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Texas AD: Mack Brown not stepping down

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The denial train continues to chug out of Austin on Tuesday regarding football coach Mack Brown’s future.

First it was the university that released a statement denying he was stepping down, then Brown himself denied it.

Now, it’s Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s turn.

“We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football. Mack Brown has not resigned. And no decisions have been made,” Patterson said in a statement released to media.

It doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement of Brown staying on as coach, does it? Sounds to me like decisions are about to be made.

If Texas does make a move, it could happen in the next 48 hours and then the wheels will be in motion to find a replacement for the 16-year head coach. If the Longhorns can’t lure Nick Saban out of Tuscaloosa, who’s next on the list?

Whoever it is will likely be a very, very rich man when this is over.

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19 Responses to “Texas AD: Mack Brown not stepping down”
  1. txstatebobcats1868 says: Dec 10, 2013 6:15 PM

    I’ve heard John Harbaugh’s name thrown around from some people in Austin… apparently he had his agent reach out to USC and UT during the season when the rumor mill started churning…

  2. harleyspoon says: Dec 10, 2013 6:33 PM

    I hope Mack Brown is able to stay at UT and right his ship. He is an honorable man who has earned a real shot at bringing UT back…

    I have noted–as a coach and and as a lifetime observer of high school and college football–that older coaches go through a period of wanting their players to love them instead of fearing and respecting them. I think this has been a part of Coach Brown’s problem. I sincerely believe he has recognized this and is over it…

    Coach Brown has a good staff…They know the game. They recruit well. They now need to be left alone to continue rebuilding the program. That is no easy task at a place like UT. The Alums are powerful. They are and have been divided for way too long. The snipers are everywhere. If he survives the revolution, Brown may wish he had stepped aside but I think he is smart enough, tough enough and dedicated enough to get it done.

    As a lifetime Baylor fan I would love it if the Bears and the Horns played every year on Thanksgiving with Art Briles and Mack Brown on tap for a wild and wooly national TV battle every year. That would be much more interesting rivalry game than the Horns v Red Raiders now that my Bears are back!!!

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2013 6:55 PM

    Deny, deny, deny. Let’s see what the next 48 hours reveal. Particularly after Mack visits with his confidant and legal advisor (Joe Jamail) if he finishes his court case this week and has time to discuss Mack’s availability with Bob McNair (Houston Texans).

    As for Saban coming to Austin,don’t hold your breath.

  4. coolhorn46 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:01 PM

    If you want to accept at face value anything that comes out of Bellmont Hall in the next 48 hours, you probably also believe the yellow brick road is out there someplace.

    Mack is making his dismissal harder than it has to be. He’s basically looking at the option of a parade, or a pine box, and hoping there’s a door number three. There isn’t. It’s a shame that it’s come to this…Mack Brown is, at heart, a decent man. He’s just letting his ego write checks he can’t cash, and that is hurting UT, something I don’t think he cares much about right now.

    There are way too many people who are NOT prone to wild speculation, and who have too much to lose by recklessly claiming Mack is “retiring”, for there NOT to be plenty of fire where the smoke is. The next day and a half are gonna be interesting!

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:02 PM

    This is AD speak for details aren’t complete. He didn’t say Mack won’t be back, just that nothing is final. They just aren’t ready to say it. Pederson is getting an intro to Chip Brown connections and reporting.

  6. palecollegedude says: Dec 10, 2013 7:12 PM

    Mack Brown should go. TU has under-performed the past few years If you compare their recruiting classes versus their results. Any college football fan with half a brain will tell you what Mack Brown has done for this program since 2010 is NOT worth the salary he is receiving. If Brown is to receive Saban-like money, he should at least make BCS games, let alone conference championships, & he hasn’t accomplished neither since 09′. If TU has been the 3rd (or 4th to some) best college football team in Texas the last 2/3 years, then that’ saying something. Texas belongs at the top of college football. They have the resources for this. A new coach is needed. Maybe Oregon will help Steve Patterson make this choice after OU blows out TU.

  7. harleyspoon says: Dec 10, 2013 7:59 PM

    And what will all of you say if OU doesn’t blow out UT…

  8. deucez2 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:12 PM


    OU didn’t blow out Texas this year.

    I’m a Texas alum and donor to the university. Mack has done wonderful things for us but it is time to go. After he lost to Bama in 09, he slacked off and let Texas go into the tank. Recruiting has suffered and far worse, he has failed to develop the talent that he has recruited. The whole athletic department is currently bloated and top heavy. There is no accountability that exists in Austin and that bleeds onto the playing field. Mack has had 3 years to “fix it.” It never should’ve been broken.

    Look what an injection of fresh blood has done to A&M, Auburn, UCLA, Arizona St, Ohio State and many others in that same amount of time.

