It's commonplace for beloved college football coaches around the nation to become athletic directors after their careers as head coaches start winding down. Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez and Oregon's Mike Belotti have been recent examples of this practice. Arkansas' Frank Broyles carved out a niche as Arkansas' AD for 30 years after he retired. However, Texas' Mack Brown is in a strange stance. The Longhorns are in the process of trying to force him out of his position while Athletic Director Deloss Dodds is willingly giving up his in 2014.
It seems like a natural fit to give Brown Dodds' old job. However, Brown is being defiant to the end.
Via Fox Sports:
"I don’t want to be the athletic director at Texas, that’s not my expertise. I don’t want to take wins as a football coach and have someone shove me into that position because they’d think I’d like it, that I deserve it or a ‘pat on the back.’ We need the best athletic director in the country to come in here and continue to move us forward. I would not be the right guy for Texas."
The timing is perfect, but Brown clearly still has the coaching bug and unlike Alvarez or Belotti, now that former coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp is at Florida, the new head coach won't be someone who served on Brown's staff. It wouldn't be surprising if Brown coached elsewhere after a year off. That'll just make things more awkward around campus than keeping the stuffed remains of your deceased family dog around the living room.