Posted December 10, 2013

Report indicates Mack Brown set to step down as Texas coach; Texas promptly denies

Mack Brown, Texas Longhorns
Mack Brown

Mack Brown has been the coach at Texas for the last 16 seasons. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty Images)

The Mack Brown era at Texas is reportedly coming to an end. According to Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com, Brown will step down this week.

Per the report:

“Mack Brown loves Texas and wants what’s in the best interest of Texas and what’s in the best interest of Mack Brown,” one high-level source said. “I don’t think it’s been an easy decision. But he doesn’t want negativity around the program he helped unify.”

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, however, the school has denied the report, saying that the Board of Regents will meet on Thursday. Brown’s attorney told the AP that the coach “has not resigned.” Brown also denied the report to 247 Sports, 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.”

All of this comes on the heels of an earlier report which indicated that Brown’s future would be decided in the next 48 hours. In his 16 years with the Longhorns, Brown has a 158-47 record. He won the national championship following the 2005 season.

Brown’s recent record, though, has been underwhelming. Texas has gone just 30-20 the past four seasons, and missed a bowl game altogether in 2010. There has been rampant speculation about the identity of the next coach ever since the Longhorns’ 44-23 loss to Ole Miss on Sept. 14 dropped them to 1-2. On Nov. 5, Texas hired former Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson to replace longtime AD DeLoss Dodds.

With a huge athletic budget and revenue from the Longhorn Network, Texas is sure to aim high when, and if, Brown steps down (of course, Alabama coach Nick Saban has been mentioned as a candidate ad nauseam). But it will be critical that whoever the school hires be able to sustain consistent success from the get-go. Recruiting is never difficult for the Longhorns; it’s what a coach does with the all those prospects that ultimately matters.

There is still plenty of blue-chip talent on the Texas roster, and there will be a lot of pressure on the school to nail the hiring of its first new coach in 16 years.

41 comments
floorme1955
floorme1955

IF, Brown actually leaves-- SABAN is simply a bad fit--my guess- 

David Shaw- Stanford HEAD COACH--  23-4 over 2 seasons--  Stanford grad- so extremely smart-- 

Here is something I looked up: 

Stanford- AVG. SAT 2215

TEXAS - AVG SAT= 1865


Can you imagine how much better Coach Shaw could do with players that are 350 SAT points lower? 


In Stanford you have Doctors in CLEATS-- in TEXAS Football Players in CLEATS

ElvisDoc
ElvisDoc

Saban is 2 months younger than Brown....2 months.  A Saban hire would be idiotic for Texas.  They will go after a younger coach....likely Chad Morris at Clemson or Art Briles at Baylor.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

I deny Texas is even a state. It's more like a very large "skid mark" on the arse of the nation.....well, actually Austin is pretty nice! 

BobDelConte
BobDelConte

I think he should stay. He has coached there for many years. Why leave? There are always going to be ups and downs when you coach at 1 school for so long. He is a veteran coach, keep him. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

The Mack Brown era at Texas is reportedly coming to an end. According to Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com, Brown will step down this week."

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Then the AD said: "we are waiting until NEXT week, SUNDAY to dump him."

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

As an outsider looking in, it seems Mack Brown is much like Lame Kiffin at USC.  Every year, you have 5 star recruits signing up for both schools and every year you have these two schools under-performing.  There is a definite lack of player development at both schools.  When Ed Orgeron took over at USC, he was able to get a USC team to compete and win against tough opponents, something Lame could not do.  So a coaching change if definitely needed at USC as it is at UT.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Everyone who can read (aTm fans can ask a friend to read to them) knows the UT blogs have been hot for Mack's head for the last 3 years, and its at the boiling point now; I think they're trying to force the issue with this. UT fandom is not as adamant but still unhappy. Real power lies with the old fogeys. If they could get a "real deal" replacement, they would. But there are very few of those available (Saban is NOT NOT NOT interested). Mack's AD protector is now gone, and contract buy-out $ is no issue. I'm betting the Horns ARE looking... and if they find the right man WILL retire Mack. But so far, no success. So Mack will be back in '14... unless...

mcgrami
mcgrami

Maybe they will sign Will Muschamp.......

