Well this should be interesting if noting else. With the college football keeping a close eye on the developments out of Austin, Texas, Texas head coach Mack Brown will speak at a football banquet tonight. Surely this is nothing out of the ordinary. Why wouldn’t a head coach speak to the football players at a football banquet?
What comes off a little odd, at least at first glance, is the news reported by The Dallas Morning News that new athletic director Steve Patterson, former athletic director DeLoss Dodds and university president Bill Powers are all scheduled to speak at the football banquet. In fairness, this may not be out of the ordinary either. It is somewhat expected for an athletic director to at least make a brief statement and appearance at most sports banquets, and for a program as valuable as the Texas football program it probably is not all that unheard of for the university president to be on hand either.
So what does this all mean? Is this any sign that Brown has reached the end fo the line? Probably not by itself. The speculation continues to be out there that Brown is coaching his final game when Texas faces Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. But the news that the school’s AD, president and former AD are also speaking does not seem to carry enough weight to suggest this is the final curtain call for Brown.
Regardless, the Mack Brown watch continues.
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.