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Report: Mack Brown stepping down as Texas coach

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Those two days just flew by, didn’t they?

Shortly after a report surfaced that a decision on Mack Brown‘s future at Texas would come in the next 48 hours, it appears the decision has already been made.  Citing two high-level sources,‘s Chip Brown is reporting that Brown has decided to step down as the Longhorns’ head coach after 16 seasons.  An official announcement from Brown and the school is expected before the end of the week.

One source intimated to the website that it was Brown’s love of the football program he was largely responsible for rebuilding that led to his decision.

“Mack Brown loves Texas and wants what’s in the best interest of Texas and what’s in the best interest of Mack Brown,” the source told the site. “I don’t think it’s been an easy decision. But he doesn’t want negativity around the program he helped unify.”

If the report is accurate — and Chip Brown is one of the best in the business when it comes to UT football — it will bring to an a decade-and-a-half run for Brown in Austin… and will also cause a ripple effect to roll through the college football landscape as top-tier coaches trip over themselves to fill the coaching void with the Longhorns.

There’s little doubt UT would make yet another run at Alabama’s Nick Saban.  Outside of Saban — and/or his wife — making a surprise move out of Tuscaloosa, anyone from Jimbo Fisher to Art Briles to Kevin Sumlin to David Shaw to Jon Gruden (sorry, federal law dictates Chucky’s name be mentioned) will likely be connected to the opening in some shape or fashion.

Given the obscene financial wherewithal the UT athletic department possesses and the prestige the job holds, there should be no shortage of candidates champing at the bit to take over the reins from Brown.

UPDATED 3:03 p.m. ET: The university has denied the report that Mack Brown has decided to take his leave as the Longhorns’ head coach.

To put this denial into perspective, however, Chip Brown 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.  Two weeks later, Dodds announced he would be stepping down as UT’s athletic director.

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24 Responses to “Report: Mack Brown stepping down as Texas coach”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    Saban or Shaw….

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 10, 2013 3:00 PM

    Sumlin and Briles just signed big deals…. If had to bet on it I would bet it’s Shaw…

  3. seattlecvd says: Dec 10, 2013 3:03 PM

    Thanks for a whole lot of great memories, Mack. Considering the state of the program when I attended UT in the mid-90’s, I got nothing but love for what you gave to us fans that bleed burnt orange. Keep your horns up, coach!

  4. mrlaloosh says: Dec 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    Les Miles.

  5. timh1955 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    Saban has agreed to a contract extension too.

  6. cometkazie says: Dec 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    Popcorn time!

    I’m with Deb. It’s good he isn’t lingering like Paterno and Bowden.

    Thanks, Mack!

  7. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:08 PM

    We knew this was coming.

    Texas wouldn’t hesitate to spend $10M on a buyout alone for the right coach. Neither Briles or Sumiln are out of reach if they want them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they had the new coach lined up almost. The Brinks truck is loaded. Bob Stoops and OU are in mourning.

  8. jimmy53 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:12 PM

    Interesting that Mack is supposedly stepping down, but is current meeting with Cook.

    So, he’s either not stepping down or he’s recruiting right to the end.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:13 PM

    By tue way, Chip Brown is THE MAN for connections on UT and the Big 12. If he says it is coming, it will happen. The PR guys at UT may not know yet.

  10. deadeye says: Dec 10, 2013 3:14 PM

    Saban anyone?

  11. jimmy53 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:14 PM


    Mack Brown:

    “I’m in FL recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here.”

  12. thegeneral7694 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:16 PM

    Let’s put the Saban thing to rest, for God’s sake. Not only have he and his wife denied it multiple times, it wouldn’t make any sense to leave the machine and start over at age 62. Sumlin and Briles make sense, but everyone knew this was coming…if they wanted to leave, why sign big extensions with draconian buyouts within the past couple of weeks? Not like the coaches get that buyout money….Shaw seems like a total West Coast guy, although his playing style would certainly fit what Texas can do well. Jimbo is coaching for the natty, is in the weak ACC and has Jameis….Malzahn is also coaching for the natty, but he’s got to know that Texas is a big step up from Auburn….only has Tre Mason for one more game. James Franklin? Charlie Strong? Hard to figure, but still very early.

  13. tgaustin says: Dec 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    He will announce this Friday at the Football Banquet. It’s fun to play “what would you do if you won a Billion $$” in regards to whom the next coach we will see/want.

