Mack Brown and Nick Saban swap hair and it looks amazing

Mack Brown Nick Saban hair

Mack Brown and Nick Saban are both 62 years old, but it doesn’t seem like it. Saban still looks somewhat young despite aging over the past few years, while Brown totally looks like a grandpa. Is the reason for the visual disparity between the two the hair?

Our friend Cork Gaines decided to explore the possibility by creating that amazing photoshop job at the top. Mack Brown actually looks totally normal in Saban’s hair and somewhat younger. Saban still looks semi young even with the gray hair, but the style just looks funny on him.

Alright, so if it’s the hair that makes Brown look much older than he is and Saban younger, then it must be the decline of Texas’ program that gives off the perception that Brown is aging and out of touch, right? Saban is the same age and just dominating the college football scene.

Shoot, if Mack gets Saban’s hair, I think he’d be a viable candidate for many other jobs. He looks totally revitalized with that new ‘do.

Photo: Twitter/CorkGaines

Mack Brown will reportedly step down at Texas

Mack Brown TexasMack Brown is stepping down as the coach of the Texas Longhorns, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. Texas is 8-4 this season after a 30-10 loss to Baylor over the weekend. The Longhorns will face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Brown is expected to make the announcement by the end of this week.

“Mack Brown loves Texas and wants what’s in the best interest of Texas and what’s in the best interest of Mack Brown,” a high-level source reportedly told Orangebloods.com. “I don’t think it’s been an easy decision. But he doesn’t want negativity around the program he helped unify.”

Last week, a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel indicated that Brown was likely to step down.

The 62-year-old is expected to coach in the Alamo Bowl, which will cap off his 16-year career as the head coach of the Longhorns. His 158 wins are second only to Darrell Royal, who had 167 wins in his career at Texas.

Brown is under contract through 2020, but he will reportedly receive a $2.75 million buyout and other considerations. His contract states that he is to be “reassigned to another significant position” within UT’s athletic department if he voluntarily relinquishes his duties as head coach. That position would pay an annual salary of $500,000.

Since losing to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, Texas has gone 30-20 and not exactly been the national powerhouse Brown had built in the earlier part of the 21st century. Brown won a national championship with the Longhorns in 2005, which was the school’s first title since 1970.

This was seemingly the best outcome for all parties involved. While it’s difficult for any coach to “step down,” it’s better for Brown and the school to have the relationship end mutually. No one wants to fire one of the greatest coaches in school history, and Texas is clearly ready to move on.

Could Mack Brown step down at Texas?

Mack Brown TexasThe eyes (and ears) of Texas will be focused again on Texas coach Mack Brown this weekend.

Brown’s Longhorns visit Baylor on Saturday. Although the game could produce the Big 12 champion, Brown’s future as Texas coach will be one of the bigger storylines playing out.

A “high-ranking Texas official” told SI.com that no decision has been made on Brown’s future. Still, the season-long speculation, which has included rumors of Nick Saban replacing Brown, increases as the Longhorns cap their regular-season campaign against the ninth-ranked Bears.

“It’s up in the air,” a source told SI’s Pete Thamel regarding Brown’s future. “My thought is he’ll probably do the right thing for himself and Texas and step down. But coaches have something in their DNA that don’t normally let them do that. How many times have you seen it? With [Joe] Paterno or [Bobby] Bowden? People forget Darrell Royal was 5-5-1 in his last season.”

The late Royal, though, was a god at Texas. Brown hasn’t reached that rarefied air despite guiding the ‘Horns to the 2005 BCS national championship after stunning USC and the 2009 title game before falling to Alabama. Brown, who hasn’t made any public comments regarding his future, is under contract until 2020 at $5.4 million per season. When rumors about Nick Saban having interest in the Texas job arose, Brown’s agent threatened legal action against anyone trying to force out his client. But the years left on Brown’s contract mean little since the wealthy Longhorns’ program could provide him a generous buyout. Brown is expected to meet at some point to discuss his future with recently-hired athletic director Steve Patterson and school president Bill Powers.

A win over Baylor would put Patterson in an awkward position, particularly if Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma on Saturday, giving the conference championship to the Longhorns. After opening the season 1-2, Brown has led Texas (8-3) to wins in seven of its past eight games, including a dominating 36-20 upset of Oklahoma on Oct. 12. He fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after losing to BYU in the second game of the season. The Longhorns bounced back, a Nov. 16 loss to Oklahoma State being the only blemish during their last eight games.

Still, as much as many Longhorn die-hards continue to call for Brown’s head, it would be a difficult scenario for Patterson to deliver it if the 62-year-old coach wins out and decides he wants to return. Brown also carries considerable weight with Powers, who probably would nix any attempt by Patterson to relieve the coach of his duties. But Brown also could be weary of critics calling for his dismissal or for him to step down. Or, as some have suggested, Brown should “do the right thing.”

Earl Campbell: Time for Texas to fire Mack Brown

Mack Brown TexasMany have called for Mack Brown to be fired in light of Texas’ poor start to the season, and Longhorns legend Earl Campbell has joined the chorus.

Campbell, who won a Heisman Trophy at Texas in 1977, told FOX 26 in Houston that it’s time for the school to move on from Brown.

“Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen,” Campbell told FOX 26. “I’d go on record and say ‘yes I think it’s time.’

“I’d just say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they’ve done. They didn’t mess around with it. They just said ‘let’s do it now.’ I think at some point our university’s people are going to have make a decision.”

