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Mack Brown’s attorney: ‘He’ll decide on his own’ to stay or go

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At some point between now and Friday evening, it’s expected that Mack Brown will, voluntarily or with a nudge, step down as Texas’ head coach.

Until then, an individual close to the longtime coach continues to publicly claim that the decision to stay or go is solely.

Wednesday, Brown’s attorney Joe Jamail denied reports that surfaced Tuesday, saying that his client and longtime friend “has not tendered his resignation” and has yet to decide whether he’ll continue on as the Longhorns’ coach beyond 2013.  More to the point, Jamail claims Brown is not being pushed in either direction by UT officials even as reports and speculation suggest otherwise and, when it comes to his future in Austin, “he’ll decide that on his own.”

The administration is not asking him to do anything. They’re leaving the decision to him and he’ll make that decision when the time comes, and when he thinks it’s best for the university,” Jameil said according to the Dallas Morning News.

For now, Brown remains very active on the recruiting trail.  Even as the coach is at least attempting to plow forward on that front, he acknowledged to at least one recruit that he’s uncertain what the future holds.

“I talked to Mack [Tuesday] night on the phone and basically, he was saying it really wasn’t true, that he wants to be at Texas,” Texas City high schooler and 2014 UT verbal Armanti Foreman told “He was out recruiting and he wouldn’t be out recruiting if he didn’t want to stay. So I mean, he really wants to stay, but he doesn’t really know what’s going to happen.”

As if it weren’t abundantly clear already, the bolded, italicized part tells you all you really need to know about whether the decision to continue on as UT’s head coach truly rests in Brown’s hands.

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21 Responses to “Mack Brown’s attorney: ‘He’ll decide on his own’ to stay or go”
  1. polegojim says: Dec 12, 2013 8:35 AM

    It’s like the Eagles song…

    He’s ‘Already Gone’, but he’s been given time to make it look like it was Mack’s idea. I get that.

  2. noaxetogrind says: Dec 12, 2013 8:40 AM

    The University of Texas has the right, like any employer, to hire and fire who they may. We have the right to voice our opinions on the veracity of such a move. However, what they don’t have the right to do, in my opinion, is play this little coy PR game to make it look like Mack is leaving of his own accord when it is painfully obvious to the contrary. Man up UT and do what you are going to do. We are not quite as gullible as you would like us to be.

  3. charles130 says: Dec 12, 2013 8:56 AM

    Plan A: Bring Vince Young back and pretend he is a freshman QB.

    Plan B: Retire

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 12, 2013 8:56 AM

    And the fans will decide on their own if they want to show up and watch another 8-4 season.

    The problem here is not UT, but Mack has said he wants to pass Royal’s record so that it will validate his tenure. Joe is not helping by threatening to sue people for trying to force him out. UT has the right to part ways. This may get ugly before it gets better.

  5. deadeye says: Dec 12, 2013 9:10 AM

    ‘He’ll decide on his own’


    Sure he will. By the way, if he creates a big enough stink that causes Saban to remain at Alabama, Brown will not be treated as royalty in his retired life as DKR was.

  6. tgaustin says: Dec 12, 2013 9:30 AM

    On a lighter note, congrats to Jackson Jeffcoat on winning the Ted Hendricks award yesterday. Not sure why they haven’t posted this on this site yet? Can’t wait to see him play on Sundays…reminds me a lot of JJ Watt.

  7. bralinshan says: Dec 12, 2013 9:31 AM

    Brown hasn’t caused the STINK. Texas has done all of this garbage completely on their own…
    Say what you will about Mack Brown, and if it’s time to part company…but, he’s a good and decent man and has had a good run that includes an NC.
    IF he’s NOT the man to lead the program going forward, then FIRE him already.
    He doesn’t want to leave on his own so UT should have fired him and saved him from this lack of dignity dance.
    Good leadership makes tough decisions and then executes those decisions. Leaving someone twisting in the wind is ridiculous. And it stinks of lousy leadership. Nick Saban calls 100% of his own shots at Alabama and I’m wondering why a guy of total competence like him…would ever go to a place where they leave a good man twisting in the wind, unable to end this disgraceful episode. Mack Brown deserved better than this and Saban has to be watching this charade and wondering why anyone would work for people who can’t lead a one car funeral…This entire Mack Brown situation is distasteful and beneath Texas or any school for that matter. In fact, why would ANY great coach go to work for these clowns?

