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Report: Texas president KO’ed Mack Brown’s return

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The details of the final days of Mack Brown’s tenure at Texas are starting to come into focus.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports is reporting that, as of the morning of Dec. 14, Brown had the support of athletic director Steve Patterson and the Texas brass to return for the 2014 season.

That morning, Brown hosted a breakfast with recruits and afterward had an upbeat talk with Patterson for a few hours about changes for the program moving forward.

But, about an hour after that meeting, Patterson called Brown and told him that he needed to see him at the football offices:

The source told Yahoo Sports that Patterson arrived at the football building with a jarring change of heart for Brown: You need to resign. That was the decision of University of Texas president Bill Powers, and Patterson was the apologetic messenger. The source said Powers, a longtime friend and supporter of the football coach, abruptly yanked the rug out from beneath Brown after supporting his continued tenure the previous two days.

So although the school later that day portrayed Brown’s decision to resign as voluntary, he was in fact pushed out by the university president.

This is obviously water under the bridge at this point, but it certainly doesn’t portray Texas in a good light. Brown, who won a national title for the Longhorns, probably deserved better than to be jerked around like that.

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18 Responses to “Report: Texas president KO’ed Mack Brown’s return”
  1. polegojim says: Dec 23, 2013 9:02 PM

    I surely hope NOBODY thought any differently.

    They were being gracious to Mack, as was absolutely the proper thing to do… but it was a done deal long before he made it public.

  2. saints97 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:20 PM

    I find it hilarious that there are actual reporters who think that Bill Powers has final say over who the football coach is. Anyone believing that doesn’t understand the power structure at UT.

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:29 PM

    I find this hard to believe, too. Powers and Dodds had Mack’s back and Brown was even dropping Power’s name at the Alamo bowl press conference. I don’t think that Patterson really backed Mack wholeheartedly

    Maybe Powers was the messenger for the board.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 23, 2013 10:58 PM

    Saints and sportsguy,

    I have numerous wagers that I will collect on from
    some Longhorn friends. I wagered that Bill Powers would fire Mack Brown in order to retain his
    job. He retained his job and the Longhorn friends said that they would need proof. So now, I’m emailing them the link to this site to show that Powers threw Mack under the bus.

    Saints and sports guy, the two of you are spot on about the behind the scene machinations that UT alums look to exert to build themselves up. That have been going on forever.

    Don’t think Mack is the first one. DKR wanted to name his successor at Texas and Frank Irwin, a UT regent at the time, led a coup and told DKR to his face that he wanted Fred Akers from Wyoming. Guess who won that battle?

    Ever wonder why college and NFL coaches don’t come out and say they want to be the next head coach at Texas? This is one of the reasons.


  5. vincentbojackson says: Dec 23, 2013 11:10 PM

    Powers “yanked the rug” out from under Brown so that the rug he stands on wasn’t yanked out from under him by the donors that actually call the shots.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 23, 2013 11:54 PM

    The Nebraska and Army rumors were posted on over a week ago. Is Yahoo just reading message boards and then reporting rumor as fact?

  7. lottsmissingfinger says: Dec 24, 2013 12:26 AM

    Anyone want to place a bet on the source for this story? Possibly one or more of Rick Perry’s toadies he’s been appointing to the UT board? These cronies have been focused more on doing everything they can to settle political scores on Perry’s behalf than doing what is best for the University of Texas.

  8. ronm1963 says: Dec 24, 2013 1:28 AM

    This whole situation is just one more black eye for UT athletics and the culture that has emerged as a result of the all encompassing application of what I deem is the “Texas Way” to ensuring its domination of any athletic endeavor or conference in which it becomes involved.

    It virtually destroyed the old SWC with its “lone star” demeanor; overwhelmed the former Big 8 with planning, guile and steamrolling tactics to have its way; and eventually turned the Big XII into SWC-II dominated once again by Texas. The cave-in to the Longhorn offensive essentially ensured the conference departure of Texas A&M, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska who were not about to continue cowering to a Texas Approach designed to dominate every aspect of the Big XII.

