Mack Brown Steps Down as Texas Coach? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Mack Brown out, Texas

Mack Brown will step down as the head football coach for the University of Texas, Chip Brown of reported on Tuesday.

UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Texas is denying reports that Brown will step down.

Brown has just commented on the report, via, 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.

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

Mack Brown, 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

Mack Brown, Texas football

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.

3. He Won 2 Big 12 Championships and 1 National Championship

Mack Brown, Texas

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

Mack Brown, Texas football

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?

Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Texas

Rumors are already swirling of Alabama head coach Nick Saban taking the job at Texas.

Paul Finebaum, however, told that he believes Alabama is on the verge of announcing a new deal with Saban.

Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis and The Big Lead name Stanford’s David Shaw, Baylor’s Art Briles and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin among others as potential successors to Brown.

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