Posted December 14, 2013

Mack Brown resigns at Texas after 16 seasons

Big 12, Coach Firin' Season!, Coaching Carousel, Mack Brown, Texas Longhorns
Mack Brown

After 16 seasons at the helm, Mack Brown is officially out as the Longhorns head coach. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

After being the subject of speculation for much of the last three months, Mack Brown has officially resigned as Texas head coach, the school announced on Saturday. Brown will coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30.

The news was first reported by the Longhorn Network.

In a statement, Brown said that despite his successes in Austin, the program needed a change.

“Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided. With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It’s been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love The University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can’t thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that’s why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and president Bill Powers met with Brown on Friday afternoon, but Brown spoke at the team banquet on Friday without mentioning his job situation. Brown went 158-47 over 16 seasons with the Longhorns, including winning the BCS national championship following the 2005 campaign.

Patterson thanked Brown for his success with the Longhorns and said the coach has always wanted what was best for Texas.

“We appreciate everything Mack has done for The University of Texas. He’s been a tremendous coach, mentor, leader and ambassador for our university and our student-athletes. He is truly a college football legend. I’ve had a number of talks with him recently, and he has always said he wanted what was best for The University of Texas. I know this decision weighed heavily on him, and today he told us he’s ready to move forward.”

Brown came under heavy criticism the past few seasons, as the Longhorns finished 5-7 in 2010, 8-5 in ’11 and 9-4 in ’12. Texas lost early-season games to BYU (40-21 on Sept. 7) and Ole Miss (44-23 on Sept. 14) this year before ultimately finishing 8-4. In the Alamo Bowl press conference on Thursday, Brown skirted questions about his future, though he did take a few seconds to address the rumors. He staunchly reaffirmed his job status had not changed.

Brown’s meeting with Powers and Patterson was initially scheduled for Thursday, but it was pushed back to Friday afternoon. Several names (including Alabama coach Nick Saban, Baylor coach Art Briles and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh) have been tossed out as potential replacements for Brown, though nothing definitive has surfaced to date. But Alabama announced that it had reached an extension with Saban on Friday.

Powers said Brown’s decision to step down is a challenging one for the Texas program.

“This is a very difficult day for everyone in The University of Texas family. Mack Brown is one of the best football coaches in the country, a tremendous representative of our University, and, most importantly, a great friend. He has produced championship teams with tremendous student-athletes and has always done so with the utmost class and integrity. Mack is just the best and he will be missed. With that said, I’m excited for the future and the opportunity to work with him in a new capacity for the years to come and am thrilled that he and Sally will remain part of our family. He is an unbelievable resource for us and will always be a valuable member of the Longhorn community.”

In 2013, Brown’s coaching job was mostly admirable. The Longhorns dealt with a variety of injuries, including concussions to starting quarterback David Ash and crippling blows to the running game and defense. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired (and Greg Robinson appointed) following the loss the BYU, and the ‘Horns responded; they won six of their next seven games.

The job in Austin is one of the most coveted positions in college football, and attention will turn to the program’s high-profile coaching search. Patterson is new to the school’s AD gig, and this hire will shape his Texas legacy right off the bat.

63 comments
SouthJack
SouthJack

Has anyone given any consideration to OSU coach Mike Gundy?  He is young enough to breathe new life into the Texas program and he's experienced enough to consistently have a winning record and he's likable. The best reason of all - how great would the Red River Rivalry be between him and his nemesis OU coach Bob Stoops be!!!  Sounds like a perfect candidate to me!

zekenotfromcabincreek
zekenotfromcabincreek

Some postings below suggest that the University of Texas wants "class."  Maybe Texas should hire Jeff Tedford who, while coaching at an academically demanding world class university, demonstrated true class in 2004 in taking a knee and refusing to run up the score against Southern Mississippi in the last game of the season.   Meanwhile Mack Brown was whining and engaging in a disgusting display of public begging and politicking to sports writers around the country for which he was later widely reviled by analysts, writers and fans of the game.  It was an act that revealed Mack Brown's true self.  He did a disservice to NCAA football, the BCS system (such as it was) and honorable behavior in general.   He is a classless coach who runs with the bottom feeders among NCAA football coaches.  Surely the University of Texas, which claims to have high aspirations, can do better.   Someone should not be hard to find.

dandogwood
dandogwood

About time as Old mack became a disgrace for the millions paid to him

GregAllen
GregAllen

Mack is a class act.  The horns should appreciate him for everything he has done for that program.  That being said, I agree it is time for him to move on.  Tier two teams should not be competitive with a team of Texas' talent and facilities.

ScottAlexander
ScottAlexander

Truth be told the difference between two star recruits and five star is not as much as is made out. In some cases it can be suggested the five star recruits only got that rating during high school which is a far cry from the college ranks. Its a decent barometer but the coaching afterwards and how much the players put into it make for the final product. Chances are Texas will continue to have difficulty against the Baylor's and Kansas States of their division regardless of who they bring in. 

mikalrod
mikalrod

Please, hire Sarkisian from SC! 

