Despite a flurry of activity today in the pro and college coaching ranks, most specifically Dennis Green's forced departure from the Red McCombs-owned NFL's Vikings, Brown's immediate future looks to be planted on the Forty Acres.
Friday, the Texas head coach issued the following statement through the UT sports information department: "When you're at a place like Texas and have a great year, you're going to get inquiries when there are job openings. I have learned to make it a policy not to comment on other job openings."
Not necessarily a door-closing statement, but a common one from Brown, who has been mentioned as a candidate for several jobs since taking over the Texas head coaching spot in late '97. The more telling information regarding Brown's intentions came later in the day when the Austin American-Statesman reported that Brown will be rewarded with another raise this off-season following the Horns' 11-2, fifth-ranked finish. The bump in pay should come as no surprise. DeLoss Dodds offered up a 50-percent raise to Brown (and significant hikes to the UT assistants) in late '00 before the Horns played in that season's Holiday Bowl, a game that UT lost.
This year's 11-win, bowl-victory season coupled with the $2 mil contract Tyrone Willingham just signed to take over the Notre Dame top job made this Brown salary increase a given. Look for Brown's new package to approach the $2 million mark like those of Willingham in South Bend and Bob Stoops in Norman.
The events of Friday, though, may have an indirect effect on the Horns. Steve Spurrier announced his resignation Friday afternoon, and the immediate and credible speculation is that Florida will aggressively pursue the Oklahoma head man, the former D-coordinator at the Gainesville school. Sources close to the OU program say Stoops will definitely listen.
If Stoops leaves Oklahoma for Florida, Sooner co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops would be the No. 1 candidate to take over for his brother.