"The reports that I just heard are totally inaccurate," Brown said. "I have not talked to anyone about the defensive coordinators job, on the phone or in person. And we are not planning on doing that until after the bowl game, as Ive said about 12 times. I still feel that way. And it will be that way when you get the next report of somebody that I ate lunch with."
Former Longhorn co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was introduced as Iowa States new head coach on November 27. Nearly two weeks of speculation prompted Browns tongue-in-cheek follow-up comment: "We really are excited about all the candidates that (the media) is throwing out there. Its given me some great ideas. I appreciate (the medias) help and assistance. I just hope after one of them gets here that yall wont beat him up."
The one bright spot to the Hurricanes 6-6 season was its defense. Shannons crew finished the regular season as the nations No. 3 rush defense (just behind No. 2 Texas) and No. 5 in total defense. The Canes twice led the nation in pass defense during Shannons tenure. He was also a starting linebacker on Miami's 1987 national championship team.
"I can reiterate the fact that I said a week ago that we would not talk to anyone about the defensive coordinators job, or a defensive position, until after the bowl game in respect to our team, our seniors and our defensive staff," Brown stated, "and I have not."
Brown was in San Antonio Thursday morning, along with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, for the first press conference preceding the December 30 Alamo Bowl game. Bowl officials also report that the 65,000-seat stadium is now at "near capacity" following three days of brisk ticket sales, prompted by Sundays announcement that Texas would participate for the first time in the 15 year-old bowl game.