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Mack Brown speaks ahead of meeting tied to future at UT

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For the first time since a report surfaced Tuesday that he would be stepping down as Texas’ head coach, Mack Brown spoke publicly and (somewhat) addressed his status.  Suffice to say, that’s still to be determined.

Speaking at an Alamo Bowl press conference, Brown acknowledged the speculation swirling around his future with the UT football program, saying he plans to meet with new athletic director Steve Patterson and president Bill Powers to discuss the direction all the parties involved will take.

“My situation has not changed,” Brown said. “We hired what I think is a great athletic director in Steve Patterson. Any time the athletic director changes, it changes the game. I will sit down and talk to him and Bill and discuss the direction we’re going.

“I’m looking forward to my meeting with Bill and Steve and then move forward.”

Brown declined to answer when asked if the bowl game would be his last as Longhorns coach.  The meeting that could decide his fate is expected to occur sometime today.

At least a couple of times during his press conference Thursday morning, Brown dropped Powers’ name.  Powers, long a vehement supporter of the coach, will be the subject of a closed-door meeting of the Texas Board of Regents later Thursday that could result in the president’s ouster following a lengthy power struggle with state political figures.  However, it’s now being reported that, to the surprise of many observers, Powers is expected to survive and remain in his current position.

With Brown’s fate reportedly tied in some part to that of Powers, would the latter retaining his position end with the same result for the former?  That’s unclear — some say it won’t save him — but it’s certainly an interesting development for a situation that, one way or the other, will likely come to a conclusion at some point Friday.

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32 Responses to “Mack Brown speaks ahead of meeting tied to future at UT”
  1. vikingapologist says: Dec 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    I don’t undestand the hate towards Brown, I think he is a solid coach

  2. imaduffer says: Dec 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    Coach Saban will be announced as head coach of UT very soon.

  3. vikingapologist says: Dec 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    I would have said 0.00%. Chance of Saban even 3-4 days ago, yet, now? I am more like 60%-40% with a 60%chance Saban makes the move. With some very solid pieces in place in Texas, look @ what a genius he would look like by taking them to the top. It would give him 1-2 seasons of less pressure @ expectations, saying “he’s using Mac Browns players , this move makes a lot of sense for he his family & his Ego!( $$ incentive an obvious factor)

  4. monsterright says: Dec 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    @vikingapologist

    I don’t sense there is hate towards Mack Brown. I think he is lived in TX but they want to win. In 28 years of coaching, Brown has 2 conference championships.

  5. jimmy53 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    I don’t understand the the amount of awe surrounding Mack Brown. Yes, he won an NC, but so did Gene Chizik, and Brown’s record has been unbelievably spotty since then. He didn’t build that program–Ut already had a legacy. He is not the Bobby Bowden or Nick Saban or Les Miles of the University of Texas. His record just doesn’t match up to the equity he seems to think he’s earned.

    His record has earned him the right to be fired just like any other coach. He needs to wake up or he is going to make this ugly.

  6. halbert53 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:46 PM

    Brown is a solid coach. But he is coach of what should be a perennial Top 10 program. Great academics, fertile recruiting area, virtual unlimited budget and should have top coaching staff money can buy. Some schools would be pleased with his record the past 4 years. His teams have been underachieving. There is no excuse for a program at UT to have fared poorly the past few years. In short, Brown is a good coach but he dang sure isn’t good enough for a place like UT.
    Even if he cleaned house, how many new assistants would want to come work for essentially a walking dead head coach. And for those dreaming about Saban, giving Brown another year or two would kill that.
    Not that I would hire Saban.

  7. atvinniegoombots says: Dec 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    I’m not going to speak about something I don’t know for a fact. It is fact I wasn’t there on the night of Dec.7,2012. But I do know some facts.

    It’s a FACT The Heisman Trophy stands for Performance and Integrity on and off the field.

    It’s a FACT the Possession and Purchase Age law in Florida is 21.

    It’s a FACT Jamis is under 21.

    It’s a FACT Jamis was allowing an underage female to consume alcohol.

    It’s a FACT the female involved told Jamis on several occasions the word, “NO!”

    It’s a FACT Jamis DNA was found on the womans panties.

    It’s a FACT a female filed a RAPE report that lead to Jamis.

    It’s is a FACT the night of the reported RAPE, Jamis was not the star he is today.

    IT’s a FACT once a woman says NO and then forced upon, under the law it is considered a RAPE>

    It’s a FACT Jamis showed NO Integrity on the night of Dec. 7 2012

    It’s a FACT Jamis Winston based on all the above showed no Integrity off the field!

