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Texas AD says contract extension in discussion for Mack Brown

Mack Brown, Henry Josey AP

So much for any rumors that Mack Brown would, ahem, “retire” from Texas following the 2011 football season.

Brown had been a part of the coaching carousel rumor mill for the past few weeks — nothing we’ve found to be credible, mind you — suggesting that the long-time coach could be gently asked by the school’s athletic administration to, you know, not return next season.

Or, “fixing the glitch” for you “Office Space” fans.

But, UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds has firmly denied any such rumors about Brown’s future, and told the Dallas Morning News today that the school was¬†considering a contract extension with Brown for more than one year. Brown is currently in the middle of a contract through 2016 that pays him roughly $5 million annually.

Dodds didn’t give specifics about the proposed contract and the school’s Board of Regents hasn’t approved anything yet, but UT apparently still has plenty of faith in the Mack Brown gas tank for the immediate future despite the fact that¬†Texas has averaged six wins in the last two years after appearing in their second national championship in five years.

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5 Responses to “Texas AD says contract extension in discussion for Mack Brown”
  1. gorilladunk says: Dec 27, 2011 9:46 AM

    Mack is well paid and already has a deal through ’16. Why would they give him and extension after the performance of his team the last two seasons ? Do they think he might leave? I’m all for guys getting paid when they deserve it, but the horns have done little on the field the past two seasons to make anyone think Mack deserves any more money or security. On the other hand, maybe they’re rewarding him for t-shirt and cap sales.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Dec 27, 2011 12:28 PM

    It’s rumored that the contract extension would be designed to address recruits’ concerns (stoked by negative recruiting) that Mack might not be there much longer, but 2016 is five years down the road. But the presence of action, even if it’s to add on years that will never come to fruition, could accomplish the objective of alleviating concerns.

  3. pricecube says: Dec 27, 2011 1:54 PM

    Is there a coach who does less with more in college football? Great recruiter though.

  4. romoscollarbone says: Dec 27, 2011 2:59 PM

    College extensions really are a bit puzzling at times. I see guys signed thru 2020, and such, crazy 7 yr ext. etc. I could recruit kids to UT. You ever see the women in Austin? The good food? And oh btw the history and facilities of the program. Mack should never go 6-6, 7-5 or even 8-4. It’s not like bball where kids can leave after the first year.

  5. deucez2 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:31 PM

    Talent evaluation and development have lacked at TX since the 08 season. A lot of that falls on the staff under Mack and he has mentioned he let his guard down as well. That’s why he re-tooled the staff and the S&C program. This extension is purely a play to ward off the negative recruiting rumors that other schools have used lately. Mack will be gone before 2015 but it will be his decision.

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