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Rick Neuheisel Thinks Mack Brown Would Be The "Perfect Choice" At Tennessee

Texas Longhorns coach Mack Brown calling a timeout.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns calls a timeout in front of head linesman Al Green during play with the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on November 23, 2007 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Everyone has an opinion on who Tennessee should hire as its next coach.

Tennessee fired head coach Butch Jones on Saturday after another lackluster performance - this time against Missouri - and everyone is trying to figure out who the Volunteers are going to hire next. One college football analyst thinks a former Texas head coach would be the "perfect choice" for the gig.

Rick Neuheisel, who has been the head coach at Colorado, Washington and UCLA at different points in his career, thinks that former Texas head coach Mack Brown should be the guy to take over in Knoxville.

Here's what he had to say, via ESPN Radio.

"The guy that I think they need to really consider and it's going to sound crazy to you but consider it before you say anything - Mack Brown.

Mack Brown, now recall what he did at North Carolina. He went to Texas, which is as big a brand as any. He built the program. He ended up finding a way. His doom, if there was such a thing as what caused the fall of the Brown era at Texas, was that they got too good at recruiting.

They were the kind of recruiting outfit that as soon as they signed their kids on the first Wednesday in February, the next Saturday they'd have what they called Junior Day and they would take 21 to 23 commits because everybody wanted to come. The Vince Young, Colt McCoy eras were that fertile. Everybody wanted to come to Texas and they lost their ability to evaluate in the senior year.

So quarterbacks like RG3 and Johnny Manziel all were going elsewhere. Once you make a pick at a quarterback position and he commits to you, you don't get to say, "hey, ya know, we're going to think elsewhere" because you poison the tree of that particular high school coaching staff and you don't know what long-term effects that has. But they went too early because there was such a clamoring to get in.

Mack Brown is from the state of Tennessee. Mack Brown is a proven entity and CEO, and if you're going to beat Nick Saban and beat the guys you have to take down in an SEC world, you better have somebody that knows how to do it. I think Mack Brown would be the perfect choice at Tennessee."

You can listen to Neuheisel's segment here:

It's hard to see Brown, at 66 years old, heading to a program that would take years to rebuild. But you never know.