Mack Brown had a tremendous career as a college football coach, especially with the Texas Longhorns, but even at nearly 70-years old he still feels he has some coaching left in his bones.
This is according to Brown himself, via Josh Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix, Arizona, who had Brown on his show to discuss the now vacant Arizona State head coaching position.
Brown is apparently interested in talking to folks at ASU about the gig. Here’s what he said, per Gambadoro on Twitter:
Brown hasn’t coached since 2013, but frankly, he would be a huge steal for ASU because of his name recognition alone. He started his head coaching career at Tulane in 1985 but he really rose to prominence int he world of college football at North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to a 69-46 record, including a 3-2 bowl record, in 10 seasons.
Texas hired Brown to replace John Mackovic after the latter was fired, which led to a period of tremendous success for both Brown and the Longhorns. Texas went 158-48 in 16 seasons with Brown as head coach, winning multiple major bowl games, including a national championship in the 2005-06 Rose Bowl — a game that has gone down in history as perhaps one of the best ever.
So yeah, Brown would be a huge “get” for Arizona State, especially if he’s seriously interested. Currently serving as a commentator for ESPN, perhaps the old coaching bug has bit Brown once again and if he feels he has one more run in him, ASU would be crazy not to allow him to chance to scratch that itch.
Especially on the recruiting trail, where Brown was known as one of the best, the former Texas head coach could provide the Sun Devils with a massive edge in the Pac-12, and perhaps even put the program on the map nationally.