision of whether to retain defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after his unit's disastrous performance in 2012. A source told Burnt Orange Nation some time ago that Brown opted to keep Diaz because the feelers that he sent around to prospective defensive coordinator targets were not met with a positive reception.
At the time, Brown was radioactive because everyone around college football knew that he was down to one last opportunity to get things right. So Brown settled for the addition of former Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson as a football analyst/insurance policy and kept Diaz because he didn't really have any other viable options.
When Diaz and his defense collapsed in dramatic fashion against BYU in the second game of 2013, Diaz was out and Robinson was in. Months later, Brown was out, too.
Now Strong is in a similar position and although there's little question that he will make changes, regardless of other considerations, he may not be able to land the assistants he wants and needs because his future at Texas may not extend beyond the 2016 calendar year.