Monday, September 16, 2013


Opinion: Texas football should turn to …


Two long weeks into Kansas University’s football season, the fan base understandably is frustrated. But it could be worse. You could be a supporter of the Texas Longhorns.

Texas brings heated benches on the road for games in “cold” climates. Even so, the players’ seats aren’t nearly as hot as the one upon which good guy Mack Brown sits.

The Longhorns (1-2) are coming off losses to Brigham Young by 19 points and Ole Miss by 21. Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after the BYU debacle. Now the pencil points at Brown himself.

Assuming Brown and Texas negotiate a buyout at season’s end, one of the most desirable jobs in football will come open, and the speculation already has started as to what direction the Longhorns won’t head.

Baylor’s Art Briles, a former high school coach in Texas, would clean up in recruiting and field as exciting an offense as any in the country. But those familiar with the way orange bloods think insist Texas never would stoop to hire a coach from Baylor, particularly not one as country as Briles. Plus, Texas would run the risk of Briles deciding he likes where he is just fine and rejecting the offer.

There also is the school of thought that Texas wouldn’t hire an assistant coach who never has headed his own program and also wouldn’t touch any coaches from any other in-state rivalries, such as TCU.

Let’s assume all those limiting factors are true. Who, then, would you hire if you were Texas? The premium has to be on coaching ability since the brand sells itself well enough to ensure the next coach can choose from attractive options when doling out scholarships.

For me, only one name makes sense. He has won two national championships. He played for Tom Osborne at Nebraska and spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for Osborne and Frank Solich, including three years as defensive coordinator.

In recent seasons he has been the most successful college football coach in the nation not named Nick Saban. His name: Craig Bohl. His school: North Dakota State. His record since the start of the 2011 season: 30-2, two Football Championship Series national titles, a 4-0 mark, all on the road, against Football Bowl Subdivision Schools.

FCS schools are limited to the equivalent of 63 full scholarships, but they can spread the money among 85 players. FBS schools are limited to 85 full rides and can’t spread them out.

To defeat consistently schools armed with that many more scholarships says a lot. It says Bohl is a terrific judge of talent, coaches up the talent and knows how to handle game days.

I can hear the chorus of naysayers: “Texas would never hire an FCS coach.”

If the Longhorns want to play for national championships they should. Name a better choice.


JakeBarnes 8 years, 9 months ago

Why the cruel joke?

I doubt there are many teams that could play Alabama as close as Texas A&M did, and then have Rice play Texas A&M as good as Rice did. KU isn't as bad a team this year and some critics think. If the wide out or flanker had caught a couple of balls as he should have then the outcome would have favored KU. BTW, I know the old saw about candy and nuts and if and buts. So don't bother.

Sae Thirtysix 8 years, 9 months ago

TKeegan play a little golf yesterday? No time to write a real story?

Briles? Nope.

Why not Chip Kelly, when he fails as a 1st year coach of the DirtyBirds?

machinegun 8 years, 9 months ago

Mack Brown on the hot seat is a strange choice of subject...Texas is the one team we have not beaten during the Big 12 era. K-State has beaten them 5 times in a row going into Saturday's game. A more appropriate topic would be the replacement of Charlie Weis after he runs home to South Bend or gets fired at the end of the season.

Jay Hawkinson 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't think South Bend would take him, nor would we want to go back now.

Jay Hawkinson 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't think South Bend would take him, nor would he want to go back now.

Brandon Pope 8 years, 9 months ago

It is getting fashionable to bash on Weis. Sometimes I wonder if people even think before they post.

Jack Jones 8 years, 9 months ago

What a strange, strange, weird story. I thought this site had been hacked by the Austin Daily Planet. Tom, get it together ~ who, other than a Texas alum living in the LJW viewing world, gives a crap about Mack Brown's deal at Texas? Please, no more of these out-of-body nothings.

kellerman411 8 years, 9 months ago

jackdavid thinks that the future of UT has nothing to do with KU... It must be nice living in a fantasy world.

