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Expect Texas to take time with Brown’s replacement

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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 4:30 am

We’re roughly 10 days removed from Mack Brown resigning as head coach of the Texas Longhorns and things at UT are as quiet as Austin’s Perry-Castaneda Library on a Saturday night.

Don’t expect things to change.

New UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson hired a committee this week to help him find the new head football coach.

There will be little traction during the holidays and into early January.

After all the chaos that went on after the Baylor game with media leaks, reports of Nick Saban coming to Austin and more drama as Bill Powers went in front of the UT Board of Regents, expect the UT athletic department to keep the search under wraps.

Plus, Texas doesn’t need to rush the decision to keep recruits. Schools are in a dead period and can’t contact any recruits until Jan. 15. Expect a coaching announcement to come closer mid-January.

Patterson needs all the time he can get to make this hire.

Without a doubt, the No. 1, can’t-fail, get-it-right-or-you’re-fired job of any athletic director is hiring the right head football coach.

Combine that with a divided fan base, empty seats at Royal-Memorial Stadium and a $1 million lawsuit by former women’s track and field coach Bev Kearney and it’s clear Patterson needs to make sure this coach succeeds or he’ll be the next one on the hot seat.

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