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Mack Brown: ‘I have not decided to step down’

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And the denials have begun to flow out of Austin.

A report that a decision on Mack Brown‘s future would be decided in the next 48 hours was quickly trumped by a separate report that Brown had decided to step down as the head football coach at Texas.

The university, through a school official, has quickly denied the report.  Citing a Texas source, Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com tweeted that Brown “hasn’t had any meeting & has not told anyone he’s stepping down.”

Now, the coach himself, who is in Florida on a recruiting trip, has weighed in.

“I’m in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here,” Brown told 247Sports.com. “I have not decided to step down.”

Is it possible that the decision has already been made for Brown and he doesn’t know it yet?  Certainly anything is possible, especially when it comes to the unique dynamic that is UT athletics and the myriad people who pull the strings in the state.

How unique?  ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad wrote that “[t]he University of Texas Board of Regents has a critical meeting Thursday at which the future of President Bill Powers is to be discussed, which could affect the fate of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.”

As we wrote earlier, and to put these denials into perspective, Orangeblood.com‘s Chip Brown, who is reporting that Brown has decided to retire, reported back in mid-September that DeLoss Dodds would be stepping down as UT’s athletic director; the school and Dodds vehemently denied the report almost immediately.  Two weeks later, Dodds announced he would be stepping down as UT’s athletic director.

In other words, take any denials coming from in and around the university without size grain of salt you deem necessary.

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22 Responses to “Mack Brown: ‘I have not decided to step down’”
  1. timh1955 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    He didn’t have to decide….it was decided for him.

  2. Deb says: Dec 10, 2013 3:33 PM

    If I were a potential recruit, Texas wouldn’t look terribly appealing right now. The guy who turned out to be right about DeLoss says Mack’s stepping down. Mack says he’s still undecided. Well, someone needs to decide something definitive before this indecision starts to have a real impact on future draft classes.

  3. realfootballfan says: Dec 10, 2013 3:36 PM

    All of this hand wringing over a mediocre head coach. With the resources at Texas, it’s beyond embarrassing that he hasn’t won the conference half the years he’s been there.

  4. 1990tiger says: Dec 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    I hear sports announcers say all the time that Mack Brown (or any previously successful head coach (Bobby Bowden, for example)) has “earned the right to decide when he/she will step down”. I don’t agree with that statement. College football is a business. When the head of a business isn’t performing up to expectations, he/she doesn’t get to decide whether to remain or go and I think the same should apply to head football coaches. What do you think?

  5. afrancis55 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    I thought I was gonna have to wait for New Year’s Day for more college football entertainment, but I guess not! Fellas, grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the mess that is about to unfold at Texas!

  6. juice1818 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    He doesn’t know he’s stepping down yet.

    Love,
    UT Alumni

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    Did Mack Brown just find out he got fired on the internet???

    That’s like finding out your girlfriend broke up with you because her facebook status was changed to single….

  8. realfootballfan says: Dec 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    1990tiger,

    I agree with that to a point. Bowden had done a lot of things that the national media either overlooked or simply didn’t want to report on because he is a nice man. The hoisting of his son on FSU as offensive coordinator was one of the biggest misuses of power I’ve ever seen, and I love Bobby Bowden. He did need to gracefully leave at some point when our talent was getting circles run around it by other top schools where we used to be able to compete with any of them.

    With Brown, I am lost on all this love for him. He is an average head coach who has been there 10 years or so, not exactly a lifetime and not exactly as the architect of the program like Bowden and Paterno. I understand being delusional after the wonderful John Mackovic era, but he’s done lesss with more than nearly any coach at a top tier school in the country. Besides a 5 year window, Texas underachieved under him. Sorry, but that doesn’t give you the golden ticket and good will to fall back on, especially since this program has been average since Colt McCoy graduated. This misrepresentation of Mack Brown as some top shelf coaching talent began with his UNC days. He recruited top tier talent back then and could never win the ACC or beat FSU. Wonderful recriter, average coach.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2013 4:14 PM

    It’s Time Mack! Don’t wait until an Oregon beat down in the Alamo and ruin another year of recruiting.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 4:17 PM

    Do they let him coach the bowl?? Have to right?

    And way to stay classy Patterson with leaking his “Stepping down” before you told him he was “stepping down”

  11. realfootballfan says: Dec 10, 2013 4:19 PM

    I’ll continue with my theme that I think most of these big programs need to follow, give the shot to someone doing well on a smaller level. I would turn to Gary Patterson at TCU and see if he could replicate his success there on a larger scale. This would have been a more popular hire a few years ago, but he’s repeatedly developed bargain bin rosters and gotten his program back into the BCS conversation after short drop offs after losing talent.

  12. drummerhoff says: Dec 10, 2013 4:20 PM

    The expression, “The inmates are running the asylum” comes to mind.

    Some boosters will do any thing and Chip Brown will report it.

  13. imaduffer says: Dec 10, 2013 4:26 PM

    Nick Saban on line one.

  14. be4bama says: Dec 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    Nick Saban is happy with his new 9 year 75 million dollar contract.

  15. coolhorn46 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:06 PM

    Texas will have a fine head football coach next year. It won’t be Mack Brown. Some school with a fine football coach right now will be starting their own coaching search in just a few days. Wonder which school that will be???

  16. Deb says: Dec 10, 2013 5:11 PM

    @1990tiger …

    Completely agree … though it becomes more complicated when you’re dealing with a Bowden or a Paterno. As realfootballfan points out, Brown isn’t in that category. You’d like to hope coaches who are well past their prime would have the grace to walk away from the game without having to be pushed out.

  17. coolhorn46 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:19 PM

    @Deb…you would hope that, but it’s becoming apparent that Mack Brown is NOT that coach to gracefully exit stage left.

  18. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 10, 2013 5:33 PM

    I think losing to Auburn took away any thought Saban may have had about leaving Alabama. No way he was leaving with that loss. Not to mention every kid on the roster was picked by Saban and have now been in his system for their entire career.

  19. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:44 PM

    @Deb….. It’s just the arrogance of Mack, the former AD that’s still hanging around, the president (who is also on the hot seat) and the deep pockets of selected alumni. They ALL need to get over themselves.

  20. imaduffer says: Dec 10, 2013 5:47 PM

    @b4bama,

    Nick may be happy but the little lady might want to move to a better neighborhood. Austin, TX

  21. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:52 PM

    Maybe he should return that call to AD Peterson first.

    Been a great run, at times, Mack. Take the package and be a special council for $500k per year.

    Chip Brown reported it (same guy who broke the adamantly denied Dodds stepping down story), so it will happen. Bruce Fieldman and Fox news Austin now agreeing with Chip via their sources.

    James Franklin, Texas is on the runway.

  22. fissels says: Dec 10, 2013 9:52 PM

    Too bad all this stuff has to happen before the bowl games and the official end of the season.

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