Jack Jones 8 years, 9 months ago

And perhaps you would be so wise as to enlighten me as to just exactly what your "real world" fantasy looks like? Almost as weird a post as the original article in question.

Jay Hawkinson 8 years, 9 months ago

For a second I thought that's what he was going to say. Former Nebraska player who was an assistant for Tom Osborne...

kellerman411 8 years, 9 months ago

Best part of this story is we all know that Keegan actually believes that the University of Texas would hire an FCS coach...

Hey Keegan, know who they should hire? Will Muschamp. Dumbest thing UT ever did was let him get away.

Brad Avery 8 years, 9 months ago

No.No No. Are you crazy. KU is a one game winner again this season. Bohl is next coach at KU.

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

Bohl will be at Nebraska next year when they fire Bo Pelini after this season.

jhox 8 years, 9 months ago

I don't see NU firing Bo just yet. He has a very young team, and will probably win at least 8 games again this year. They went down that road firing Solich after a pretty good season, and couldn't find a suitable replacement. Nobody wants to coach at a place with expectations that unrealistic.

Rivethead 8 years, 9 months ago

Very young team? His QB has been at school a decade. And QB is the most important position on the field.

jhox 8 years, 9 months ago

I made these comments before the "Bo" stuff exploded on ESPN today. The Bugeaters will be out to get him for sure, now.

Brad Avery 8 years, 9 months ago

I know this is a lot to ask but if KU could figure out how they could find a coach who 1) could recruit a field goal kicker as good as Rice's 2) teach a quarterback to go through his receiver progressions when the first guy is covered. 2a) find a quarterback who knows how to slide from side to side in the pocket 3) teach his receivers how to catch a football 4) teach his team how to tackle 5) teach his receivers how to block the corners on a bubble screen and 6) teach his safeties what to do when an option quarterback shockingly pitches the ball to his tailback, I would be marginally happy (for awhile) even if his name starts with the name of the president's dog and ends with Pelini.

Rivethead 8 years, 9 months ago

We already tried the Bugeater assistant coach route.....his name was Turder Gill. How'd that turn out?

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

Craig Bohl has a track record of success as a head coach unlike Gill. He has regularly beaten more talented teams on the road and regularly beats the teams he is supposed to beat.

Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 9 months ago

Wow. That's about the only response I can muster towards this piece.

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

If Mack Brown gets fired after this season, the Longhorns will make a run at Nick Saban. They are one of two schools that can actually outbid Alabama and Saban has a track record of going to the highest bidder. At 62 now though, Saban leaving Alabama is far from a certainty and UT will probably end up elsewhere. I know Keegan said a first time head coach isn't an option there, but Major Applewhite will be a serious candidate if Saban says no.

Robert Brock 8 years, 9 months ago

Why would Saban do that? He is recruiting great players at Alabama and winning national championships. Why would he leave that? Money? He is well paid at Alabama.

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

Texas and Ohio St. are the two schools that can pay more than Alabama for a head coach and UT's fanbase will be desperate for an immediate turnaround so if Brown is fired and UT does make a run at Sabal, do not shocked if Texas offers Saban $10 million per year. If UT does that, Nick Saban will seriously consider it. This does not mean that Saban will accept the Texas job if this plays out, but don't surprised if Texas fires Brown, they do everything possible to get Saban to come to Austin.

David A. Smith 8 years, 9 months ago

Good points. Tom. I'm just wondering how he survived this long.

Chris1955 8 years, 9 months ago

Major Applewhite will be the next Head Coach at UT. He's going to end up getting the job two years earlier than anticipated. This has been in the cards for years, largely due to Mack Brown screwing him over during his senior year for the under achieving Chris Sims. Mack cost himself and UT a national championship over that decision.

The "Alumni" will demand this course of action. Besides, I dont think Nick Saban would be well received in Austin.

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

UT's stadium is named after a Sooner. If UT does manage to land Nick Saban, they will have no problem cheering for him because Saban with UT's resources could quite possibly rip off 2 or 3 national titles in a 5 year span for the Horns.

jhox 8 years, 9 months ago

Jim Mora, Jr. would top my wish list if I were a Texas fan.

