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Mack Brown resigns as Texas coach

Mack Brown TexasMack Brown is resigning from his position as head coach of the Texas Longhorns after all.

A day after it was reported that Brown was fighting for his job and that he would remain as the coach of the Texas Longorhons, Texas announced that the 62-year-old would resign.

The Longhorn Network first reported the news and added that Brown told his players and recruits about his plans.

Brown will coach Texas for the Alamo Bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30. That likely won’t shape up as a nice sendoff for him as Oregon is a much better team.

Texas issued this statement from Brown:

“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.”

Speculation had been swirling throughout the week that Brown would resign before long, so the news comes as no surprise.

After taking over Texas in 1998, Brown returned the football program to national prominence. He won double-digit games every season from 2001-2009 and he brought the school a national championship in the 2005 season. The success he enjoyed was on par with Darrell Royal, and he will be remembered by Longhorns fans for all the great things he did for the school much more than the last four disappointing seasons that led to his resignation.

Nick Saban paged over intercom at Texas airport as a joke

Nick-SabanAlabama will not have the opportunity to compete for a third straight national championship this season. Mack Brown is expected to announce by the end of the week that he has stepped down as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. What does one thing have to do with the other? If nothing else, it means the rumors about Nick Saban potentially leaving Alabama to coach at Texas aren’t going to stop.

Saban has brushed aside talk of him joining the Longhorns in the past. On Tuesday, some jokesters had a little fun with the speculation at Austin-Bergstrom International airport in Texas. Chase Goodbread of NFL.com rounded up several tweets from people who were at the airport and confirmed that Saban was paged over the intercom system.

Of course, Saban was not in Texas. He was actually in Ohio making some recruiting rounds earlier in the day. Yes, recruiting for the Crimson Tide.

Saban’s agent reportedly said back in January that Texas is the only job that could make Saban consider leaving Alabama. Now that Brown is expected to step down, Saban is going to be peppered with questions about the Longhorns. He’s not going to like it.

Mack Brown will reportedly step down at Texas

Mack Brown TexasMack Brown is stepping down as the coach of the Texas Longhorns, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. Texas is 8-4 this season after a 30-10 loss to Baylor over the weekend. The Longhorns will face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Brown is expected to make the announcement by the end of this week.

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

Last week, a report from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel indicated that Brown was likely to step down.

The 62-year-old is expected to coach in the Alamo Bowl, which will cap off his 16-year career as the head coach of the Longhorns. His 158 wins are second only to Darrell Royal, who had 167 wins in his career at Texas.

Brown is under contract through 2020, but he will reportedly receive a $2.75 million buyout and other considerations. His contract states that he is to be “reassigned to another significant position” within UT’s athletic department if he voluntarily relinquishes his duties as head coach. That position would pay an annual salary of $500,000.

Since losing to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, Texas has gone 30-20 and not exactly been the national powerhouse Brown had built in the earlier part of the 21st century. Brown won a national championship with the Longhorns in 2005, which was the school’s first title since 1970.

This was seemingly the best outcome for all parties involved. While it’s difficult for any coach to “step down,” it’s better for Brown and the school to have the relationship end mutually. No one wants to fire one of the greatest coaches in school history, and Texas is clearly ready to move on.

Could Mack Brown step down at Texas?

Mack Brown TexasThe eyes (and ears) of Texas will be focused again on Texas coach Mack Brown this weekend.

Brown’s Longhorns visit Baylor on Saturday. Although the game could produce the Big 12 champion, Brown’s future as Texas coach will be one of the bigger storylines playing out.

A “high-ranking Texas official” told SI.com that no decision has been made on Brown’s future. Still, the season-long speculation, which has included rumors of Nick Saban replacing Brown, increases as the Longhorns cap their regular-season campaign against the ninth-ranked Bears.

“It’s up in the air,” a source told SI’s Pete Thamel regarding Brown’s future. “My thought is he’ll probably do the right thing for himself and Texas and step down. But coaches have something in their DNA that don’t normally let them do that. How many times have you seen it? With [Joe] Paterno or [Bobby] Bowden? People forget Darrell Royal was 5-5-1 in his last season.”

The late Royal, though, was a god at Texas. Brown hasn’t reached that rarefied air despite guiding the ‘Horns to the 2005 BCS national championship after stunning USC and the 2009 title game before falling to Alabama. Brown, who hasn’t made any public comments regarding his future, is under contract until 2020 at $5.4 million per season. When rumors about Nick Saban having interest in the Texas job arose, Brown’s agent threatened legal action against anyone trying to force out his client. But the years left on Brown’s contract mean little since the wealthy Longhorns’ program could provide him a generous buyout. Brown is expected to meet at some point to discuss his future with recently-hired athletic director Steve Patterson and school president Bill Powers.

