If Texas Can’t Get Tom Herman, Who Can They Get?

Tom Herman’s almost certainly going to LSU at this point, a fairly shocking turn in the college football coaching carousel:

Where do the Longhorns go next? Let’s take a look at my top 3 candidates:

3. Chip Kelly

More than just speculation that he’ll be fired at the end of the season, because it’s not working with him in the NFL. There’s such a big difference between college and pros, that some great great college coaches just aren’t built to coach at the upper level. Nick Saban’s example A. Chip Kelly’s example B.

He’s going to be at the top of the list for the Oregon job without a doubt. But I think Texas can pull out more money for him, and the call will certainly be made. As unexciting as he’s been in the NFL, he was as good as anyone in college at building a premiere program. Texas would kill for what Oregon had.

2. Les Miles

77% win percentage at LSU. Who wouldn’t want that on their coaching staff? His only mistake at LSU was playing in the same conference as one of the 3 or 4 greatest college football coaches in history, and losing to him 7 out of their 10 match ups. He’ll be the hottest name on the coaching block, with him already being rumored to replace Tom Herman in Houston, Mark Stoops in Kentucky, and whoever coaches Purdue.

Purdue people seem strangely confident in this, reporting that Miles could be reported as the next head coach as early as tomorrow morning:

What surprised me the most was that Miles is 63, older than Mack Brown was when he left the Texas job. Les can fetch 7 or 8 million on the open market, but will a program like Texas want to spend that much on someone who won’t be there more than a decade? He’s a premiere recruiter who’s won the recruit battles in the hotbed of the south, which is what the Texas coach needs to be to keep the high school Texans from picking the other Texas schools.

1. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

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