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Mack Brown to serve as paid advisor to UT president

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Less than 24 hours after doing the expected and stepping down as the head football coach at Texas, Mack Brown‘s future at the university has officially been clarified.

At a press conference celebrating Brown’s 16 years with the Longhorns, it was confirmed that Brown will serve as a special advisor to UT president Bill Powers.  While Brown’s duties weren’t detailed, the now-former coach is expected to be heavily involved in fundraising for the university.

Brown will reportedly receive a salary of $500,000 for his new role, with a contract that runs through 2020.  In 2013, Brown made a little under $5.5 million as head coach.

During the meeting with the media this afternoon, Brown stated that he went back and forth in his own head this week as he contemplated his future as the Longhorns’ coach.  The decision to resign was made Saturday, Brown said, in the best interests of the program and without any push from university officials or boosters.

Brown was asked how he hopes his time in Austin, which included 158 wins (second all-time at the school to Darrell Royal‘s 167), two BCS championship game appearances and one title, will be remembered.

“Bringing some joy to Texas, getting us back on track,” the future Hall of Famer said. “The second thing is that I did it with integrity and class.”

Brown also gave a very poignant response when asked about the biggest regrets of his tenure: the Texas A&M bonfire tragedy and the death of Cole Pittman in a car wreck.

The the collapse of the Aggies’ traditional bonfire killed 12 people during Brown’s second season with the Longhorns in 1999.  Pittman, a UT defensive end at the time, was killed in a single-car accident in February of 2001 as he was returning to Austin after visiting his family in Louisiana.

This is the hardest thing I have faced in 29 years of coaching,” Brown said at the time of Pittman’s death. “We’ve lost a member of our family and it really hurts. Every member of our team is like a son and you can never prepare yourself for something like this. I don’t even know how to begin.”

It seems fitting, then, that Brown mentioned Pittman as he steps into coaching retirement.  While many can debate Brown’s recent worth as a head coach and recruiter, there’s no debating the man is the epitome of class and grace on his way out of the door.

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11 Responses to “Mack Brown to serve as paid advisor to UT president”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:37 PM

    Good for him! Two things kind of stand out as an oddity in all this…

    “While Brown’s duties weren’t detailed, the now-former coach is expected to be heavily involved in fundraising for the university.”

    Wait…why would he need to fund raise? Though Texas has PLENTY of money. Judging by all the comments posted about how easily they can buy whatever coach they want, one would think fund raising is for those beneath the great UT…

    “Brown will reportedly receive a salary of $500,000 for his new role, with a contract that runs through 2020. In 2013, Brown made a little under $5.5 million as head coach.”

    Hmmm, he will be “fund raising” for the university through the exact same year his coaching contract was up? Something smells foul about this, as he is now making $5 mil less a year but he’s taking a role to increase revenue…hmmm…interesting…

    I’m going out on that limb again and assume this is UT’s way of salvaging the recruits that Brown has secured for the upcoming season or to hang on to players they already have. Hate to see a mad exodus from Austin, but new recruits or those that are redshirted may be pondering a move if Brown were gone completely….

  2. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 15, 2013 5:04 PM

    This isn’t unheard of – Darrel Royal held a similar position at Texas for years.

    As far as fundraising goes, there isn’t a university in the US that doesn’t try to squeeze every nickel they can for the entire school -not just athletics.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    Well, DUH! Foregone conclusion.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 15, 2013 5:25 PM

    This exact role and salary was reported by Chip Brown from the beginning. The title is just something impressive in the vicinity of what he is doing. He will have an office, a role, and a cushy income. His contact from his last extension actually had this description if he would voluntarily relinquish his duties. Plus big donors love Mack and he can smooth over the transition. Nothing really fishy or unexpected here.

  5. southernpatriots says: Dec 15, 2013 5:28 PM

    I expected this announcement. As lottsmissingfinger already posted, “Darrel Royal held a similar position.” Brown can definitely take photos with gold heeled and tipped booted boosters and raise a huge amount of money for the athletic program and school during that time.

    Coach Brown is Longhorn royalty and will enjoy that position for the rest of his life.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Dec 15, 2013 5:51 PM

    @lottsmissingfinger

    That was a dig at all the UT fans that have been bosting about how deep Texas pockets are. The way they talk you would think Fort Knox was moved to Austin and absolutely nothing or no one was out of reach for their big $$$$….

  7. imaduffer says: Dec 15, 2013 6:08 PM

    He will advise the next coach that if you don’t win the BigXII you will be fired.

  8. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 15, 2013 6:43 PM

    @dhardy8207,

    Understandable. As a UT alum, it bothers me to hear everyone saying money is the only true measure of success. The UT athletics program is the richest and most profitable in pure dollars but being able to make money isn’t a guarantee for smart decision making (see Snyder, Daniel and Jones, Jerry).

    I just want everyone to take a breath and see how the new AD handles the situation. As for Mack, I hope everyone realizes how far he has brought UT since he took over. I was at Texas during the McWilliams/Mackovic era and it was ugly.

  9. southernpatriots says: Dec 15, 2013 7:31 PM

    I do understand. We are so glad to have Miles as our coach because we have similar memories of Curley Hallman and others, a large stretch between beloved Cholly Mac and Saban where the LSU Tigers languished, except maybe for Arnsbarger’s years.

    Wish you and the Longhorns the best in getting a coach of integrity and with wisdom as well as one who can recruit the great high schools of Texas and around the nation. I am sure the AD and president will consult with Mack on that choice among others in the days and years ahead.

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 15, 2013 8:21 PM

    Amazing! Coach Brown takes a $5,000,000 pay cut and he still makes more than I do.

  11. dg0122 says: Dec 16, 2013 7:57 AM

    Mack may have had his detractors and shown some thin skin in the last few years if his tenure. But at the end of the day he returned Texas football and really the entire athletic department to prominence. Winning a NC, playing for another, and getting screwed out of another chance is pretty damn impressive. And mentioning the passing of Cole Pittman and TAMU students as his biggest regret is truly a class move.

    Thank you for all you’ve done for the University and relax and enjoy your new role. You’ve earned it

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