Mack Brown just recently announced his resignation, and Nick Saban signed a mega-extension with Alabama that paid him a huge raise. After the Longhorns play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, they are in a bit of a pickle.
They must hire a new coach.
A large list of names have reportedly been put on Texas' wish list, one being Stanford coach David Shaw. He seems to have some interest.
An unnamed source has said that Shaw is "extremely interested," and that he would much consider coming to Austin if offered the head coaching position.
Shaw has worked wonders at Stanford. Jim Harbaugh turned around the Cardinal, but Shaw has built them even higher. He has won the past two Pac-12 titles, defeating a higher-ranked Oregon team in both seasons. Stanford plays in the Rose Bowl in January, making it Shaw's third BCS game in as many years at the helm.
Stanford has had a long history with some success along the way, but just think if Shaw came to Texas. He would have nicer facilities, a more prestigious program to recruit to, and even lesser academic standards for potential recruits to deal with.
This hire would be a win for both sides, as Texas would get a phenomenal coach who is almost a sure thing to succeed and Shaw would attain one of the most coveted positions in college sports.
He has interest, but now Texas must do its end of the bargain. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson needs to smell blood and offer Shaw the job.