    Mike Tomlin??? Is he still interested and would the university hire a black head coach(as sad as that is).

    Nicky??? Prob not gonna leave, and also not sure he is a “Texas” guy(as sad as that is).

    Mike Gundy??? Hell of an offensive minded coach and recruiter. But, T-Boone’s checkbook is bigger than Costanza’s wallet.

    Art Briles??? My favority pick. He coached relatives of mine in highschool and again in college. Although he’s started something great at Baylor, it’s apples to oranges in my opinion as to which he should choose.

    Jimbo??? Seriously doubt it. Florida is 1A in terms of recruits to Texas. Lateral move in my opinion(then there’s the $$$).

    Chucky??? Here’s the wild card. If you are Texas, you have to gauge his interest. I would love this hire and so would everyone in the Longhorn Nation.

    Man, I love you Mack and you did wonders…you will get your statue, that I have no doubt. Buttttttttt, it’s like Christmas came early today!

  14. timh1955 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:29 PM

    @deadeye I guess you didn’t read the other 1000 comments on above you about Saban! He isn’t leaving Bama! He signed an extension this week! Read before posting!

  15. timmons94 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    As a steelers fan… Please hire Tomlin !!!!!

  16. gatorcheme says: Dec 10, 2013 3:53 PM

    Coach Boom to Texas and Charlie Strong to Florida.

    I can dream, can’t I?

  17. jimmy53 says: Dec 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    As an FSU fan I’m prepared to beg Texas to leave Golden and Muschamp right where they are.

    I look forward to watching FSU beat them for years to come.

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

    Just one quick comment…none of the coaches mentioned above as “out of play” because of extensions and buy outs are out of play, IF UT really wants one of ’em. UT will pay what it has to, including buy outs, to get the right coach to replace Mack Brown. There are precious few schools with the resources to get into a spending war with the University of Texas over a new head football coach. I’m no prophet, so I won’t speculate on who the right coach it may be, but I will go this far. Some school with a good to great head coach today is gonna find themselves with their own coaching search, and probably in a very few days. Grab the popcorn…this is gonna be fun.

  19. coolhorn46 says: Dec 10, 2013 5:22 PM

    One more thought…the offer of a contract extension by a school is not the same thing as the coach actually signing the extension. I can think of at least three coaches already who reportedly have extensions, and haven’t signed ’em yet. The job’s not done until the ink is dry on the paper.

  20. rockgate says: Dec 10, 2013 5:26 PM

    First, I like Mack. I remember what UT football was like after DKR and before Mack and in spite of what the last 4 years have been like, Mack Brown has forgotten more about football than any of his detractors on these threads will ever know.

    So thanks Mack. You deserve nothing but respect from fans of the game….regardless of their team.

    Second, sorry jimmy53 (and I don’t blame you) but ………..Will…. come back Will!! We love you man…..and we have all this money !!!

  21. apmn says: Dec 10, 2013 6:42 PM

    I can’t see Texas hiring Sumlin. There would be political repercussions for that move.

  22. v2the4 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:37 PM

    if it is indeed over, thanks for the memories Mack Brown. I thought they would at least let you catch Daryl Royal for all time wins, but I guess the brain trust, err, the boosters cant wait another year for you to get those 9 wins that you need.

    I know the Saban rumor has been out there for so long, but Nick isnt coming…..if UT has a coach, they are mighty quiet about it, and I have to think its gotta be David Shaw out of Stanford, Charlie Strong out of Louisville or hell, even Bobby Petrino?…

    but the name no one has even brought up is Clemson OC Chad Morris, who is from Texas and won state titles at Bay City and Lake Travis…he was Garrett Gilbert’s coach at Lake Travis High in Austin…..what about James Franklin out of Vandy?

    they better not be thinking about bringing in Brian Kelly or Mark Dantoni, Al Golden, or Bill O’Brien in please.

  23. dcboltsfan says: Dec 11, 2013 12:07 AM

    Sorry John,

    Unfortunately, Chip is getting credit for the work that Inside Texas contributor Jesus Shuttlesworth (JS) actually did. The Inside Texas Staff has been in front of this story, as well as the Saban to Texas story from day one. Orange Bloods and Chip are frauds!

  24. kombayn says: Dec 11, 2013 4:54 AM

    I think it’s going to be Jim Mora that takes the Texas job, it’d be a big hit for UCLA too.

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