Why Texas should keep Mack Brown

Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't trading his houndstooth hat for cowboy boots.

And despite myriad Internet rumors, Saban's wife wasn't shopping for a new house in Austin, unless she was searching for a Texas vacation home.

On Friday night, Saban agreed to a new contract with the Crimson Tide, which he says will keep him coaching at Alabama until the end of his career. Saban already was the highest-paid coach in college football, earning $5.7 million per year, and his new deal is expected to pay him between $7 million and $7.5 million, according to the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. That's close to $1 million per SEC victory, according to my math, as long as Saban doesn't send his kicker on the field to try a 57-yard field goal at the end of the Iron Bowl again.

Saban, who has guided Alabama to three of the past four BCS national championships, isn't taking over Texas. So what are the Longhorns supposed to do?

How about keeping the coach who is already there?

Mack Brown met with university president Bill Powers and athletics director Steve Patterson on Friday, and no decision about the coach's future was specifically addressed after their meeting, although signs now point toward Brown returning for a 17th season at Texas in 2014.

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