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Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 11:24 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The "coach-in-waiting" blueprint seemed like such a good idea for a while there. Teams could offer recruits the promise of continuity, lock up a coveted assistant with a raise and the fanciest title available, and ease some of the leadership burden off of a (potentially) fading program patriarch, all in one fell swoop. What was not to love?

If you're Mack Brown, the same conflict between the current regime and its planned future one that made nearly every "coach-in-waiting" scheme over the past few years an overhyped failure. A "re-energized" Brown spoke on that topic and several others at a press conference yesterday, saying:
"The coach-in-waiting sends a message that I'm not in it for long," said Brown, whose contract runs through Dec. 31, 2016. "That's a bad message. That's not what we did it for. Now that Will [Muschamp]'s taken the Florida job, that question is out of the mix for the future ...

"I wouldn't be working this hard on recruiting and coaching if I wasn't in it for a long time ... Texas fans are going to have to put up with me for a long time."
Given how angry 'Horns backers became having to "put up with" Brown's 2010 effort (which he also took the time to blame on a massive 2009-induced hangover ), he may have wanted to have phrased that differently. But the point is the same: the 59-year-old Brown isn't planning on going anywhere, and clearly the "coach-in-waiting" method of gently nudging him towards the door is no longer an option.

Assuming Brown's near-total overhaul of the Texas coaching staff (and the 'Horns hungover attitude) pays dividends, that's probably good news for the fans in Austin. If not -- if 2011 and 2012 are anything at all like 2010 -- he may find there's a coach out there waiting after all, even if he's not on the Texas payroll.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:00 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:20 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

Brown needs to worry about getting Texas out of the cellar of the Big 12 South! With the new network, maybe having ten times as much money will help the horns compete with the " sisters of the poor"!!

Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:41 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

Dont kid yourself folks, Mack Brown is just a PR man. If it had been left up to him, he would have kept his old staff, which couldnt coach a monkey out of the tree. Undoubtedly he can recruit, but he cant coach a lick.  

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:07 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

The Coach-In-Waiting concept can work well in the right circumstances.  It worked well for Oregon and Wisconsin.  In both cases, the head coach wanted to retire into the AD position.  Both hand picked a replacement, and set a finite time-table for the transition.  As a result, neither head coach was left looking over his shoulder, and neither coach-in-waiting was left in limbo.  WVU is going through an interesting twist on this right now, an it will be interesting to see how well it works.  In WVU's case, Bill Stewart is being pused out the door, but has been given the opportunity to coach one last season.  As coach-in-waiting, Dana Holgorsen has complete contol over teh offense (including staff), and gets a season to learn the ropes before becomming the head coach.  The other benefit to WVU is the defensive staff, who has been very successful, will remain intact under Holgorsen.  This is a bit of a risky scheme, but I can see it working well because Bill Stewart is a classy man who has always put the program before himself.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:32 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

Having a coach in waiting makes it easier to shove the old coach out.  Ask Bobby Bowden. 

The coach in waiting concept increases the head coach's worries.  He has to look over his shoulder all the time.  According to Shakespeare, Caesar said, "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;  He thinks too much: such men are dangerous."

And the coach in waiting is really in limbo.  When will the old guy finally give it up?  And how many juicy jobs could he miss while waiting?

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:34 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

Longhorns are the new Cowboys huh?  If you are referring to not doing much in 2010 with a ton of talent, then yes they are.  If you are referring to an underachieving team that is a perennial dissappointment to its fans, then not sure how that fits.  I dont feel that you would have a negative perception of the Cowboys if they won the Super Bowl in 2005 and lost in the super bowl in 2009 without their starting QB.  Not many other teams can sport that resume.  Takes more than a year to get where the Cowboys are IMHO.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:52 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

The only thing the Longhorns have in common with the Cowboys is that they could both easily beat the Georgia Bulldogs.

