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Texas AD Patterson Faced With Extreme Pressure In Replacing Mack Brown
Published December 16, 2013
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SETTING THE STANDARD: In Austin, Brian Davis wrote Brown has "set an incredibly high standard" during his time at the school. UT's next coach "must get the fans excited again, mollify demanding boosters, connect with the state’s high school coaches, compete in a difficult recruiting landscape and contribute to the omnipresent Longhorn Network." Davis: "Oh, and win" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 12/15). In Dallas, Chuck Carlton wrote the "key choice may be finding the coach who can handle the most duties associated with the job." UT "doesn’t just need a guy with a system, or a recruiter or charisma with alums or organizational skills." It needs "all of it" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/15). ESPN's Brett McMurphy said the big challenge for the next UT coach is "how they can deal with the media, how they can deal with the boosters." McMurphy: "Texas is a unique situation. You've got to have somebody that can deal with the commitments and demands of the Longhorn Network. How much that will play into the decision I'm not sure, but certainly that is a consideration" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/15).
THE EYES OF TEXAS: YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel wrote UT "is a great job," and is the "kind of job that almost can't be screwed up." UT has "every imaginable resource: money, facilities, media attention, fan interest, institutional commitment, a beautiful campus, renowned academics," and the "charisma of Austin." UT is "swinging a corked bat, which changes the definition of a home-run hire" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/15). In Austin, Cedric Golden wrote, "Expect Texas to make a splash with the new hire even though it’s obvious that the guy will be the fans’ second choice" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 12/15). Meanwhile, YAHOO SPORTS' Pat Forde wrote the question surrounding the coaching hire is "whether this public and, at times, ugly separation with Brown will dissuade" some candidates. UT politics is "often a theater of the absurd -- but when it trickles down to the college football level, that might be more drama than a lot of alpha dog coaches want to be involved with." School administrators "may have some explaining to do to wary job candidates" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/14).