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Report: Some Nobody Says Mike Tomlin Is In Play For Texas Head Coach Job

Chip Brown, a writer for, which is part of the Rivals Network of sites, was a guest on Fox Sports Live Tuesday night and according to him, current University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban isn’t the only big name in play to possible become the next head coach of the University of Texas.

Brown stated that Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin are names now being linked to the school.

I don’t believe this for one second, but it is my duty to pass this along to you. In fact, this is the first time I have ever heard of Brown. I didn’t see the segment, but I will add the video to this post if it becomes available.

“I’ve been told they’re going to aim for a coach who’s won a national championship or a Super Bowl,” said Brown in his interview. “And I think Nick Saban’s at the top of the list. I think Urban Meyer would probably be second. I’ve heard maybe Mike Tomlin could be approached in this. And then I think you have to look at guys like David Shaw, even though he hasn’t won a national title, and Jim Harbaugh. Both had success at Stanford and school president Bill Powers is a Cal graduate and wants Texas to be seen in the same academic light as Cal and Stanford.”

I doubt seriously that Tomlin has interest in the Texas job that isn’t even open yet as Mack Brown is still currently the head coach. They might have interest in Tomlin, but even if that were true, I think it ends right there.

I could see Texas making a play for an established college coach like Saban and perhaps even Meyer, Harbaugh and Shaw, but not Tomlin.


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  • j alton

    Some nobody? He’s on of the most well respected reporters in Austin. I doubt many longhorn fans know the name of steeler beat writers.. Sure, he’s probably a long shot, but if anyone is in tune with the program in Austin, it’s Chip.

  • Pastor of Muppets

    I’ve heard of this “nobody”, but I’ve never heard of you.

  • SteelersDepot

    It’s because I am a nobody as well.

  • Pastor of Muppets

    That makes no sense. Chip is a regular source for Fox Sports. I literally have no idea who you are. I’m a Steeler fan and never heard of this site.

  • SteelersDepot

    That’s funny, I have never heard of you, either.

  • Pastor of Muppets

    Yeah. That’s funny. You win this time.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Would a NFL coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers(one of the best NFL jobs) go to college to coach. I doubt it but anything is possible.

  • Pastor of Muppets

    He’d stand a chance to make more money. I’d be surprised though. Tomlin’s stock isn’t exactly on the upswing for any job. His name has floated around the internet since October for the Texas job, until a reliable “nobody” pinned him as an actual candidate. The timing seems to jive with Pittsburgh’s 8th loss and assured back to back losing seasons.
    A lot is made of longevity of Pittsburgh head coaches. I’d put no stock in that. Art Rooney II doesn’t do things like his dad or grandfather did. This is the man who essentially forced Arians out and planted Haley.

  • Rick Eger

    If he’s a fool and Tomlin’s not a fool.

  • Rick Eger

    Wow Austin Texas, the football capital of the nation..

  • Berlusconi

    I bet a lot of Steelers fans would love to see Tomlin go right now. I am not one of them.

  • Jeff Anoble

    I would believe in actual dead people returning as zombies before I would believe Tomlin would even consider going to Texas. What are his ties there? Ridiculous.

  • mlc43

    All you people getting your panties in a bunch over who knows who and who is who. The article said, “I’ve heard maybe Mike Tomlin could be approached in this.” In other words he was speculating on speculation. I really don’t see this happening. Just some fodder for the gossip boards.

  • r4kolb

    I for one would love to hold the door open as Tomlin the fraud walks out the Steelers facility. Uh. Bye-Bye. Go unleash hell in Texas.

  • HiVul

    You know UT is in Austin right? And this is a story about UT? Not sure why this guys credibility is being discredited on face. I guess we shouldn’t trust stories on the Steelers by Ed Bouchette either, I’ve never seen him on ESPN and he’s only a Pittsburgh beat writer so there you go.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I’ve never heard of a NFL coach who quits his job so he can coach college that’s just unheard of. Tomlin would never do that.