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 9 months ago

Muschamp. The former "head coach-in-waiting" at Texas leaves the Gators for the king's ransom that Texas will pay.

Robert Brock 8 years, 9 months ago

UT fans don't like the idea of Muschamp any more. That time has passed.

kellerman411 8 years, 9 months ago

You must be kidding. Muschamp is an absolute beast. He would run that program the way it's supposed to be ran, with a 9 lb. hammer. Recruiting would be even better (If that's even possible).

Ethan Berger 8 years, 9 months ago

Don't be so sure. While Florida fields very good D, they have yet to field an decent offense. Losing to Louiville last year and Miami this year has made his name cold.

JayhawkLaw12 8 years, 9 months ago

Opinion: LJW should turn to... unknown J-school senior to fill Keegan's position at the paper.

clevelandjayhawker 8 years, 9 months ago

When KU wins a conference game, that coach gets fired. Just the last time it happen was colorado.

Lance Cheney 8 years, 9 months ago

"For me, only one name makes sense. He has won two national championships. He played for Tom Osborne at Nebraska..."

When I first read this, I seriously thought you were going to say Turner Gill. THAT would've been quite the literary turn... But honestly, I was wondering how long it would be before some FCS school went after Craig Bohl.

jhox 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey, I have NU fan friends who think KU did Gill wrong and didn't give him a fair chance. I would love for them to hire him. That would assure the collapse of a good program. However, I do believe their AD would have more good sense than that.

Lance Cheney 8 years, 9 months ago

Well NU might be looking for a new coach here shortly, so here's their chance to hire him if they love him so much.

lama 8 years, 9 months ago

Tomorrow's column will be who replaces Rick Barnes. Nice going, Keegan.

Robert Brock 8 years, 9 months ago

If the UT athletics director hired an FCS coach, he would be tarred and feathered in Austin.

BayPark 8 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if there is an article about KU at Orangebloods.

codyinman 8 years, 9 months ago

It makes sense to discuss events within our conference, the Big 12. Why would they only report on KU? The amount of fair-weather fans and negative nancies on this site is astounding. Why don't you guys just worry about basketball season and let the real football fans enjoy these articles.

Brandon Pope 8 years, 9 months ago

Thank you. The level of entitlement some of these fans display is absurd.

Kyle Sybesma 8 years, 9 months ago

I was saying last night during Monday Night Football that Gruden's name always comes up but if he left for any job his pay would be cut in half. He makes about $7 million now.

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 9 months ago

A UT football article?!?! It's finally happened, Texas now (also) controls the LJW!!!!

prairie_rattler 8 years, 9 months ago

A no-brainer... Mike Leach would dominate at UT.

astrofunk 8 years, 9 months ago

It's a hot topic, and relevant. My best guess is Vandy's James Franklin.

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

Franklin is an untouchable right now at major schools because of the alleged cover up he tried to pull in the rape case at Vandy.

jaymar74 8 years, 9 months ago

I do not care who Texas fires or hires. Rock Chalk.

Mark Lindrud 8 years, 9 months ago

Mark Mangino lol. The fact we are focusing on another schools hiring situation is an example of Keegs being a skillful, thoughtful and most of all irritating writer.

texashawk10 8 years, 9 months ago

If Mayfield is healthy, it wouldn't be surprising to see something about him during the week leading up to the game.

Lefty54 8 years, 9 months ago

The next coach at Nebraska will be Scott Frost. Let the Huskers to a national championship, offensive coordinator at Oregon. Would bring exciting football back to Lincoln.

Randy Bombardier 8 years, 9 months ago

All you critics don't get the connection apparently. There are some K-State websites where Bohl is the guy to get when Snyder retires. I imagine there are links to this story on a number or boards. Maybe Keegan did KU a good turn...or maybe he is floating a name in case Weis never gets us out of the cellar. I doubt that but maybe it is a Freudian slip. Coveting and eyeing other coaches instead of our own while not yet stating this relationship is not going to last. "I was just looking, Dear."

actorman 8 years, 9 months ago

There's no question that a lot of fans are way too impatient (myself admittedly included), but there are some troubling signs, such as:

Seriously strange play-calling (three running plays for Heaps, really? only four touches for Pierson?);

A player with Heaps' experience choosing to throw an overhand bullet on a lateral to a player five yards away; and

An offensive line that got dominated by a much smaller Rice defensive line.

