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Mack Brown’s future at Texas could be decided today

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Today’s the day, people. Today may be the day the Mack Brown era sets an expiration date. At the least, the discussion about what’s next will happen Friday, according to Chip Brown of

Brown is expected to meet with Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and president Bill Powers at some point today to discuss his future in Austin. Most reports out there point to Brown stepping down or being ousted out after 16 years on the job, which included a streak of nine straight double-digit-win seasons and a national title.

Brown, speaking Thursday, said his “situation has not changed.”

Once Brown leaves his post, the Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors will begin swirling at ludicrous speed. So for now, enjoy the peace and quiet, because when this Brown decision hits it’ll be impossible to tune out the noise.

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22 Responses to “Mack Brown’s future at Texas could be decided today”
  1. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:32 AM

    Scratch that…will be…or should be. If you eat lunch and and we don’t know yet, then Mack is fighting it.

    And for crying out loud, I hope that they make a rule that a board member cannot be a rep or agent for ANYONE on campus. That is a complete conflict of interest with Mack, UT, and Joe.

  2. deadeye says: Dec 13, 2013 8:43 AM

    “Mack Brown’s future at Texas could be decided today”


    It was decided when UT gave up 500 yards rushing to BYU. Mack Brown’s future at Texas could be announced today.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    sportsguy3434 says: Dec 13, 2013 8:32 AM

    Scratch that…will be…or should be. If you eat lunch and and we don’t know yet, then Mack is fighting it.
    I believe it is pretty obvious that Mack is fighting it. If not, things would have already been done as from a PR standpoint Texas has been taking it in the shorts all week.

    The question becomes has Mack found some way to politic his way to keeping his job another year and if so who does he have pictures of smoking crack with a hooker?

  4. charles130 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:09 AM

    An announcement will be made tomorrow….

    But that shouldnt stop Orangebloods from making something up today.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 10:12 AM

    It’s already been decided. Mack is being given the ability to do it behind closed doors and then tonight they’ll celebrate his tenure at the football banquet.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 13, 2013 10:21 AM

    translation:Either leave on your own or we’ll push you out the door.

  7. scotchman says: Dec 13, 2013 10:40 AM

    There’s not much Mack can do to “fight it” at this point. It’s pretty clear that DeLoss Dodds retired because he didn’t want to have to fire Mack Brown, and he knew that would probably be forced on him. Steve Patterson was brought in to execute his vision of the athletic program. He will make the call on whether Mack stays or goes… not Mack or anybody else.

    What’s probably happening right now is Bill Powers, Steve Patterson, the regents and boosters are negotiating with Mack on how much money he’s going to get on his way out, and where they’re going to put the statue.

  8. halbert53 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    Saban to UT? Unlikely.
    Briles to conference rival UT? Unlikely.
    Sumlin to UT? Unlikely.
    Gundy leave alma mater OK ST for UT? Unlikely.

    More likely: Mora to UT and Orgeron to UCLA (Pat Haden’s nightmare);

    Or Hugh Freeze to UT after beating Longhorns by 21 this fall.

    Hail Mary: James Franklin.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 12:15 PM


    If I’m UT and I can’t have Saban (which it’s starting to look like they can)

    I want Mark Dantonio, David Shaw, or Art Briles

    I think they could easily pull Dantonio or Shaw. Briles, ironically, I think would be tougher.

    At first, I thought there was NO WAY Saban was going to Austin, but I don’t think he can say no to $100MM. I think Saban is going to be sitting in a suite w/ Powers and Patterson at the Alamo Dome later this month.

  10. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    Yeah, yeah. I’ll just be over here with the rest of the college football world. Wake me if anything actually happens.

  11. scotchman says: Dec 13, 2013 12:23 PM

    re: halbert53

    Realistic Texas fans will tell you Saban is no better than a 50/50 proposition. But it’s pretty obvious that he at least has some interest and is listening to what Texas has to say. Maybe he’s just leveraging Alabama for more money. But they left a $1 million raise on his desk last week and still haven’t heard back from him.

    Briles is a possibility. And I wish Sumlin was. But most of the names you mention wouldn’t even be on their radar. Love ’em or hate ’em, Texas is one of the most sought after jobs in the country, and they will have their pick of several good candidates. Whoever they hire will be a big name.

    I’d bet a dollar that it’s one of the following: Saban, Briles, Shaw, Malzahn or a top-shelf NFL coach.

  12. halbert53 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Any of 3 you suggest would be better than Mora. Briles would be tough to pry away from Baylor because he would be tearing down what he built up.

    Shaw is a Stanford alum I believe and is in his dream job. Don’t think Gundy would leave OSU for same reason.

    The MSU coach would be a good hire, and not that I like Mora, I could see UT hiring him.

  13. halbert53 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:31 PM

    Saban is enough of a snake you don’t know what to believe, which is part of what makes him a formidable coach.

  14. tg1896 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:49 PM

    Deb – stop it! You’re killing me. Too funny.

  15. kastout11 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:25 PM

    Saban isn’t going anywhere. If Texas does not have thier coach yet, then they’re gonig to push out a hall of fame coach with no replacement determined. If they already have the guy and he is a home run, then I support the move.

  16. drummerhoff says: Dec 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    Has everyone seen this? Very funny:

  17. halbert53 says: Dec 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    I was surprised when Brown was hired by UT. He was a good coach in a weak conference at that time. At the time of being hired, he was considered by most people as a rising star but not a top-drawer coach who had “arrived.” Except for the past few years he has done well, but not much more than would be expected from any coach at Texas.

    People like Briles, Shaw and Gundy are more highly regarded today than Brown was at the time of his hire. So while I expect UT to hire an excellent coach, I think it will be a relatively young up and coming coach who is well respected but maybe not at the top of the publics list.

  18. whitdog23 says: Dec 13, 2013 2:07 PM

    “Today’s the day, people. Today may be the day”
    Great writing (read sarcastically) you contradict yourself within 9 words.

  19. scotchman says: Dec 13, 2013 2:36 PM

    Mack Brown elevated the program significantly over the previous three coaches (Mackovic, McWilliams, Akers). One national championship, another NC appearance, something like 8 consecutive seasons with 10+ wins. In the same time period, they’ve completely renovated their stadium and turned their fundraising program into an absolute monster. It’s a much more attractive job now than when Mack Brown was hired. It’s doubtful that anybody discussed here so far is completely out of reach.

    I do think they’d prefer somebody young who will be around for awhile. Gundy would fit the profile and would probably make the jump, but I don’t think he’s as big of a splash as they’re looking for. If they can’t pull off the Saban business, that makes me think Shaw or Malzahn. Shaw might not want to leave Stanford, but he’ll consider it if they start talking money. To me, Malzahn would have been a slam dunk if Ohio State hadn’t lost and put Auburn into the big game. Now it’s a little stickier.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 13, 2013 4:09 PM


    What if Texas went that same route again and hired Cutcliffe?

  21. halbert53 says: Dec 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    Cutcliffe would be good hire . He got a raw deal from Ole Miss, but you can’t imagine how tough to recruit at Ole Miss. UT can recruit but has had some issues evaluating talent and getting production on the field. Cutcliffe gets more out his talent than most coaches. He may not have the name recognition among casual UT fans as other choices but would do well.

  22. gg206 says: Dec 13, 2013 7:09 PM

    I have one warning for you Texas. Don’t do what Tennessee did. You will regret it for up to a decade if you don’t get Saban, don’t downgrade from Mack unless you have the 2nd coming in waiting

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