  8. overratedgators says: Dec 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    “So I mean, he really wants to stay, but he doesn’t really know what’s going to happen.”

    Translation: If Texas can’t land Saban, he can stay. If Saban signs, he’ll “resign”.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:10 AM

    Friday night after he talks with the team and his assistants and then he’ll say bye. Waiting on what the regents decide on President Powers future (today) and whether or not he’ll become an assistant to the president (if powers is still employed).

  10. v2the4 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    the regents are hell bent on getting rid of President Bill Powers, and that comes straight from the governors office, as Rick Perry has a horrible relationship with Powers….I think the regents are going to force Powers out at some point….if they do, then I think Mack announces his decision to leave at the banquet of friday night.

    I would love to see him get the career wins record at UT, but the fan base and brass can no longer stomach an 8-4 season especially since we have falling behind the likes of Baylor and Oklahoma St now….

    I would much rather go after Stanford coach David Shaw myself, because we know if we get Saban, we get all of his baggage, and you know he will only stay in Austin for a few seasons before he retires or heads back to the NFL…

  11. normtide says: Dec 12, 2013 11:36 AM

    Just a heads up, Saban is a control freak. He is the one voice for the athletic dept. Texas seems to have 100 boxes, and none in unison. In a way, it would be hilarious to see him operate in that system. However, the more I see how UT operates, the less I see Saban going there.

  12. normtide says: Dec 12, 2013 11:37 AM

    Voices, not boxes. Wth

  13. 1990tiger says: Dec 12, 2013 11:41 AM

    It’s his decision to make and “He’ll decide on his own” whether to stay or leave………..provided his decision agrees with the one made by the Texas AD.

  14. mbankston says: Dec 12, 2013 12:27 PM

    V2thea4- Why in the world would you want this guy to have the all time wins record? He’s been good for UT, but he isn’t DKR. Additionally, if you think David Shaw has any chance of being hired, I have serious doubts that you have a clue of UT politics. Saban would come in, restore the program and then ride off into the sunset.(not the NFL) If you want to get back to the mountain top, he’s the guy. Maybe he wins a NC, maybe he doesn’t, but you certainly won’t lose to BYU and Miss.

  15. gatorcheme says: Dec 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    I’ll bet Urban Meyer is feeding the media reports that Mack is stepping down. They must be competing for some of the same recruits.

  16. overratedgators says: Dec 12, 2013 2:09 PM

    And like an obsessed spurned lover, a Gator fan jumps in to blame this, like everything else, on Urban Meyer.

  17. gatorcheme says: Dec 12, 2013 2:16 PM

    :) And queue the Gator-Haters…


    Sarcasm doesn’t translate well over text, but you are especially deaf to it.

    And in contrast to your point, I actually like Urban. I think he’s an excellent coach. As for the press he gets…he’s human, just like everyone else.

    Oops, this thread is about Mack’s lawyer, whose statement I value less than those of overratedgators’.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 2:54 PM

    Heard the Longhorns are putting together a $100mm contract offer to Saban

  19. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    @v2the4 …

    Does Texas Gov. Rick Perry really have some voice in whether Powers keeps his job? Perry says he’s not running for re-election next year, so how important is his relationship with the university president?

  20. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2013 8:15 PM

    @ Deb. …. it’s just that Perry is an Aggie and he’s just trying to put the screws to Texas.

  21. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    Ohhhh … now that makes sense! LOL

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