I hope those are all part of the growing pains, but it's hard not to be skeptical.

Kyle Sybesma 8 years, 9 months ago

I'd go after Mark Richt at Georgia. He's not appreciated there. He's always on the hot seat. Maybe he's looking for a change of scenery and what better place to go than to a hot bed of recruiting talent.

William James 8 years, 9 months ago

The posters that don't like this article because Texas Football doesn't apply to the good people here, should consider getting off the farm sometime. I know you think places like Austin, Texas are "too far from here to ever amount to anything", and that Austin is a far away planet, but it's actually quite cool.

Kyle Sybesma 8 years, 9 months ago

This is not the Longhorn network or It's That's why people are upset. It has nothing to do with Austin. As for the farm comment. Texas is the Longhorns. Longhorns = farm/ranch. Put a little thought into your post.

Waylon Cook 8 years, 9 months ago

Not only that the Longhorn breed originated in guess where? Oklahoma. Ironic huh?

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 9 months ago

How about the guy in Minnesota that seems to have a seizure every Saturday!

Joe Giles 8 years, 9 months ago

So much indifference/hate for a subject critical the the future of the B12-2-2+2=10? Change is impending at tu and this change is absolutely relevant to KU sports. Any other position confirms the reality of a Lawrence bubble.

Great article, Tom. Although I do not agree that Bohl will, or, should be the man, the discussion is interesting.

My thoughts, in order .........

1) James Franklin - Vanderbuilt 2) Charlie Straughn - Louisville 3) Will Muschamp - Florida 4) Kirby Smart - Bama (DC)

dhinkansas 8 years, 9 months ago

Why all the hate for the article? KU lost to Rice, so it's not like KU football is that exciting to talk about this week. Texas is in the dumpster and it makes me laugh how the Huskers ran from the Big 12, scared to death of the monster that is Texas.

HighQ 8 years, 9 months ago

Programs as cocky--As Texas deserve to hire--The likes of Lane Kiffin.

kay_you 8 years, 9 months ago

I’m hoping Bohl replaces Pelini, thus keeping him out of Manhattan and possibly reopening the Peyton Newell sweepstakes.

Steve Corder 8 years, 9 months ago

"But those familiar" Tom, I don't know who your sources are, but I have Baylor sources that are telling me that UT is indeed "after" Briles, big time (Brown is gone). Also, Summlin, at TxA&M is eyeing the USC job and is growing tired of the distractions...USC is the ultimate goal.

Question: Does Baylor have enough to keep Briles? Financially? No. Will Briles leave? Maybe. UT is the pinnacle of the college football world.

Question: If Bill Self left KU would KU go after a division II coach (or whatever North Dakota State is classified)?

The dominos will start falling in Texas.

JHawk91 8 years, 9 months ago

Everyone is thinking too small. All my OU Sooner buddies have already heard this rumor and are furious about it. Texas AD, Deloss Dodds fires Mack Brown and then "retires." New Texas AD will be current Big 12 Commissioner (and former Stanford AD), Bob Bowlsby. Bowlsby then delivers current Stanford head coach, David Shaw.

Conference realignment and Big 12 dissolution comes back to the front page.

JakeBarnes 8 years, 9 months ago

The more I think about it the more certain I am that Keegan ought to be head coach at KU. Read yesterday's article about how KU needs a new offensive coordinator. Keegan becomes head coach and Weis stays as offensive coordinator. Some suggested Weis quit as head coach and stay as offensive coordinator. He was joking.

Adam McEwen 8 years, 9 months ago

Bryan Harsin. Wish Charlie would hire him as an OC and give him free reign, The 2007 bowl game VS OU was brilliant. He's got UT ties and enough of a resume to land the job. Don't see Saban leaving Bama.

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