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:30 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

The Longhorns are the new Dallas Cowboys.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:24 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

What a terrible job of journalism. Those quotes are taken out of context and if you read the entire press conference Will Muschamp was thanked for a great job and the coach in waiting title isn't even ruled out for future use at Texas...

"On if he was surprised left for Florida: Number one, you would have to ask Will. He was in Florida for ten years. Florida is a great job, and if I was going to stay at this one and he had the chance to be at that one, it seems to be a simple answer to me. I was surprised -not by that Will had an offer, or got a job - I just found out about it right before a dinner [while] recruiting. That’s always great to say, “Hey, we’ve got some change. Everybody come up, got something to tell you.” So I heard it when you all heard it. So that is just part of the process. Again, what a great thing for Will. Will did a great job for us - to finish second and third in the country those two years. I thought we would win the national championship [in 2009] when we didn’t. I didn’t think it would be till 2009, but 2008 surprised me a little bit. It was kind of like in 2004 when we got closer than I thought. Then in 2005 we won it when I thought we would win it in 2006, and Vince left. Will did a great job for us, and he should have gotten a great job. When Florida came up, no one knew Urban [Meyer] was leaving. It happened so quickly, but again, there are a lot of great coaches out there and its fun to hire them."

Here he talks about the coach in waiting tag

"On the coach-in-waiting strategy: It’s viable. It worked for us. If people ask if it worked for us - we were second and third two of the three years it was here. It was pretty good. Had a chance to win a national championship in two of those three years. so you would have to say it worked. My question would be, “how long it can last?” I would think that if we were to do it again we would have a deadline. There’s too many questions. Those questions are questions that aren’t to be answered in public. If there’s not a timetable, everybody just makes up what they feel like what was said. Then it leaves for some potential turmoil because nobody’s sure what’s going on. And I think that’s what we’ve learned in this process."

Here is where those quotes used in this article came from in their entirety...

"On if any new coaches asked about his future during the hiring process: Yes, it was an obvious question. When you have a coach-in-waiting, it puts question marks into how long you’re going to coach. I told them I was back in the game. I was full speed ahead. I wouldn’t be working this hard on recruiting and hiring coaches if I wasn’t in it for a long time, and I basically told them that Texas fans were going to have to put up with me for a long time. I’m back at work."

"On if being reenergized means he will do things differently: I don’t know and in looking at it, everybody wants to know what happened. I think when companies go under, I’m not sure everybody knows exactly what happened. It obviously wasn’t as good and how do you answer a question that you go from number three in the country [or] number two in the country to poor. It’s all over the place. In the evaluation process, I’m not sure I got the answer to “change this, change this, that happened, this happened.” I do know that I felt like I had a hangover after the national championship game, and I don’t know if I’ve ever taken a loss as hard. I think part of it was Colt [McCoy], part of it was it’s just too hard to get there. We just barely missed in 2008. We just barely missed in 2009, and I don’t think I did a good job of coming back out of it and getting a spark and getting the energy back to where I needed it to be and I didn’t realize it. I just pouted for a while, and when you’re pouting at 13-1 that’s pretty stupid, number one. Secondly, I felt like we worked as hard [and] we did the same things. I don’t know that we did it with the same spark. I don’t know that we did it with the same energy. We thought we did. Players are going to watch you very, very closely. I thought that was one thing that there must be something that I didn’t do there from an energy standpoint. I think also coach-in-waiting sends a message that I’m not in it for long, and that’s a bad message and that’s not what we did it for. Now that Will [Muschamp] has taken the Florida job, that question is out of the mix for the future. I think what I did is answered that question for every coach about how long I was going to be here before they asked it because it was an obvious question. I really am enjoying myself again. I’m having fun and last year I didn’t. It wasn’t fun for us off the field, for Sally and I, but I didn’t do my job on the field and I’m going to make sure Texas fans and kids know I’m going to go back and do what I’m supposed to do."

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:58 pm

Brown no longer a fan of 'coach-in-waiting' plan

Amen brother

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