Schrobblehead
Schrobblehead

Mack Brown isn't the problem and they should not force him out unless they have a clear top-notch replacement that is actually available.  


Texas should stop dreaming about Saban.  Even if Saban were willing to leave Alabama, he's 62 years old and is not the long-term solution they need.


Gary Patterson would be an excellent choice and after a down year at TCU might be willing to take on a new challenge with UT.

Cool
Cool

So they charge one dude with impersonating school officials and calling up coaches offering them jobs, and now a SI writer has gotten a call from another impersonator claiming to be a Texas official.  I think the fact that Mack is our recruiting is probably the best indicator that this is bogus.. however it doesn't mean they aren't trying to force him to resign and will end up firing him.

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

Read: what's in the best interest of Mack Brown, period.

Aggie81
Aggie81

Notice:  With Texas Tech and Baylor already playing up tempo offense and other Big Xii schools taking a serious look at it, Texas needs a NEW direction and Head Coach. 

WHAT revenue from the Longhorn network ?  Only ones watching are a small percentage of Texas Ex's.  Several cable and other providers across the U.S. don't want to carry it because of its LOW ratings.

"Recruiting is never difficult..."  - better take a closer look at those numbers compared to A&M in the past 2 years.  Also, with Tech and Baylor playing up tempo, more H.S. recruits are going to sign elsewhere.


I thought it was the A.D.'s job to hire or fire the head coach...  Maybe the regents need to approve the buy-out payment.


Tune in on late Thursday evening, or Friday to see if the Mac Brown era comes to an end.


Chuckster
Chuckster

I heard from a friend of my 12 year old who has a friend's brother, Rajeesh, who's uncle's best friend's neighbor owns a 7-11 in Topeka THAT.....Saban was heard laughing at Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory and we all know that Sheldon is from...... TEXAS.    There it is.

ChrisOliver
ChrisOliver

My Realtor told me he heard Nick Saban's wife was looking for houses in Austin. So there, another high level source.

ZachCortez
ZachCortez

Chip Brown is an idiot... always claiming a source.. well then disclose it... 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

So who released the report that he's leaving? The 'high level' sources? Was it done to try and force him out? You have to wonder.

JJStauber
JJStauber

@SInow Not true. Texas denied the report. A decision will be made Thursday.

midtownatlcoffee
midtownatlcoffee

@NeoSmith People need to be patient. From 1960-1966 Bear Bryant went 68-6-3 at Bama.  Then he had 4 years from '67-'70 where he went 28-15-2, including '69 and '70 where he went 6-5 each year. In Today's world he would have been let go.  Had 'Bama done that they would have missed out on 1971-1975 where he went 54-6 and finished in the top 5 each year.  Programs are cyclical, even with the same coach.

JimmyGallo
JimmyGallo

@NeoSmith Mack won a National Championship Lane Kiffin never won anything and to compare the two does a disservice to both. Being that Mack is a class act and Kiffin is far from it..


shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

Yes, right !!! Like Muslechamp has burned it up Florida.

Chuckster
Chuckster

Texas might be better off trying to land Kirby Smart....  though he'd be hard to pry from 'Bama especially since he is the heir apparent to Saban.

Chuckster
Chuckster

Just don't see it happening.  'Bama will be in the top 3 again next few seasons with the recruiting classes he has, plus 'Bama will match anything anyone brings + $$$.   Just doesn't make sense to start over and build again.

maddbuddah
maddbuddah

At A&M 8-4 will double your salary.

At UT 8-4 will get you fired.



HarshRealities
HarshRealities

High level source is someone who has been smoking some good stuff.

usamnt
usamnt

@JimmyGallo@NeoSmithHuge Longhorn fan here but I must admit - Brown hasn't done much w/o College Hall of Fame talent around him. He inherited Ricky Williams, then Vince and Colt were superstars at the QB positions. Outside of their ability to own games, I've not seen the longhorns be dominant with any regularity.

shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

No, Lames wife might try out for cheerleader !


ElvisDoc
ElvisDoc

@maddbuddah  Let me splain it for ya.  Big difference between 8-4 as a second year hire and 8-4 at year 16.  Aggies own recruiting now in Texas and as the only SEC team in state, that will continue.