Mack Brown's seat at Texas is growing hotter by the second thanks to an embarrassing loss to BYU Saturday night. He fired assistant Manny Diaz after the Longhorns defense allowed 550 rushing yards and now speculation is already beginning on who's going to replace Brown when he is inevitably sacked.
Texas is one of the most lucrative jobs in the country. A huge school with a rich tradition and not to mention barrels full of cash buried in the desert thanks to their ESPN deal and the Longhorn Network. It's a job most coaches would take in a heartbeat... but Sports Illustrated may have jumped the gun in reporting an imminent coaching change.
Monday morning the SI Wire page took a clearly facetious tweet from ESPN's Paul Finebaum and made it into a legitimate news story.
This is the tweet Finebaum sent Saturday night:
Perhaps, it's early to pile on Mack Brown, but a reliable source tells me Nick Saban will be visiting in Texas by as early as this Friday.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 8, 2013
Monday, here's what SI had to say in an article that has already been taken down:
"The Texas Longhorns’ embarrassing defensive performance in a 40-21 loss to Brigham Young Saturday night resulted in head coach Mack Brown firing defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. But the move may be too little, too late for Brown. The Longhorns reportedly will bring college football’s biggest coaching name to Austin for a visit. Paul Finebaum of ESPN Radio tweeted Sunday that a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week."
Granted Finebaum's tweet doesn't read as sarcastic at first glance, but this is when logic is a helpful thing. Saban and Alabama are playing A&M in Texas this weekend.
To believe Nick Saban would sit down with officials from the Longhorns is quite the leap. You're telling me that Nick Saban, the week his #1 Crimson Tide are playing #6 Texas A&M, is going to talk to Texas about their head coaching job? The same guy who was angry because winning a national championship took away his recruiting time is going to sacrifice game prep to interview for a job that isn't even open?
Who knew The Onion was doing work for SI.com now?
Finebaum didn't mislead anyone. Nick _will be in Texas.This is another example of poor journalism from misspellings (many), to bad grammar, and in this instance jumping on something thinking there's a scoop to be had.
The only person 'scooped' is Tim Polzer, the SI journalist who wrote the article.
I think Finebaum would have brought _major attention to this if Saban was actually going to UT for an interview.
Apparently Polzer didn't realize Nick is right where he wants to be. Who would leave Alabama for Texas anyway ?
KInd of ironic that the link to that SI post now says "Whoops, This Page Was Not Found". Whoops is right SI.
"Reportedly." No it was on twitter.
a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week.
No. It just said he will be visiting the state on Friday.
@michael10sley Any coach in their right mind..... Money is good, history, facilities, and traditions is second to none.....