Inside Texas received double-confirmation that Alabama Defensive Coordinator and interim head coach Joe Kines was in Austin last week. It is believed that the 61-year old Kines is the frontrunner for the Texas job. Kines has also coached Crimson Tide linebackers the past four seasons. He previously coached linebackers at Florida State.
Publicly, at least, Brown is following his own policy of not addressing coaching changes until after Texas' bowl game. For years, Brown has supported Texas assistants who have opportunities for head coaching jobs. But Brown has been unwavering in his preference that coaches not pursue job openings until after the bowl-season.
Former Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik was named Iowa State's head coach on November 27. Two former Texas defensive coaches, Greg Robinson and Dick Tomey, interviewed for the San Jose State and Syracuse openings, respectively, during the Horns' Rose Bowl preparation for Michigan in December, 2004.
"We did not want to be disrespectful to any of our coaches or players or have any distractions at all," Brown said. "Most of the guys you would talk to are playing in bowl games as well. We're only recruiting one linebacker, and I just don't see any urgency to move ahead. We've got more time than had someone left during the last week of recruiting."
Texas will begin bowl preparation on December 12. The team reports to San Antonio on the afternoon of December 25.