USC fired Lane Kiffin as head coach on Sunday, the morning after the team lost at Arizona State 62-41. Texas was off in Week 5 of the college football season, but they beat Kansas State 31-21 the previous week to even their record at 2-2.

One of Campbell’s arguments is that coaches, like players, can sometimes become too old to do the job. He thinks that is the case with Brown, who is 62.

“Some people get too old,” Campbell said. “If players get too old to play a game, why can’t a coach get too old to coach it.”

Campbell drew on his personal experience for advocating the firing. He was at Texas when legendary coach Darrell Royal was fired and saw how the move helped turn around the program.

Even though getting rid of a legend is difficult, he thinks it needs to be done with Brown.

Campbell also suggested Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray as a replacement for Brown. Gray was an all-american defensive back at Texas and later a Pro Bowler in the NFL.

Brown has been adamant that he wants to continue as Texas’ coach. Brown’s lawyer has said he will sue anyone who tries to force out the coach.

Texas went 5-7 after losing to Alabama in the national championship game for the 2009 season. They went 8-5 and 9-4 in the two subsequent years and are 2-2 this season. After taking over in 1998, Brown won nine games in each of his first three seasons. Then he led Texas to double-digit win seasons every year from 2001-2009. The numbers would suggest it’s time for him to go.

Mack Brown defends decision to not aggressively recruit Jameis Winston

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateFlorida State quarterback Jameis Winston created a headache for Texas coach Mack Brown with a comment he made after his dominating performance against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Simply put, the freshman claims he would be playing for the Longhorns right now if they had offered him a scholarship.

A Texas source reportedly told CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman that Winston did not seem all that interested in the school. During an appearance on “Rome” Tuesday afternoon, Brown took the same stance.

“He’s a great player and we would have liked to have had him, so let’s get that straight,” the Texas coach began. “Alabama (where Winston is from) is not a hotbed for Texas recruiting, and Alabama and Auburn were winning national championships at that time.”

Brown then went on to explain how Texas was going through staff changes at the time and transitioning between offensive coordinators. Texas was coming off a 5-7 season in 2010, which Brown says could have resulted in a little “turmoil” that left the Longhorns behind in the process.

“I had someone that was very close to the situation that I really, really trusted that knew exactly what was going on,” he said. “I said, ‘Should we bring him in?’ They said absolutely not. It’s a two-horse race. It’s down to Florida State, who he’s committed to, and Alabama. You’re not going to be able to get in it, so you just need to stay out of it. And that’s what we did.”

While we have to see more from Winston before labeling him a Heisman Trophy candidate, Texas fans have to be irritated at the thought of their rebuilding team not pursuing a stud quarterback who claims the Longhorns were one of his top choices. Perhaps Winston would have gone to FSU anyway and is just angry Texas didn’t show more interest. We’ll probably never know.

Barry Switzer Wants Texas to Keep Mack Brown Because They’ve Been Sucking

Mack Brown has enjoyed plenty of success at Texas, including a national championship and streak of nine straight double-digit win seasons. But since losing Colt McCoy after the ’09 season, the Longhorns have struggled. They went 5-7 last year — their first losing season since John Mackovic was fired in ’97 — and they’ve gone 4-2 this season. Going 4-2 doesn’t sound bad, but Texas got obliterated by Oklahoma 55-17 and lost to Oklahoma State 38-26. That’s enough reason for former Oklahoma coach to want Texas to keep Mack Brown. He’s even sharing laughs about Texas’ struggles with Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens.

At a luncheon on Wednesday, Pickens described an email he received from Switzer after Oklahoma had beaten Texas 55-17 earlier this month.

Pickens says Switzer wrote to him suggesting that Oklahoma State shouldn’t “beat them as bad as the Sooners did because we want to keep Mack Brown as coach — we want somebody that both of us can beat.”

Switzer was sitting in the audience and encouraged Pickens to share the story.

Yeah, laugh all you want guys, but let’s look at the history. Mack Brown has gone 6-8 against Oklahoma. He’s gone 12-2 against Oklahoma State with his only losses to them coming the last two seasons. Oklahoma may have the edge on Texas, but I don’t think laughing about wanting to keep Mack Brown around is the best idea.

Helmet knock to The Big Lead

Nick Saban, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops, Les Miles Highest Paid College Coaches

USA Today released its annual list of coaches salaries for all 120 FBS head coaches. As you can imagine, the coaches at the BCS conferences are well paid, and those in the SEC are truly making bank.

The Top 10 highest-paid coaches in the country (based on USA Today’s research) are the following:

    Nick Saban, Alabama – 5.997 million
    Mack Brown, Texas – 5.161 million
    Bob Stoops, Oklahoma – 4.375 million
    Les Miles, LSU – 3.905 million
    Jim Tressel, Ohio State – 3.888 million
    Kirk Ferentz, Iowa – 3.781
    Jim Grobe, Wake Forest – 2.939 million
    Mark Richt, Georgia – 2.937 million
    Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – 2.713 million
    Gary Pinkel, Missouri – 2.550 million

Note: data was not submitted by some private universities, so coaches like Lane Kiffin, Jim Harbaugh, and Brian Kelly are not on the list. Kiffin would be in the top five based on reports, and there’s no doubt Kelly would be in the top 10. Harbaugh probably isn’t in this group. Also, Urban Meyer was in the 4 million club but is not on the list because of his resignation.

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