According to Brian Davis of the Austin American Statesman, University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has appointed an eight-person search committee to replace Mack Brown as football coach.
This is called "spreading the blame." If UT was smart, it would have given Patterson a credit card, keys to the university plane, a blank check and said, "Don't come back 'til you find our new head coach. If this goes south, you're fired."
Instead, Patterson followed the modern day AD map - name a slew of people to a committee to find the highest profiled state employee in the great state a Texas. Life lesson, kids - how do you spell C-Y-A?
One coach who is rumored to be a candidate is former Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Bucs coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.
Geoff Ketchum, owner and publisher of Orangebloods.com, Tweeted earlier today: "No contact between Texas and Jon Gruden has taken place at this time. Source merely mentioned interest level for Gruden was legit."
There could be an opening for hostess at your local Chilis and Gruden's name would surface.
When Brad Johnson was a backup quarterback for the Cowboys in 2008, he told me he never thought Gruden would be a good fit for a college program.
"Jon is all about ball," said Johnson, who played for Gruden for the Bucs; the two won a Super Bowl together in 2002.
Johnson described a man whom he did not believe would enjoy the recruiting element of the college game, despite his salesman type persona.
Gruden coached at Tennessee (1986), Southeast Missouri State ('87-'88), Pacific ('89) and Pittsburgh ('91) before he moved to the NFL level.
Gruden does have the one qualification that UT is reportedly seeking - a coach who has won an NCAA title or Super Bowl.
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