  8. atvinniegoombots says: Dec 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    It’s a FACT…. Period!

  9. imaduffer says: Dec 12, 2013 12:58 PM

    Fact, you don’t know how to spell his first name.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:00 PM

    Sounds to me like there some tug of war going on between the boosters/alumni and the talking power heads that be. There has been too much speculation still consistent with this “possible change” and then too much denial from the current seated coach. Also there was a statement from Bill Powers a couple of days ago that he stated with certainty that he or no one else within the chains of power had spoken to Saban nor had made him an offer.

    It sounds like the big boosters with deep pockets are pushing change despite what the President and AD say…

  11. longtallsam says: Dec 12, 2013 1:14 PM

    It is a fact….this article is about Mack Brown, why are you post that stuff about Winston here? Are you lost?

  12. cameron poe says: Dec 12, 2013 1:17 PM

    Fact: Bears eat beets.

    Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactic

    – Dwight Schrute

  13. cameron poe says: Dec 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    *Galactica

  14. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 12, 2013 1:22 PM

    FACT: You’re a fucking moron whose understanding of the definition of the word “fact” is as skewed as your understanding of Common Law and the facts of this (non) case.

  15. gatorcheme says: Dec 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    Sorry guys/gals, I’m bored and I think I’d like to feed the troll.

    @atvinniegoombots:

    1) Wrong thread

    2) Almost half of your “Facts” are actually “Hearsay”

    3) Based on your attempt at postulating. I’m going to make a guess that you aren’t fairing well in your Geometry class right now.

  16. cameron poe says: Dec 12, 2013 1:23 PM

    Tell me again how UT fans, alumni, etc. are less crazy and will provide an atmosphere with less pressure than UA fans? This embarrassing nonsense has been playing out in the media for days if not months. And for what? The possibility that you might get Saban in Austin? A coach the same age as the current coach you are running out of town and who will probably not coach at your university for more than 3-5 years? All this to chase a championship and relevance again?

    Yes UT you are definitely “above” it all.

  17. spd4r8trs says: Dec 12, 2013 1:35 PM

    That’s a Fact Jack…

    – Bill Murray in Stripes (1981)

  18. jdbaker01 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:49 PM

    It is a fact…FSU schedule was soft.

    It is a fact…Alabama would beat FSU in a playoff. (not just my opinion but FACT).

  19. gatorcheme says: Dec 12, 2013 1:54 PM

    TBH, I think that if Saban believed that taking the UT job would somehow relieve him of some perceived pressure that only exists in the SEC (or UA), he wouldn’t bother with it.

    Saban doesn’t strike me as a guy who follows the easy (easier?) route.

    If he takes the UT job, it’ll be because he sees a challenge there that he doesn’t have at UA.

  20. crisper57 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:59 PM

    He’s done. Dead man walking. Can’t recruit in state, especially QB’s. Johnny Football and RGIII were the last straw.

    A “friend of the program”, you know one of the 6 boosters that actually runs UT football, told me on Thanksgiving that Saban was a “done deal”. His exact words.

    And he also said they’d be giving him $8 million a year to leave ‘Bama.

    Book it.

  21. realfootballfan says: Dec 12, 2013 2:18 PM

    Think the longer this thing goes on, the more apparent to me that Saban’s agent is leveraging Alabama for more money. Alot of things work against Texas, that Longhorn Network which obligates portions of the coaches time every day being one of them. Nick Saban is not a fan of the superfluous parts of football. This is a man who was pissed because he had to take time out to play the national championship game last year, lol because he wanted to be out recruiting. Also, contrary to what Texas fans believe, Alabama has as much money to spend as you do. They were the first program that matched an unheard of $5 million a year NFL contract because Saban was who they wanted when no one thought that feasible. they make a whole lot e more money now than then on top of it all, so writing him a check with as many zeroes as he likes won’t be the problem.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    If Powers survived the Regents ouster meeting today then Brown will likely be made Special Assistant to the University President and will resign his position as head coach after the football banquet Friday.

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 2:33 PM

    It’s pretty clear Brown is gone at Texas. It looks like from what’s being reported right now is that the Board of Regents has already acquired the necessary votes to fire Mack. That information got leaked ahead of Mack finding out and Mack flipped out and had Jamail threaten a lawsuit.
    The Board then told Powers if he couldn’t get Mack to resign gracefully then he was out too. Powers seems to have calmed the storm and Mack will retire tomorrow and the banquet will be a celebration of Mack’s tenure in Austin.

    He will probably as fiesty1 says, move to the “front office” and live the rest of his life as Longhorn royalty.

    I also hear that UT is putting together a contract offer that with incentives could be worth as much as $100mm to Saban over 10 yrs….