A win over Baylor would put Patterson in an awkward position, particularly if Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma on Saturday, giving the conference championship to the Longhorns. After opening the season 1-2, Brown has led Texas (8-3) to wins in seven of its past eight games, including a dominating 36-20 upset of Oklahoma on Oct. 12. He fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after losing to BYU in the second game of the season. The Longhorns bounced back, a Nov. 16 loss to Oklahoma State being the only blemish during their last eight games.

Still, as much as many Longhorn die-hards continue to call for Brown’s head, it would be a difficult scenario for Patterson to deliver it if the 62-year-old coach wins out and decides he wants to return. Brown also carries considerable weight with Powers, who probably would nix any attempt by Patterson to relieve the coach of his duties. But Brown also could be weary of critics calling for his dismissal or for him to step down. Or, as some have suggested, Brown should “do the right thing.”

DeLoss Dodds stepping down as Texas AD spells bad news for Mack Brown

DeLoss DoddsDeLoss Dodds reportedly will announce on Tuesday that he will step down as the athletic director at Texas on Aug. 31, 2014, which likely means Mack Brown will be out as head coach of the Longhorns.

There was a report from Orangeblood’s Chip Brown on Sept. 13 that Dodds would step down as AD, but Dodds denied that report. It looks like Brown was accurate with his reporting.

The Austin American Statesman said the announcement was originally planned for Monday but has been postponed until Tuesday because of the death of James Street.

Dodds oversaw the hiring of Brown as the school’s football coach and Augie Garrido as the school’s baseball coach, both of whom produced national championships. He also increased the overall value and popularity of the Texas Longhorns athletic brand and started the Longhorn Network, which was signed by ESPN to a 20-year, $300 million deal.

There is pressure on Texas to make a decision on Brown sooner rather than later now that USC is also in the market for a head football coach. The two programs are on similar levels of historic greatness and prestige, and will likely be competing for some of the same coaches.

Another interesting note from The Statesman is that Andrew Luck’s father, Oliver, who is the AD at West Virginia, could be a top candidate to replace Dodds.

Nick Saban interested in Texas? His agent spoke to their regents

Nick SabanNick Saban has put together a dynasty at Alabama and seems to be happy there, but if one job could make him leave Tuscaloosa, it might be Texas. According to a report, at least one side has interest in that happening.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, spoke with University of Texas regents shortly after the BCS National Championship Game in January.

Regent Wallace Hall and former regent Tom Hicks, who is the former Texas Rangers owner, spoke with Sexton. Hicks was instrumental in bringing Mack Brown from North Carolina to Texas in 1997. Hicks later met with Brown for lunch and asked whether the coach was ready to step down and retire. Brown said no, so the matter was dropped. Based on that information, it seems like Saban’s camp was at least open to discussing the possibility of making a move to Texas.

Brown is under contract with Texas through 2020 and making $5.4 million this year. Saban, whose team has won the national championship three of the last four years, earns $5.6 million per season.

Texas was one of the best programs in the last decade. The Longhorns won at least 10 games per season every year from 2001-2009, including a 13-0 national championship season in 2005. They went 13-1 season in 2009 and lost to Bama in the title game. But Texas has gone 23-18 since then, including a 5-7 season in 2010.

Texas is off to a 1-2 start this season and got embarrassed in losses to BYU and Ole Miss. Could Brown be forced out somehow if the program doesn’t improve? And would Saban consider leaving Alabama for Texas if the job were available? I definitely think he would consider it. If not simply for the new challenge, then at least to get more money from Bama.

Texas replaces DC Manny Diaz with only guy who might be worse

Greg Robinson MichiganThe Texas Longhorns embarrassed themselves on Saturday night by allowing BYU to rush for 550 yards in a 40-21 defeat. The shameful performance left fans demanding the head of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, and they got what they wanted on Sunday. Diaz was removed as DC and will be reassigned within the athletic department. But there is one big problem with the move: Texas somehow managed to replace Diaz with the only guy who might be worse.

Texas ruined any optimism about a coordinator change by announcing that Greg Robinson would be taking over. Robinson is a former co-defensive coordinator at Texas and had been working as a video analyst for the program.

“Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,” Texas coach Mack Brown said in a statement released on Sunday. “Greg will be here tonight and get with the staff and players to start preparing for Ole Miss. He will be running our defense immediately. We’re very fortunate that Greg has been around, watched all of our practice video and has a good scouting report moving forward.”

Now here is where we remind you that Robinson is the guy who ruined the Syracuse program during a 4-year tenure as head coach, and then went on to embarrass himself as Rich Rodriguez’s defensive coordinator at Michigan.

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