BillFox1
BillFox1

be careful what you wish for...

LonghorninMaine
LonghorninMaine

Mack Brown is all class.  He is going to be missed.  I have no idea who can replace him.  All of that being said, it was time for him to go.  Let him ride off into the sunset and relax.  He brought us back to prominence.  Before Mack, a 9-4 season was a reach.  Now a 10 or 11 win season is the norm.  Thanks, Mack!


6marK6
6marK6

The reality? Mack Brown was earning $5.3 million a year as head coach of the University of Texas. He has the greatest facilities in college football and has his pick of four and five star recruits. Losing four games a year and barely beating programs like Iowa State and West Virginia this year and Kansas last year, it is unacceptable. A lot of people that were screaming for his head this year are now crying big old crocodile tears. We wanted him gone and now he is. Now we go get a big time coach, and that is NOT Will Muschamp!!!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I hear that Jim Harbaugh's wife was looking at houses in Austin.




Okay, I made that up.

Frank14
Frank14

college sports grossly out of whack.  All perspective has been lost.

A M
A M

An amazing thing: college football.  It controls the university, the staff make more than any of the professors, and alumni are never satisfied unless the team is #1 in the nation.

tallhoujim
tallhoujim

call lane "train wreck" kiffin hes available

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

mixed emotions, needed to happen but Mack Brown did so much for the University and with so much class. Whoever the new coach is, he'll have major shoes to fill.

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

The next Texas headline: "New Coach hired; but who will replace New Coach?"

megalodale
megalodale

@KalzyClassic.  Someone posting a comment of "who cares" on a story that they obviously cared enough to click on, read and comment. 

I guess the answer to your question is you.  "Kalzy" cares.

megalodale
megalodale

@6marK6 "We?"  Are you any of the following?

University of Texas athletic department employee assigned to the football program.
University of Texas athletic department employee assigned to another program.

Current football player at The University of Texas.

Former football player at The University of Texas. 

Current or former athlete in another sport at The University of Texas.

Current or former student at The University of Texas.

Major financial contributor to The University of Texas athletic department?

If not, there is no "we" in your case.

John4
John4

@Rickapolis I hear that Jimmy Johnson was looking at houses in Austin.  OK, I made that up too!

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Jim Harbaugh took over one of the most storied fanchisesin the NFL and almost led themto a Suber Bowl victory if not for the electrical incident, I m sorry but I have my doubts. Why would he want to downgrade back to college even if it is. One of the top 3 jobs. It makes no damn sense at the end of the day.

6marK6
6marK6

@Rickapolis KVET Radio has just aired your comment, you made the news.

BillFox1
BillFox1

@A M most professors are left wing hacks - and are worth about 10 cents in the information they spew on their poor unsuspecting students 

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@A M As for your not happy unless number 1 I would base that on the school.  For instance Minnesotas Alumni are happy not to be the doormat of the Big 10.  South Carolina's alumni have to be estatic that after years of looking like crap they look decent.  Washington's alumni rejoiced at getting Cris Peterson.  There are schools out there that are smaller and where just going .500 is a major thing.  Now in regards to the powerhouses I believe you are 100 percent correct.  Texas, Oklahoma, Bama, Florida, FSU, USC.  Anything less than number 1 is failure.

LeeCooper
LeeCooper

@A M sad fact..... football brings in more money then any group of 20-30 professors at any given school


6marK6
6marK6

@ErvinLBailey @SInow "Home"? He was only DC for a few years and a disaster of a head coach.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@tbradley2012 @SInow are you an idiot or trolling? He has a contract through 2020 which he could have either coached (which could have been a disaster) or waited to get fired (and taken the cash for the next 6 years) or resign because he knew he was losing the team.


He absolutely did what was best for the school. He resigned and left 6 years of paychecks there.

6marK6
6marK6

@megalodale @Kalzy megalodale, you seem bored. You offer no insight on any stories, just try to critique posters.

6marK6
6marK6

@megalodale @6marK6 YES, former student and have not missed a home game for over twenty years. And contributing booster. That good enough for you?

TH20
TH20

Why go to college when you can learn everything you need from talk radio.

John4
John4

@LeeCooper @A M Football brings in MORE MONEY than EVERY professor combined at a top 25 (for Football) Football University  

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

@LeeCooper @A M Only for a dozen or so of schools. The rest of the programs are subsidized by the university.  

BrentHull
BrentHull

@piizzadude @SInow He did not necessarily do for what was best for the school if the rumors are true that Saban was signed contingent on Mack resigning before the Alamo Bowl banquet.  When that did not happen Saban's signing with Alabama was announced during the Alamo Bowl banquet.  If that is true Mack was being a bit of a beyatch and he surely puts his legacy in peril with such a petulant play at the expense of the school.

A M
A M

@piizzadude@SInowso says the wisdom from a guy with the screen name of pizzadude. The interwebs...ah.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@A M @piizzadude @SInow so where am I wrong? He was within his rights to hang in until they fired him, and kept the cash. He had a good run for awhile, lost cotrol and left.