Now with Mack out of the way, here are the Tier 1 names that been batted about by UT "insiders". UT will be trying to make a splash hire and some of these names are big splashes. Do you think the right amount of money can get any of these Tier 1 guys below to jump to Austin?
- Saban still very much in play, despite new contract.
- I have now been told that Briles is very much in play and would be at the top of Tier 2.
- reports of Jim Harbaugh's wife missing the days when Jim coached in college (ie, more time with family).
- Saban and Meyer remain top choices. Tier 1 List:
Nick Saban: Age 62 - seventh year as head coach of Alabama. Won at BCS title at LSU and has won three at Alabama. Agreed to a $7.5 million/year contract on Saturday.
Urban Meyer: Age 49 - second year as head coach of Ohio State. Won two BCS titles at Florida. While between Florida and Ohio State jobs, expressed interest in Texas job if it were to become available.
Jim Harbaugh: Age 49 - third year as head coach of San Francisco 49ers. Led 49ers to Super Bowl appearance in 2012. Previous college coaching experience at San Diego State and Stanford. Has three young kids with second wife.
Jimbo Fisher: Age 48 - fourth year as head coach of Florida State. Previously was offensive coordinator under Bobby Bowden at Florida State and Nick Saban at LSU. Has Florida State in BCS title game, and was offensive coordinator at LSU in 2003 when they won BCS title.
Gus Malzahn: Age 48 - first year as head coach of Auburn. Has Auburn in BCS title game, and was offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2010 when they won BCS title. Only has two years of college head coaching experience.
Les Miles: Age 60 - ninth year as head coach of LSU. Won BCS title in 2007 and was runner-up in 2011. Daughter is a swimmer at UT.
Mike Tomlin: Age 41 - seventh year as head coach of Pittsburgh Steelers. Led Steelers to Super Bowl victory in 2008. Previous college assistant coaching experience from 1995-2000. Tomlin is known for his resemblance to actor Omar Epps.
Mike McCarthy: Age 50 - eighth year as head coach of Green Packers. Limited college coaching experience. Owns lake house on Lake Travis in Austin. Has two young kids. Tier 2 List:
Jim Mora, Jr.
This post was edited on 12/19 at 12:11 pm