    Mack the the man will be celebrated but Mack the coach needs to step away. Over 80% of Texas fans get it and those that don’t confuse the man and the coach, much like yourself.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:20 PM

    Duecez2…. He’s talking about Oregon (not Okiehoma). That may be too late to recover this years recruiting class.

  10. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:46 PM

    Nice way to begin your career at Texas… Lie!

  11. Deb says: Dec 10, 2013 9:39 PM

    Did anyone see that nut on the news who hoaxes colleges and coaches into believing they’ve been contacted by one another? Under the circumstances, I wouldn’t be too sure John Harbaugh’s people have contacted UT. Why would a Super Bowl-winning coach whose job is safe want to coach at Texas?

  12. deadeye says: Dec 10, 2013 10:47 PM

    Patterson was hired over Luck specifically because he knows how to clean house and get the entire athletic department headed in the right direction. And hiring Brown’s replacement is the first task.

    I think the denial that Alabama fans are displaying is hysterical. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth in Tuscaloosa within the next week or so.


  13. harleyspoon says: Dec 10, 2013 11:15 PM

    I am not a Texas University fan….I am a Wacoan, a former Baylor football coach and a lifelong Baylor fan…Maybe you could read the whole comment that I made before lumping me in as a Texas fan…..However, Texas football has been in the top echelon of recruiting for years, including recent years…but they have also had a tremendous number of injuries this season and last season…Mack’s big mistake was Diaz…Of course, TU like aggy has more than its share of Piranha’s who have contributed to the problems UT has…in almost all sports, recently…Is that Mack’s fault?

  14. bralinshan says: Dec 10, 2013 11:20 PM

    Alabama fans may be in denial but they’ve got more 3 NC’s to help ease the pain.
    College football is all about cycles, nothing lasts forever, and they’d have taken 3 NC’s when he was hired all day long.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 10, 2013 11:25 PM

    Patterson was hired to transition Texas for the next round of conference expansion. Deadeye is correct about Patterson. He cleaned house at ASU. If I were the Texas Men’s Basketball coach and the Texas Baseball coach, I’d have somebody starting my car in the morning. He also received a hefty raise to come to Texas from ASU from $450,000 to well over $1.4 million a year.

    As much as I like Mack Brown, Texas and the Big 12 are in a precarious situation. Texas needs an infusion of excitement. Saban would provide that for the first two years. Texas is the fifth best program behind Baylor, OSU, OU and Kansas State. Texas has to be competing consistently for a national championship in football for the conference to be viable.

    Why? A ten team regional league is simply not attractive for revenue streams for TV execs. Ask any one in the industry, and they’ll tell you, the Big 12 is Texas and Oklahoma, period. Baylor makes a nice story, but doesn’t bring TV market share to the table. Same with Oklahoma State, Tech or Kansas State.

    No, Patterson was selected for his knowledge of the PAC-12 and the AD’s. Texas in the
    PAC-12 would be the dominant athletic program. Oregon is the only school in the PAC-12 that would join Texas in the top 20 schools with a superior revenue stream in athletics.

    That being said, if Saban goes, he goes. I’ll thank him for his efforts and the National
    Championships. We went through dark days after Bear and Gene, we’ll probably have dark days again, but I’ve enjoyed each and every moment.


  16. harleyspoon says: Dec 10, 2013 11:30 PM

    deucez2, do you know about tenses? I said: “And what will all of you say if OU doesn’t blow out UT…???” Oregon University (OU) has not yet blown out Texas University…and Mack’s boys did blow out OU (Oklahoma University)…Context, bubba, context!!! Have you given as much to UT as JJ?

  17. harleyspoon says: Dec 10, 2013 11:42 PM

    amos…Reckon the SEC will get rid of Mississippi State or Vandy or Missouri or Kentucky or Arkansas or some of those sec schools that are not LSU, Bama, Florida, Auburn or Georgia because they “don’t bring massive TV market share” to the table….A&M will be an sec flash in the pan after Johnny football is gone…I suspect Baylor’s “nice story” will play well for a long while after a few seasons of kicking some tail in the BIG12 and when that 16,000,000 Baptists in the US adopt some pride in their only real football team…

  18. coolhorn46 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:44 PM

    Just a quick note to those of you who refer to the University of Texas as “TU”. That’s disrespectful to Longhorn fans. TU is, I think, Tulsa University, maybe Tulane University. The University of Texas is “UT”…it always has been, except for fans of the agricultural school in Texas. I know this is nothing to get riled up about, and I’m not, but most people who post on here, like me, are fans of one school or another. I’m betting most of you don’t really like it when someone else is disrespectful of your school any more than I like a slam of UT, however slight or sophomoric it might be.

  19. deucez2 says: Dec 11, 2013 2:35 PM


    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize the University of Oregon was referred to as OU or Oregon University. There is nothing wrong with my reading comprehension.

    You may have coached at Baylor but you obviously didn’t attend that fine institution of higher learning.

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