    The result for the Big XII, although still dominated by Texas, has been a much weakened conference that seems ill-suited to long life. Although the two major Oklahoma schools seem slavishly bent on following Texas’s lead to anywhere it might take them, there’s little doubt the two Kansas schools would leave in a heart-beat if they could find a conference that would take both of them. Meanwhile, you can bet Texas will seek whatever is best for Texas and if it gets the right offer it’ll be bye-bye Big XII.

    In the final analysis, the recent treatment of Mack Brown in the sordid tale of what has become of Texas Longhorn football is about as low as it gets. Indeed, Texas and company deserve all the slings and arrows that can be hurled its way. And frankly, Brown simply is too good for the ingrates that populate the base of this program.

    As for the eventual outcome for Texas? Hopefully, very soon, the school will have no other choice but to hire Billy Bob Dud as head coach because no one else will want to put up with the Texas Way; the other former Big 8 schools will realize how much better off life without Texas can be; and the Longhorns will be left to play with themselves in a league of their own.

  9. suprmous says: Dec 24, 2013 1:40 AM

    Sounds to me like they’re not too appreciative of what Mack Brown did for em while he was there. And this reeks of dead fish. This guy who calls himself the President of the Univ needs to go and learn some people skills if not find himself another job. I’m glad he isn’t headed toward LSU. We sure as hell don’t need anybody like him runnin things and I’m sure nobody else would want him runnin their program with the attitude he’s got. Geesh, he’s got an attitude worse than some HCs, just sayin.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:54 AM

    Powers threw Brown under the bus to save his own job. Arrogant jerk.

  11. dhardy8207 says: Dec 24, 2013 9:34 AM

    Well well.. the dirt always comes out in the wash as my granny would say. What’s puzzling to me though is that Brown has agreed to stay on as the patsie of the President to do their “fund raising” chores. He must be getting some serious perks to remain in Austin after he has already been stabbed in the back by those same superiors.

    Trust is earned and I think in the latter days of his coaching status he trusted those he called friends/colleagues. This all makes it really hard for any coach of elite status to give any serious consideration in taking the position as head coach.

  12. friarjack61 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:50 AM

    A President kicks out the coach ????? Has any, so-called reporter, asked a direct question to the President….did he initiate the firing ? News is not supposition, facts are !!

  13. wryly1 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    You can have an off year at Texas, but not two or more in a row. Powers likely had to oust Mack Brown to keep his own position as University President.

  14. apkyletexas says: Dec 24, 2013 1:21 PM

    Pat Forde is kind of a dick for running that story without sources willing to go on the record.

    Let the man retain a little dignity. What’s to gain by laughing in his face now? He was a pretty good coach at one time – took down Carroll’s USC juggernaut in its prime.

  15. realfootballfan says: Dec 24, 2013 4:02 PM

    Yea, you don’t deserve to get “jerked around” with a 5+ million dollar contract in hand while you’re in the midst of a 5 year underachievement spell. Give me a break.

  16. apkyletexas says: Dec 24, 2013 5:19 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Dec 24, 2013 4:02 PM
    Yea, you don’t deserve to get “jerked around” with a 5+ million dollar contract in hand while you’re in the midst of a 5 year underachievement spell. Give me a break.


    It’s not whether he “deserved to get jerked around”. Clearly, he’s been mediocre as a football coach for the past few years.

    I just don’t see the point in piling on. If the man wants to say “I resigned”, why not let him ride off with a little dignity? What’s the value of printing an anonymous-sourced story to try to prove he was fired? It is not about anything more than trying to taint a man’s personal dignity and reputation. There’s nothing else to be gained from that story in terms of dollars and cents, or in terms of recruits or winning.

    Then again, nothing ever stop Forde from trying to be the bigger d-bag.

    In the end though, it won’t matter. Twenty years from now, Mack Brown will be remembered only as the winning coach in “the Greatest Game Ever Played”. Deservedly so.

  17. chinahand11 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:02 PM

    I would throw some of you guys under the bus to save my own job. Nothing personal.

  18. oreo51 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:35 PM

    Your enemies never stab you in the back, only your friends.

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