Today, we're breaking down the resumes of the various potential candidates for the Texas head coaching job.
The following is a list of 25 coaches whose names have been mentioned or tied to the job to some extent in the past month, plus the qualifications that could make them candidates to lead the Longhorns following the Mack Brown era.
25 potential Texas candidates
Gary Andersen, Wisconsin: A wild card at best, Andersen has 27 years of college experience and impressed at Utah State and first season in Madison.
Art Briles, Baylor: Potential frontrunner turned Baylor from doormat to dominant, strong track record of talent development.
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State: Rose Bowl champion has built Spartans into perennial Big Ten title contenders, runs a disciplined program.
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: Has quickly built dynasty-in-the-making at FSU. Could he walk away from a Heisman winner and national title team?
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: Wildcat grad led program to five straight bowl games before a 5-7 season in 2013.
James Franklin, Vanderbilt: High-energy program builder whose quick turnaround at Vandy and recruiting prowess has impressed.
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: Big-time immediate recruiting success has the Rebels ready to start contending in the SEC.
Al Golden, Miami: Another dark horse whose name hasn't gotten much traction, Golden is doing promising things in his tenure with the Hurricanes.
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: Hard to see him leaving his alma mater, but Gundy is winner running a program powered by Texas talent.
Jon Gruden, ESPN: Former NFL coach only has 5 years college experience but could be a hit, especially with Longhorn Network viewers.
Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers: A no-brainer hire if he's willing to return to college, Harbaugh has been to both a Super Bowl and a BCS bowl.
John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens: Hard to see this one happening, but the defending Super Bowl champion's name has been floated in the past.
Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles: A show-cause penalty is problematic and Kelly is succeeding in Philly, but he'd be a home-run hire for Texas.
Les Miles, LSU: National championship coach, beloved trickster, elite recruiter, total package.
Urban Meyer, Ohio State: Another elite veteran who's been near-perfect in two seasons at OSU.
Jim L. Mora, UCLA: Quickly took over the city of Los Angeles with a strong staff and solid recruiting, despite minimal college experience.
Gus Malzahn, Auburn: Signed an extension last moth after proving himself as program-changer.
Will Muschamp, Florida: Only candidate here who has Texas experience and was once coach-in-waiting.
Gary Patterson, TCU: Built a mid-major powerhouse that's still adjusting to Big 12 play, but has history of strong defenses.
Mark Richt, Georgia: Unlikely to express interest, but a successful SEC coach with a strong track record.
Nick Saban, Alabama: The Kingmaker. No need to say much more.
David Shaw, Stanford: Gone to three straight BCS bowls in three season and wins big at an academic power with power football.
Charlie Strong, Louisville: Finally landed first head job at 49 and built Cards up fast, with two conference titles and BCS bowl win in four seasons
Dabo Swinney, Clemson: Certainly a qualified candidate, his Tigers have won 10+ in three straight years and are consistent contenders.
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: One of the best coaches in the NFL has Super Bowl rings and is plenty popular, but also has 11 years college experience.
Successful hires, 2009-13
Recent history tells us that successful head coaches and home-run hires can come from all kinds of places.
For our story on Texas' coaching search, we compared the resumes of 25 of the most successful BCS conference hires from the last five years to find trends. By successful, we're talking division and conference titles, BCS title game appearances, big turnarounds and instant impacts. A review of where these coaches came from:
Gary Andersen, Wisconsin: Head coach, Utah State
Gene Chizik, Auburn: Head coach, Iowa State
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: Offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting, Florida State
James Franklin, Vanderbilt: Offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting, Maryland
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss: Head coach, Arkansas State
Al Golden, Miami: Head coach, Temple
Todd Graham, Arizona State: Head coach, Pittsburgh
Mark Helfrich, Oregon: Offensive coordinator, Oregon
Brade Hoke, Michigan: Head coach, San Diego State
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame: Head coach, Cincinnati
Chip Kelly, Oregon: Offensive coordinator, Oregon
Jerry Kill, Minnesota: Head coach, Northern Illinois
Mike Leach, Washington State: Took previous season off
Gus Malzahn, Auburn: Head coach, Arkansas State
Urban Meyer, Ohio State: Took previous season off
Jim L. Mora, UCLA: Took previous season off
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State: Offensive coordinator, Florida
Will Muschamp, Florida: Defensive coordinator, Texas
Bill O'Brien, Penn State: Offensive coordinator, New England Patriots
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: Took previous season off
David Shaw, Stanford: Offensive coordinator, Stanford
Bill Snyder, Kansas State: Took previous season off
Charlie Strong, Louisville: Defensive coordinator, Florida
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M: Head coach, Houston
Dabo Swinney, Clemson: Wide receivers coach, Clemson