  • DrakePirate

    The whole article makes no sense …. none of those guys are going to go to texas … Urban Meyer is at OU, Saban at Alabama … Tomlin in NFL and Harbaugh is with the rising 49ers … what crack pipe is that guy smoking … u don’t take steps backwards in life on purpose … all those programs are better jobs than Texas at this point … stupid article. Texas will probably not get a top tier coach at this point. Either a young riser or a second tier guy. Texas has been on the downswing for quite a few years now.

  • cp72

    Bobby Petrino left Atlanta for the Arkansas job and Saban left the Dolphins for Alabama…so it’s unusual not unheard of.

    I am not saying I want Tomlin to go, but I think he would be an excellent recruiter.

  • mlc43

    You’re right. Who would want a job that pays like only Texas can and can sign players by just saying their name. I couldn’t imagine any coach would want that job.

  • joed32

    Actually he has been seen on ESPN but I don’t believe everything he says either. Or Rapaport or LaCanfora, these guys have to come up with stories and they don’t mind making stuff up be able to have a story line.

  • Tom Savastano

    Wasn’t the original dawn of the dead filmed in Pittsburgh.. lol!

  • Pastor of Muppets

    Dave Wannstedt resigned from the Dolphins and took over at Pitt in ’04.

  • mem359

    I’ve heard that Vince Lombardi and Knute Rockne were also linked to the Texas job, since they are writing up a wish list.

  • mem359

    I think Wannstedt resigned the same way as Arians retired from the Steelers.

  • DrakePirate

    your comment makes about as much sense as the story … “zilch”

  • DrakePirate

    You obviously aren’t familiar with those coaches salaries … nick saban makes more than brown and urban meyer is right behind him … not to mention that tomlin makes more as well and Jim Harbaugh went to the Super Bowl and has a loaded team for the next decade not to mention one of the best new stadium and complexes coming next year … no way any of those guys getting lured away !

  • Jon Crissinger

    Yeah, I live in Austin. And though I don’t pay any attention to UT football, I have heard of him

  • walter mason

    Now that you found this site, you will never leave. Its really the best.

  • Weiss Chad

    Stick around we can learn ya

  • Luke Shabro

    Good one! I’m sure we could bring in the dozens of promising coaching candidates and win immediately. Hey maybe we should just hire you!

  • 2443scott

    well all i got to say about this is chip brown before you decided to go on fox and spill your thoughts out to world did you ever look at the steelers coaching and how long there has been a coaching changes ….tomlin is not leaveing steelers unless hes going on his own i see tomlin with steelers for at least another 5 to 6 years ….now if he was a OC they change jobs alot more then head coaches do ….i dont see saban in nfl as any kind winning head coach ..if any thing i think texans will choose a young coach who was a OC …if they go older i see them going after cowher

  • Luke Shabro

    If Tomlin leaves the Steelers to go coach Texas, I’ll eat my hat. Harbaugh sure as hell isn’t going anywhere. . I find it hard to believe Saban will leave one of the best programs in the best conference in football with the biggest talent base in the country to go to Texas. I guess stranger things have happened but come on man!

  • dennisdoubleday

    Not to mention that Saban’s agent just recently stated that Texas is the only job Saban would be willing to leave Alabama for. It is really ignorant to say Texas won’t be able to get a top-tier coach.


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    And not to mention that the Sabans recently purchased a home in the Austin area.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    This article means nothing to me at the moment, and I mean nothing. A reporter connected to Texas says that TEXAS might consider asking Tomlin about looking at the job. Until a reporter from Pittsburgh actually tells us that Tomlin is interested in the Texas job, I’m not going to give this report any more time.


    People, People, People. He didn’t swear on a Bible that these candidates are in an active decision making process. These are just the names being floated on the Wish-List of those at the highest level at UT and Chip Brown does indeed have access to that group.



  • DrakePirate

    ignorant ?? who exactly u think they are going to get … my point was they aren’t getting any of the guys they mentioned, i don’t buy for a minute that Saban would leave Bama for Texas … regardless of what an agent said!

  • Guest

    Lucky for us another sucker on this site.. sheesh… go back to your other sources then…

  • T R

    good grief another sucker on the site.. Well go back to your other sources… we wont miss you..

