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Charlie Strong right for Texas?
The Longhorns have found the man who will try to live up to Mack Brown's legacy, as Texas named former Louisville coach Charlie Strong its new head coach on Sunday. Strong just finished his fourth year at Louisville and has been remarkably successful as its coach, winning double-digit games for the past two years and bringing the Cardinals to a BCS bowl in the 2012 season. Is he the right coach for the job, or will Texas recede further and further from title contention?
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Mack Brown stepping down?
It's been an interesting day in Austin, Texas. A report first surfaced that Mack Brown would resign his post as Texas Longhorns head coach ... then Brown refuted the story ... then a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that the Longhorns' coach of 16 years indeed would leave, likely by the end of the week. This could conclude a roller-coaster season for Brown and the Longhorns, who started 1-2 but ended up one win away from claiming the Big 12 title. It also could restart the speculation that Nick Saban might move from Alabama to Austin.
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Expectations at a school like Texas are, and always will remain, very high. That is why even after an 8-4 regular season and a second-place finish in the Big 12, coach Mack Brown faces questions about his job security, as the Longhorns haven't had a final BCS rating any higher than No. 19 in four seasons. With the 2005 national championship firmly in the rearview mirror, and even the 2009 title game appearance old news, Texas has a decision to make -- one that appears to be entirely in its hands after Brown on Tuesday denied reports that he was stepping down.
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Could Nick Saban leave Alabama?
Nick Saban seems to have a good thing going at Alabama, but if his agent is to be believed, not everything is peachy for him there. Saban's agent Jimmy Sexton said that the coach is under ''special pressure'' due to his success at the school, and that he would consider leaving Alabama for only one other school: Texas. The fact that he said this to Texas officials in a 45-minute phone call in January should probably make Crimson Tide fans a bit nervous, to say nothing of current embattled Texas coach Mack Brown.
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CFB: (12) Oklahoma vs. Texas
This is not your classic Red River Rivalry. Sure, the Oklahoma Sooners roll in on a hot streak, ranked 12th and still undefeated. But the Texas Longhorns ... you might have heard about their problems. A 3-2 record. A narrow win at not-so-formidable Iowa State. And a coach whose days might be numbered in Austin. Will this game spell the end for Mack Brown?