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Report: decision on Mack Brown’s future ‘expected in next 48 hours’

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If one report is accurate, the question of will he or won’t he as it relates to Mack Brown and his future as Texas’ head coach should be answered before the end of the week.

Citing what he calls a “high-ranking source,” Bobby Burton of is reporting that the “decision on Mack Brown’s future [is] expected in [the] next ’48 hours.'”  Whether that decision will be made by Brown alone — to return or retire/move on — or if the long-time UT coach will have some “help” from university officials and powerful boosters is the ultimate X factor.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman had reported Sunday that a decision on Brown’s future could come in the next two weeks.

The way the Longhorns began the 2013 season made it seem like a foregone conclusion that Brown’s 16-year run in Austin was fast approaching its end.  After that 1-2 start, however, UT won seven of its next eight games to put itself in a position to win the Big 12 and qualify for a BCS bowl with a win over Baylor in the regular-season finale.  A 20-point loss to the Bears ended any hope of that as well as once again throwing the rumor mill into high gear.

Athletic director DeLoss Dodds, long a champion of the coach, has left his post and was replaced by Steve Patterson, who will ostensibly have a hand in helping decide Brown’s fate.  Another long-time and ardent Brown supporter, UT  president Bill Powers, will have his employment discussed by the University of Texas System regents at a closed-door meeting this week.  The meeting will evaluate a “recommendation” that was made regarding Powers; what that recommendation is specifically is unknown.

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15 Responses to “Report: decision on Mack Brown’s future ‘expected in next 48 hours’”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 2:01 PM

    He had a great run from 2000-09. Kinda went south from there.

    I always respected him as a coach and recruiter. But the last few years he’s seemingly been slipping in both areas.

    If I’m Texas, I let him go and make a hard run at Saban…. but you have to know when to let go of that fight too. If you wait too long for Saban and don’t get him, you’ll lose Shaw or Cutcliffe or whomever else you think is worthy.

  2. deucez2 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:10 PM

    Mack done great things for the university but it’s time for him to go and he will. There will be a new coach in 2014.

  3. ceraser45 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:12 PM

    Shaw isn’t leaving Stanford and Cut isn’t leaving Duke. UT is a firestorm right now…LOL

  4. deucez2 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:16 PM


    Shaw may not leave Stanford for anything but the NFL. Texas may be a firestorm but it is easily a top 5 job in CFB. To deny that only confirms an anti-Texas bias.

  5. Deb says: Dec 10, 2013 2:28 PM

    Just can’t help feeling bad for Brown. It’s not as though he’s past his prime and still hanging on the way Bowden and Paterno were. He’s the same age as Saban and probably believes he can turn the program around. But if Texas wants to make a run at Nick, I wish they’d just do it already and get it over with, one way or the other.

  6. timh1955 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:31 PM

    Saban isn’t going to go to Texas as it would be HUGE step down to go from the SEC to the BIG12. It would also be a HUGE step down to go from a team like Alabama to UT. Lastly, he reached a contract extension with Alabama this week.

  7. noaxetogrind says: Dec 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    It’s done, Mack is out. I like Mack and have high regard for him but we all know Texas has been an underperforming assett for a while now. It is a top 5 job because of the resources and recruiting base. The people at Texas have been pretty patient in my opinion, my guess is that even Mack would agree with that.

  8. mogogo1 says: Dec 10, 2013 2:47 PM

    This is why USC fired Kiffin earlier in the season. Now, I’m not sure who Texas has left that they’d really want…unless they can pull a miracle and get Saban. Sumlin signed an extension, Petersen took the Washington opening…

  9. kdbroom says: Dec 10, 2013 2:59 PM

    Agreeing to an extension and signing an extension are two different things. Plus, if the extension doesn’t have a buyout (and Saban hasn’t had a buyout for a long, long time), then he could still leave after signing the extension.

    I’ll believe that Saban is staying put once Texas hires a new coach. Until then, the speculation will continue.

    If Texas hasn’t already agreed to terms with Saban, then they should just stick with Brown. I don’t see any other big fish out there who’d be a slam dunk. Hang with Brown for another season and see who crops up.

  10. irishking says: Dec 10, 2013 3:09 PM

    After Alabama stumbled against Auburn, one has to believe that Saban can be hired to replace Brown. I still like the ‘Mack’ and think he is a fine coach.

  11. timh1955 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:09 PM

    @mogogo1 I don’t think Petersen would have been a good fit at UT at all. I think he’s a nice guy but coaching at Boise State is a lot easier than coaching at a major school in a major conference that plays major teams instead of technical schools and community colleges in a very weak conference (MWC).

  12. deucez2 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:19 PM


    The Big 12 is indeed a step down from the SEC currently which is precisely why someone like Saban would consider it.

    Think about it: Is it easier to go undefeated in the Big 12 and make the new 4 team playoff or the SEC?

    Don’t have to leave the state to recruit, pay no state income tax, make just as much/more than Bama, and not have to deal with a rabid, unrealistic fan base that threatens their own.

    You’re right, why would he leave?

  13. Deb says: Dec 10, 2013 3:27 PM

    @timh1955 …

    One Bama fan site reporting that Saban signed a contract extension with Alabama doesn’t make it so.

    Frankly, I don’t think he’s going anywhere, but what I think, what you think, and what bamahammer thinks amounts to absolutely nothing.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2013 4:16 PM

    Just tying up loose ends with Bob McNair, Joe Jamail and the Texans. Decision Later.

  15. coolhorn46 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    I’m a UT fan, and I think I’m pretty representative of the general thinking of those of us who love the University of Texas. I appreciate all that Mack Brown has done to bring UT back to where it’s one of, if not the best coaching jobs in the country. That being said, it’s painfully obvious that Mack can’t get UT back to ten or eleven win seasons and BCS bowls. Even more painfully, recruiting, Brown’s strong suit, is going way downhill. A change in necessary, and it’s gonna come.

    I agree with those who say UT should take it’s best shot at getting Saban away from ‘Bama. Whether he’d ever win a championship with the Horns or not, he would restore UT’s football program to one of the best in the country, even if he only stayed in Austin five or six years. I do NOT agree with the idea that it’s Saban or bust for UT.

    I can think of at least a half a dozen head coaches who could win, win big, with the Horns. Most of you know several of those names, and there are a couple of names of very good head coaches who aren’t so prominent, and that I don’t care to bring into the discussion. Change is in the air in Austin, and I expect whatever’s gonna happen will in the next few days. In the meantime, it sure does make for some great speculation on the interwebs, even from people with NO dog in this hunt.

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