Congratulations, college football fans in the state of Alabama. Turns out, you were among the biggest winners in the game that was Mack Brown’s resignation and replacement at Texas.
Well, at least the coaches followed by fans in Alabama were the big winners.
According to ESPN, Brown’s resignation at Texas in December created not just a ripple but a wave of coaching moves, affecting 103 coaches and influencing coaching changes at 47 college programs, four NFL organizations and two high schools.
Besides Texas, the impact of Brown’s resignation was felt most right here in our old sweet home.
Rumors about Brown’s resignation and his ultimate resignation helped Alabama coach Nick Saban leverage a raise, up to $6.9 million a year, after a season in which he didn’t even win an SEC West Division title.
December reports strongly suggesting that Auburn’s Gus Malzahn should pursue the Texas job helped him secure a new deal three days later, up to $3.85 million a year.
But even with the news of Saban’s and Malzahn’s new deals, Alabama wasn’t done feeling the impact of Brown’s resignation. Louisville’s Charlie Strong took the Texas job, and Louisville hired a guy whose name echoes way back in Alabama --- former Auburn offensive coordinator and one-time apple of Auburn power brokers’ eyes, Bobby Petrino.
Petrino hired former UAB head coach Garrick McGee back as his offensive coordinator, the same job McGee held under Petrino at Arkansas before taking the UAB job. UAB hired Bill Clark away from Jacksonville State, and JSU promoted John Grass.
And we won’t even go deep into assistants, like Alabama’s Greg Brown going to Louisville and Chris Rumph to Texas. When Louisville hired defensive coordinator Todd Grantham from Georgia, former Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt took Grantham’s old job, leaving national champion Florida State.
Soooooooo … thanks Mack Brown? At least we didn’t have a boring 2013-14 coaching carousel around here.
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