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Texas to hand Mack Brown a long-term contract extension

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Back in late December, amid baseless speculation that Mack Brown would be gently nudged into retirement, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds responded to the rumors by stating that the school was looking into a revamped contract for the long-time coach.

Less than a month later, that contract discussion is getting set to commence in earnest.

The school’s Board of Regents will hold a meeting via a conference call Thursday, and there’s only one item on the agenda — Brown’s contract.  The board’s focus is expected to be on the length of the deal; the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that the new deal will extend four years beyond its current end date.

Brown’s current deal, which was agreed upon in December of 2009 and runs through the 2016 season, paid him $5.2 million in 2011.  That figure made him the highest-paid Div. 1-A head coach in the country last season.

The American-Statesman reports that there will be no raise involved in the revamped deal, although Brown’s expected to receive a $100,000 annual raise as called for in the old deal.

The 60-year-old Brown will be entering his 15th season with the Longhorns this year.  A 13-win season in 2009 — UT’s ninth straight 10-win-plus season — was followed by two seasons in which the Longhorns won a combined 13 games.

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17 Responses to “Texas to hand Mack Brown a long-term contract extension”
  1. maximus929 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:17 PM

    Great. Now if he could only use the best QB instead of the worst.

  2. timh1955 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:22 PM

    Unbelievable!! He is NOT a good coach as evidenced by his w/l record the past two years when UT was loaded with five star recruits. And they extend his contract??? Incredible!

  3. jaxsat says: Jan 23, 2012 10:27 PM

    This is crazy! Brown has seen his best days at UT. I am shocked they are extending.

  4. mrslay1 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:29 PM

    Good OL Mack. He’s not the best in x’s and o’s but he runs a class program which is something to be proud of these day’s!

  5. 13yrsmlbvet says: Jan 23, 2012 11:24 PM

    Everybody else in that conference just got better

  6. jonanthans says: Jan 23, 2012 11:52 PM

    Doesn’t matter.

    Nick Saban will be available within the next 3 seasons.

    He went to LSU, turned the program around and won a NC. Job complete.

    He went to Alabama and turned the program around and has won 2 NCs so far. Job complete.

    Saban likes the challenge of turning programs around. He gets bored easily, and now that Bama is among the elite again, he will be looking for the next challenge.

    UofT will pay whatever it takes. With the talent available to the Longhorns, he will once again turn a program around and win a NC.

    Mark it down. Nick Saban will be in Austin within 3 years.

  7. timh1955 says: Jan 24, 2012 12:00 AM

    Why would Brown go to UT when he’s at the premier college program in the country and he makes as much as Brown does now? In addition, Bama will always pay more than any other college, including UT. He will retire at Bama as there is no where to go as he is at the the top college program in the country.

  8. timh1955 says: Jan 24, 2012 12:01 AM

    * that should have read…”Why would SABAN go to UT”

  9. barmyinpalmy says: Jan 24, 2012 5:13 AM

    If Saban really wants a challange, then he can head off to Knoxville next season when they look for another new coach.

  10. pjduffey says: Jan 24, 2012 8:32 AM

    Maybe not so surprising given the succession rumors at UT. Since apparently the plan is for Brown to take Dodd’s job when Brown steps down from HC, it’s not too big a shock that Dodd would push for an extension. Besides, Mack has a pretty stellar record and it’s tough to tell whether the past couple of years were outliers or part of a new downward trend. Hope that UT doesn’t end up like ND–a ten year contract that they want to cancel two years in.

    I don’t buy the Saban to UT routine. Maybe he leaves Bama, but I dont think it’s to UT. In any event, it wouldn’t be about money–although I wouldn’t mind watching a Bama/Texas bidding war!

    I thought the rumors were that Petersen (sp? I always get it wrong) was Texas’ post-Brown plan and that was one of the reasons he has stuck with Boise.

    Who knows. Just rumors.

  11. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 24, 2012 10:47 AM

    jonanthans says:

    He went to LSU, turned the program around and won a NC. Job complete.

    He went to Alabama and turned the program around and has won 2 NCs so far. Job complete.

    Saban likes the challenge of turning programs around. He gets bored easily, and now that Bama is among the elite again, he will be looking for the next challenge.
    *****************************************

    Since he is so great then one would expect him to take his talents to the best of the best…….the NFL.

    Oh wait, we know how that turned out.

  12. philliesblow says: Jan 24, 2012 10:58 AM

    Saban likes money. If Saban liked challenges, he would have never left Michigan State.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Jan 24, 2012 1:53 PM

    timh1955 says:Jan 24, 2012 12:00 AM

    Why would Brown go to UT when he’s at the premier college program in the country and he makes as much as Brown does now? In addition, Bama will always pay more than any other college, including UT. He will retire at Bama as there is no where to go as he is at the the top college program in the country.
    =================================
    Really? Didn’t Dennis Franchione leave Alabama to coach at A&M because Alabama wasn’t willing to pay as much? Didn’t Alabama go for Shula on the cheap? Alabama has shown a willingness much more recently, but to say that they’ll always pay more than any other college, including the university that is paying Mack Brown more than Nick Saban is earning, is ridiculous. Kudos to them for dedicating big-time funds to paying Saban, but they haven’t always gone that way, and you also specifically missed that Saban is not the highest-paid coach in the NCAA.

  14. burntorangehorn says: Jan 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    I don’t think Saban’s a likely fit for UT. There’s no denying that he does more with less at this point than Mack Brown does, at least in terms of winning, but it’s the things outside of wins/losses that make him an unlikely candidate, like interfacing with the powers-that-be at Texas, running arguably the cleanest and most compliant program in the NCAA, etc. Saban doesn’t seem to have the patience for dancing for alumni (admittedly, I wouldn’t either), treating players like human beings, etc. He just wins, which obviously most weigh more than anything else, but the Texas program places more value on some of those other details. I definitely appreciate that, even though it arguably comes at the expense of maximizing wins.

  15. imaduffer says: Jan 24, 2012 2:10 PM

    If Saban wanted a challenge he would go coach that powerhouse team from the SEC, ole Miss.

  16. timh1955 says: Jan 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    I’ll take Saban over Mack Brown ANY day. If UT feels like they are getting a bargain by having Brown as coach they are wrong. If Brown has one more lack luster season like he’s he had the past two years he will be history at UT.

  17. normtide says: Jan 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    Great for Brown, awful for Texas. And drop the Texas has class line. Texas ran off one third of their league, and irritated (to put mildly) the others. It is not the LHN, it is the heavy handed tactics. Maybe UT’s ego deflated a little, since the PAC shunned them. As for Brown, he is clearly on the down slope, but Dodd has to cover over his Coach In Waiting failure.

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