  • T R

    Oh when Tomlin leaves for Texas he taken Big Ben with him right. LOl

  • T R

    Miami and Altanta all sucked really bad at the time.. They knew firing was close so they got out before the pink slips

  • r4kolb

    All I ask is for a coach who knows how to manage the clock. Knows when to call a time out rather then let 10 seconds run off the clock until he realizes his blunder and then calls for it. Not go for 50+ yard field goals when you have a kicker with a weak leg so the opposing team now has great field position to set themselves up for the game winning field goal. Not fire your special teams coach so you can bring in your guy who is almost as bad a special teams coach as you are a head coach. Isn’t so stupid as to be looking at the jumbotron and walks onto the field potentially costing the franchise a draft pick. You know basic stuff like that.

  • george

    Do they have ping pong tables in the locker room at UT?

  • RedCarpetDefense

    This just in….Steelers’ Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley rumored to be front runner in the University of Texas head football coaching position. Also joining him as their new coordinators would be Mike Shanahan soon to be former Redskins HC as the OC and Lane Kiffin former USC HC as the DC (having spent the past few weeks mastering the art of defensive play calling).

  • HiVul

    I’m not saying that you should believe everything you read, just that we shouldn’t write the guy off because he only covers UT. All he really said was that UT expressed interest in those names, I don’t find it to be an outrageous story that they would reach out to Tomlin and other NFL coaches.

  • Jason

    Hey genius 8-8 is not a losing season.

  • mlc43

    Don’t worry about Drake, James. He thinks Urban Meyer coaches at Oklahoma, lol. Seriously, though, he fails to admit that there is something to this rumor. Will it happen? Who knows. Also, Drake, while Saban and others do make more than Brown, that’s not what it’s about. When it comes to the money aspect of the deal, Texas can and will out bid Alabama if that’s what it wants to do.

  • DrakePirate

    sorry meant to say OSU (not OU)… and dude the guy is 62 yrs old, hes got maybe 5 good yrs left coaching before he hangs it up … u really think hes going to spend the last few yrs trying to revive a downward pointing program .. ur on crack, its pretty obvious that he is using it as leverage to get a better payday at Alabama. Herbstreit apparently knows him pretty well and says there is no way in he** would go to Texas. Now while i’ll say nothing is impossible, it sure seems like it would be a stupid move on his part, but I would be the first one to eat crow and admit I was wrong if he did … but just can’t see it happening, doesn’t make a lot of sense … if he was 10 years younger .. maybe

  • CrazyTerry

    Even Andy reid is terrible at clock management and he is leading KC to a great record. Unfortunately, the average NFL coach is not the smartest bulb around.

  • r4kolb

    Good point. Hey LUKE can you get me an app for the position, I think I qualify.

  • mlc43

    I’m not a Texas fan by any means. I’m just acknowledging the fact that he has a tendency to jump ship. Also, there is the report out there that he was given another contract extension offer by Alabama last Friday that has had no response whatsoever. This is concerning to them, according to the article. He’s really not that old for this day and age, and he looks to be in good health. Again, not saying he is (I actually don’t think he will), but it isn’t as far out of the realm of possibility as you want to make out. I also, don’t think Texas is on a downward spiral. They have had some average years due to coaching, in my opinion. They recruit too well, though, to be down for long, and would be right back in a NC hunt with the right coaching staff.

  • r4kolb

    Are you a Browns fan? We are not going to make the playoffs for the second year in a row. I don’t care if we were 9-7…its a losing season.

  • Jason

    No bud not a Browns fan and regardless of your expectations 8-8 isn’t a losing season, disappointing yes but not losing.

  • Rick Eger

    Take my word for it Tomlin’s not going anywhere..

  • Rick Eger

    I don’t know and I don’t care, I just get tired of the rumors.

  • Todd Brown

    I’m not sure why this is so upsetting to people. Tomlin’s success in Pittsburgh, including the Super Bowl victory, came with a team that was largely put together by his predecessors. The stellar defense he had then is more of a credit to Lebeau than to Tomlin. Look, Tomlin is a likeable guy. I just don’t think he deserves all that much credit for winning with a team that was assembled when Cowher was the coach.

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