Mack Brown will step down as the head football coach for the University of Texas, Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com reported on Tuesday.
High-level sources tell http://t.co/Pb827xg41z Mack Brown will step down as coach at Texas after 16 years.
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) December 10, 2013
UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Texas is denying reports that Brown will step down.
THIS JUST IN: Texas denies report that Mack Brown will step down as Longhorns coach. Board of Regents to meet Thursday. (via @schadjoe)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 10, 2013
Brown has just commented on the report, via 247sports.com, saying “I’m in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down.”
Additionally, ABC News reports that Joe Jamail, Brown’s friend and attorney, told the Associated Press that Brown is not resigning.
Still, CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman says the original report will ultimately prove to be true.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 10, 2013
Regardless of whether Brown stays or doesn’t stay, a decision isn’t expected before a meeting on Thursday with the Texas Board of Regents, USA Today reports.
UPDATE: Brown was tight-lipped at a press conference in San Antonio on Thursday morning as the Longhorns prepare to take on the Oregon Ducks in the Alamo Bowl. He continued to direct focus onto the players and the upcoming bowl game amid much speculation about his future at Texas.
There’s been a little speculation about my job situation,” Brown told the media at Thursday’s press conference. “We’re not here to talk about me. My situation has not changed. I have the best president in the country in Bill Powers. He’s done a tremendous job. We’ve lost an iconic athletic director in DeLoss Dodds. He’s been my boss for 16 years. We hired what I think is a great athletic director in Steve Patterson.
1. Brown Has Spent the Last 16 Seasons at Texas
Texas hired Brown as head coach in 1998. Before coming to Texas, Brown spent spent 10 seasons as the head football coach at the University of North Carolina.
Texas, coming off an 8-4 regular season, will play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl at the end of December.
2. Texas Will Buy Out His Contract
The 62-year-old Brown, who is under contract through the end of 2020, earned a healthy $5.4 million this year. He will receive the $2.75 million buyout in his contract, according to Brown’s report.
According to ESPN’S Darren Rovell, this buyout is extremely low.
Mack Brown's buyout is ridiculously low as a percentage of total $ left on his deal http://t.co/guAGAPPonh
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 10, 2013
3. He Won 2 Big 12 Championships and 1 National Championship
Brown led the Longhorns to a pair of Big 12 championships (2005, 2009) and one national championship (2005).
4. Texas Has Struggled in Recent Years
With a 30-10 loss to Baylor on December 7th, Brown became the first Texas coach in history to suffer four consecutive seasons with at least four losses. The Longhorns have failed to win 10 games since earning a trip to the national championship in 2009.
5. Will Nick Saban Replace Him?
Rumors are already swirling of Alabama head coach Nick Saban taking the job at Texas.
— Rivals.com (@Rivals) December 10, 2013
Paul Finebaum, however, told AL.com that he believes Alabama is on the verge of announcing a new deal with Saban.
Nick Saban on 9/19/13 about Texas rumors, “I'm just too damn old to start over somewhere else.”
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 10, 2013