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UT prez: Mack Brown ‘is and will remain Longhorns’ coach’

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On the heels of yet another disappointing season in Austin, there were some around the Texas football program ready to shove Mack Brown out to pasture.

If one of the university’s most powerful individuals has any say (he does), there will be no shoving for the foreseeable future.

Responding to speculation that Brown could find himself out, UT president Bill Powers was unequivocal in a seemingly out-of-the-blue, unsolicited statement addressing the rumors: Brown is and will remain on as the Longhorns’ head football coach.  Here’s Powers’ statement, in its entirety.

Now that the Longhorn football team has finished its regular season, there has been an increase in media speculation about Coach Mack Brown’s future. I’d like to state unequivocally that Coach Brown has my full support as well as the support of Men’s Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. Put succinctly, Mack Brown is and will remain the Longhorns’ head football coach.

Coach Brown restored Texas’ winning tradition. He embodies the Texas character, is a superb ambassador for The University of Texas, and runs a program that is both winning and clean, a program that all alumni and fans can and should be proud of. Mack cares about the young men on the team as people, as students, and as players, in that order, and he models the kind of leadership that will serve our players for the rest of their lives.

I look forward to watching this young team win the Alamo Bowl and continue to grow in seasons to come.

Coming off a streak of nine consecutive 10-plus-win seasons that included a national championship, Texas has won just 21 the past three.  The ‘Horns have lost 16 games in that span; they’d lost 19 the previous 10 years.

While Brown, who signed a contract extension earlier this year through 2020, may be safe at the moment, another season like the past three will test the resolve of Powers as well as athletic director DeLoss Dodds.  And their commitment to the long-time coach.

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30 Responses to “UT prez: Mack Brown ‘is and will remain Longhorns’ coach’”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 6, 2012 4:44 PM

    I would bet he has a big buy out for his contract. He was also instrumental in securing the big TV deal for them, so I would think his superiors feel a good sense of loyalty, coupled with the fact, that he has shown he can be successful as a coach.

  2. be4bama says: Dec 6, 2012 5:00 PM

    OH NO said the Longhorn faithful

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. mgmac says: Dec 6, 2012 5:02 PM

    this is great news ………………….. for the other members of the Big XII !!!

  4. thraiderskin says: Dec 6, 2012 5:02 PM

    Yikes! not the vote of confidence, hope it turns out differently for Coach Brown.

  5. bowwserr says: Dec 6, 2012 5:20 PM

    Don’t understand the ignorance in the comments before me, but sports bring out the best in people I suppose.

    And I wouldn’t call this press release out of the blue. It makes sense, especially considering Mack’s future and job security have been a subject of a LOT of talk on sports radio here in Austin. Good to hear they’re stickin with him. He’s truly invaluable.

  6. deucez2 says: Dec 6, 2012 5:25 PM

    As a Texas Alumni, about 80% of the fan base wants Mack Brown gone (I know I do) and 100% of the OU fan base wants him to stay. Sad.

  7. deucez2 says: Dec 6, 2012 5:32 PM

    To a previous poster: his buyout is a little over $2 million after the new year. He’s also a terribly overrated coach whose teams are soft. 2 conference titles in 15 years with a talent pool that is almost unrivaled is piss poor. 4 of the worst 6 losses in the history of TX vs OU have come under him. Nice guy and I’m thankful for what he brought to the university but its time to go.

  8. imaduffer says: Dec 6, 2012 5:49 PM

    So how did the the Horns do this weekend? DeLoss

  9. barbeaux says: Dec 6, 2012 6:05 PM


  10. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:18 PM

    He won’t be fired as long as DeLoss is alive. The buy out would cut into DeLoss’ money making machine. The best senario would be for DeLoss to just go away and then Brown could get “promoted” to AD. Until that happens, Brown is the HC.

  11. deucez2 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:51 PM


    Mack won’t ever be the AD. He has no business acumen when it comes to negotiating salaries, TV deals, and running the day-to-day operations that the job requires. If he doesn’t completely set fire to his legacy by continuing to double-down on a losing bet, I could easily seeing him having an active role with the football operations. Sort of a figure-head or ambassador much like DKR enjoyed.

  12. normtide says: Dec 6, 2012 6:52 PM

    Is that $2 million buyout with cause? Being signed through 2020, I would think it was more. Not that it matters, UT could pay his full contract as a buyout. The question for UT and its fans is: Is having the most resources and money enough, or do you expect something to show for that money and resources?

  13. tttrojan4life says: Dec 6, 2012 6:59 PM

    What does this dude have to do to get fired? He must have compromising photos of the AD or something.

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 6, 2012 7:03 PM

    And the Aggies just picked up a verbal commitment from the best defensive player in the state of Texas.

    I guess Mack didn’t offer again.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2012 7:50 PM

    Mack has as much acumen as deLoss. See where that has them. 21-16 -humm? As for losing out to the AGGIES on the top defensive recruit, that’s because Mack wanted him to play tight end. Just like he wanted RG3 and Johnny Manziel to play safety. What’s wrong with this picture?