  24. rmcdonald23 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    I am amazed at the people who are ok with a “solid coach”. You have the highest paid coach in the country (college) and the largest budget in the country and all of the state of Texas as your recruiting playground and you still have just a mediocre team with a “solid coach” and you’re happy with that????

  25. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    Why is some guy ranting about Winston on the Mack Brown page?

    Why is he ranting Winston “was allowing an underage female to consume alcohol”? She told cops she went to Potbelly’s and did a bunch of shots with her friends. Is Winston the bouncer there?

    Why are people at Texas pretending Mack Brown has any say in whether he stays or goes?

    Why does crisper57 keep saying UT has a done deal with Saban because he got it from a big-time booster. Boosters are full of crap.

    People are crazy. Now that’s a fact.

  26. coolhorn46 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    Anyone who thinks the University of Texas, or its’ fans, are satisfied with a “solid” coach hasn’t spent much time in Austin, or Texas for that matter.

    UT canned one head coach (Fred Akers) who had a 75 percent winning percentage on the forty acres. Anybody who can see beyond his or her nose can see that Mack’s not going to be able to bring his program back to ten win seasons and BCS bowls. That is NOT acceptable at UT, and he’s used up all of the good will he gained from the ’05 national championship. That’s why this thread’s on here.

    UT will have a fine new head coach in a couple of days, and he will be given time to get his program up and running. However, UT’s patience is not infinite. The new head coach will be expected to do no less than to put the Horns back into the yearly conversation for championships. That’s the “UT standard” and anything less than that is NOT acceptable for long.

  27. crisper57 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    Why does crisper57 keep saying UT has a done deal with Saban because he got it from a big-time booster. Boosters are full of crap.

    They are also full of money, and this is one of the guys that will be writing the checks.

  28. dhardy8207 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    crisper57 says;

    “They are also full of money, and this is one of the guys that will be writing the checks.”

    ————————————————–

    Just a statement from the “wealthy” that thinks their money can buy everything. If his name isn’t inked on the contact then its not a “done deal”…

  29. crisper57 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:17 PM

    And just for the record, I could care less about UT football. I hate that program. I didn’t go there, I don’t live there, I think the Big 12 is a pit of crap football right now.

    I also don’t hate Alabama, so I am not trying to get a rise out of anyone. I respect their tradition. But I have no ties to that school either. Truth be told, I went to a state school where the is absolutely no football tradition to speak of.

    All I have is the word of a man that I trust, when he told me at the Thanksgiving table that he and 5 other boosters had been approached to land Saban. The asking price was $8 million per year. The group agreed to do it and he was confident the deal was locked in as of a few weeks ago.

  30. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 6:32 PM

    @crisper57 …

    I have no doubt Texas is planning to go after Saban–or already going after him. So when your friend was told to make it happen, he may assume that alone means it’s a done deal. But from the ties I have to Bama boosters, I’m confident they’re equally committed to getting it done. At this point, I doubt anything is a done deal. And money may not be the deciding factor for Saban.

  31. realfootballfan says: Dec 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    crisper57,

    It just confirms to me that Sexton is doing what I think he’s doing. Those boosters are getting played for leverage, and Sexton is going to make sure he gets more than the $7 million that Alabama was expecting to pay. My guess, this lands around $8.5 million and he stays at Alabama. Just think about it, unless Notre Dame wants to hire him, he will never have a better negotiating tool than this moment the rest of his career. NFL jobs ren’t paying that kind of money. Daniel Snyder is paying Mike Shanahan $7 million, and I’m guessing he’ll think long and hard before he pulls the checkbook out for that big an amount again considering how that’s going. No other pro coach is close besides Bellichick for obvious reasons.

    Those Texas boosters telegraphing what they plan/want to do also shows how out of their depth they are here. Alabama has been at this awhile; it just took them too long to cut ties from the “we need a Bear Bryant disciple” nonsense that kept them from getting back on top fast as they wanted to.

    I remember when Alabama got Saban, the money people didn’t have to be coaxed into putting the money together. It was who they wanted so they just went out and did it without any discussion, and there was a whole lot more evidence that Nick Saban wanted to go then than the straws people are grasping at now that he wants to go to Austin. I think you’ll see that Alabama money open up without hesitation again in this case in the next few days as well.

  32. unczsz1978 says: Dec 12, 2013 11:18 PM

    Yes I’m still pissed at him. One days says I’m not going anywhere and then the following Sunday he is in TX.

    He made the bed now he can lay in it. DON’T EVEN THINK OF COMING BACK TO CHAPEL HILL.

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