Coaching realignment and the dangers of social media …
--A lot of us will never get part of our Sunday afternoon back after chasing a bogus rumor that Mack Brown was being “forced out” at Texas. Not true. In fact, I’m told Brown has reached out to recruits to reiterate his commitment.
--I’m also told the coaching situation at Texas A&M won’t be resolved for a matter of days. As reported elsewhere, an A&M regent is close to Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. However, there is a list being considered. It’s clear from reports and the fact that Mike Sherman was fired that AD Bill Byrne is being marginalized in the decision. President R. Bow(tie)en Loftin continues to stick his nose in where it doesn’t belong.
A TAMU spokesman tweeted Sunday afternoon that there is no timeline for the search.
--Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has told former CBSSports.com staffer Bart Wright of the Greenville (S.C.) News that he would be interested in the Houston opening if Sumlin leaves. Morris has extensive connections back in Texas where he coached in high school.
There also appears to be some interest from Ohio State in Morris as Urban Meyer’s new OC. Bruce Feldman reported a “potential bidding war” may be developing between Clemson and the Buckeyes. Both Morris and Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele are expected to receive raises after the ACC championship.
--Meanwhile, former Colorado coach Gary Barnett has a key endorsement for the Colorado State job. Steve Fairchild was fired Sunday afternoon.