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Texas paying Mack Brown $2.75 million not to coach

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Texas will pay former football coach Mack Brown a total of $2.75 million over four years as part of the settlement to force an early retirement for Brown. Brown also will take on a paid role as a special assistant to the athletics department. That is one fine way to retire.

According to the Associated Press, the university will set up a schedule of annual installments to pay Brown his total $2.75 million, a fee equal to the amount Brown would have been paid if fired by the school before the end of 2014. Brown and the university made everything appear to be a mutual decision, but whether you believe that or not is up to you. Regardless, Brown will get paid his $2.75 million in addition to what he will be paid for his special advisor role. That total is reported to be worth $500,000 a year in a role that will likely lead to numerous fundraising efforts for the school and athletics department.

Texas made the coaching change official between the end of the regular season and before the Alamo Bowl. The Longhorns later hired Charlie Strong away from Louisville.

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9 Responses to “Texas paying Mack Brown $2.75 million not to coach”
  1. ratsfoiledagain says: Feb 12, 2014 6:18 PM

    You could pay me 200K a year, and I won’t coach them.

    For another 25K, I won’t set foot in the state of Texas.

  2. apkyletexas says: Feb 12, 2014 7:12 PM

    He’ll raise far more than that for them from the boosters and the alumni. From that perspective, he’s a bargain.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Feb 12, 2014 7:26 PM

    Why is there a buy out if he RESIGNED? Sounds like he was fired.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 8:32 PM

    If you believe that Mack “resigned” by his own accord…. I have some ocean front property in Oklahoma I like to offer you….

  5. apkyletexas says: Feb 12, 2014 11:00 PM

    Darrel Royal worked with UT till he died. Don’t expect Mack to do anything different. Keeping him under contract is the smart thing to do, from a financial perspective. The dude is a fund-raising powerhouse – probably much better at that than at coaching.

  6. rayvid says: Feb 13, 2014 8:48 AM

    Maybe if they had a half mil he’ll shut up and stop running the new recruits off.


  7. v2the4 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:44 AM

    thats standard operating procedure if a coach resigns or is fired for cause..Jeff Tedford at Cal had a $6M buyout that was negotiated down to 3.75M when he was fired last year…Gene Chizik got $4M from Auburn, and even Bobby Petrino got $2M from Arkansas after his dismissal.

    Mack is living large…he made plenty of money at UT..he has a pension plan…the university has given him a car allowance, a fat benefits plan, and he has a suite at DKR stadium, and 25 hour use of one of UT’s private planes….

    I agree with apkyle…Mack will bring in so much money in his fundraising capacity that pretty soon he will have a building named after him on campus.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 13, 2014 12:00 PM

    @mikefinger: So the final UT football coach tally for the next four years: $20.6 to Strong, $4.375 to Louisville, $4.75 to Mack. That’s $7.4M/year.

    7.4M/year, and they still won’t beat Baylor.

  9. woebegong says: Feb 13, 2014 1:02 PM

    Shoot, I thought they were doing that for the last three years already.

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