  16. geraldthecat says: Dec 6, 2012 8:20 PM

    Has not beaten a team that finished the season ranked in 3 1/2 years.

  17. ukeone says: Dec 6, 2012 9:02 PM

    You know what it’s like to have an itch up your wazoo that you can’t reach or get rid of? Mack Brown is that proverbial super-flea in BEVO’s ass…you can’t shew it away till you dig-out all the old ‘shit’ first (Powers, Dodd, etc.)! Shew fly, shew!

  18. huskerzfan says: Dec 6, 2012 9:30 PM

    Did crash after hearing this news?

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 6, 2012 9:37 PM

    The misunderstanding is that Powers has the authority to fire Brown. He doesn’t. The UT athletic Department is an entity unto itself with Deloss Dodds
    as CEO. Known as Texas, Inc., UT is a money machine and Powers knows that.

    As long as Brown has the support of the well heeled and influential alums, he stays. Another season without a BCS bid could do that.

  20. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 6, 2012 9:49 PM

    Johnny Football wins the Davey O’Brien

    Joel Joeckel from the University of……Texas A&M University wins the Outland

    If Sumlin can convince the O Line to come back for one more year…

    With today’s commitment of Justin Manning, that means A&M now has 4 defensive line commits that were all offered by Texas and OU.


  21. deucez2 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:38 PM

    Manning was offered. Texas backed off his recruitment because his older brother is Demarcus Granger (former OU DL) and he never showed more than mild interest in Texas from the start. It’s very true that aggy is the hot team in Texas currently. It’s also the 1st time they’ve pulled the #1 recruit in the state in over a decade. There are natural ebbs and flows in football from a combination of on field success, coaching, and recruiting. Aggy has it now and they probably will until a coaching/attitude change happens down the road Austin. First time since 1998 that A&M can hold its head high. Enjoy it.

  22. deucez2 says: Dec 6, 2012 10:45 PM

    Mack is also quickly losing the support of the most influential boosters /donors. Powers is fighting his own political battle right now so a coaching search is the last thing he wants to engage in. Couple that with Deloss being less than 3 years away from retirement and you have a lethargic administration at Texas that doesn’t have the energy or will to tackle a PR issue like asking Mack to step down. They’ll never fire him. Leaving had to be his choice until Deloss is gone. Problem with that is Mack had too much pride to step away. So basically the fans are left to suffer.

  23. allen227 says: Dec 7, 2012 12:19 AM

    Then hire some coordinators that know what they’re doing.

  24. jonanthans says: Dec 7, 2012 2:28 AM

    Hello Nick Saban

  25. gatorprof says: Dec 7, 2012 6:32 AM

    On behalf of the Gator nation, I want to thank Mack Brown for dragging his feet on retiring so that his coach in waiting would pursue greener pastures.

    Mack’s generosity is a difference maker for the Gators!

  26. blitz4848 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:01 AM

    Expected to see Coach Brown win an award on the College award show last night;

    The Coach who “does the least with some of the best talent in the nation year in and year out!!”

    This would have been close to unanimous

  27. florida727 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:38 AM

    I’m not a “hater” but I am surprised at the announcement. College football has become such a ‘big business’ that revolves around winning at all costs, an average of just 7 wins over each of the past THREE seasons, you wouldn’t think could cut it at a place like UT. Then again, with 8 years remaining on his contract, the buyout has to be huge, even for a school like Texas.

  28. deucez2 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:50 AM


    You didn’t read my previous comment. Thy buyout is only just above 2 million, its not huge. Keeping Mack is more political and is an symptom of Deloss caring more about revenues than the recent success of his athletic program. Deloss feels that Mack has earned the right based on his past success to know when to call it quits. This situation is quickly becoming very Bobby Bowden-esque.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 10:49 AM

    Brown built the current brand that is the Texas Longhorns. Horns should remeber what it was like before Brown got there….

    That said, the dominance between A&M and UT has periodic shifts. Aggies dominated late 80’s and ’90s. Horns obviously took the ’00s, but the ’10s belong to the Aggies. Probable Heisman winner, influx of recruits, and switch to the premier CFB conference.

  30. oklonghorn says: Dec 12, 2012 9:24 AM

    As a Texas native living in Oklahoma…I’ve never left my first love as it relates to college athletics in being an avid Horns fan. My Sooner friends are most afraid of two things…Bob Stoops leaving and Mack Brown leaving Texas. It’s no secret up in here in Oklahoma, as I hear it constantly…what’s scary about Texas is all the 5-star recruits they keep recruiting despite winning only two Big 12 Championships and just one National Championship trophy under Mack’s long tenure in Austin. Texas will continue to be able to recruit the best of the best football players because of the longstanding winning tradition which characterizes Texas football; however, the more quickly Mack is replaced, the faster Texas will realize their full potential as a college football powerhouse, once again dominating!

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