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Reports: Mack Brown to step into analyst role at ESPN

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It appears that Mack Brown’s sabbatical from the game of college football will be a brief one.

Citing sources familiar with the process, Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News confirmed a Chip Brown report that the former Texas head football coach has reached an agreement to serve as a studio analyst this fall.  UT athletic director Steve Patterson subsequently confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls that the long-time coach is opting for a television gig.

An official announcement is expected at some point this week, Bohls reported.

It’s unclear what studio role Brown will fill — and if the Longhorn Network will be involved — although hopefully it means either Mark May or Lou Holtz — or both — will be shown the door, although we won’t hold our breath on that front.  There have been reports that Holtz is set to retire, although ESPN has denied the speculation that came directly from Holtz himself.  From a interview with Holtz last month:

On why he wants to retire after the 2014 season:
“I’d like to practice my golf a little more. I’ve been everywhere except to bed. I’ve spoken to everybody except my wife. Somebody said, ‘Do you ever go anywhere where people don’t recognize you?’ I said home. I owe it to her to spend a little more time with her. I said that last year too.”

Brown “stepped down” as the Longhorns’ head coach in December of 2013 after 16 seasons in Austin, and was ultimately replaced by Charlie Strong three weeks later.  Since his “resignation,” Brown has served as a paid advisor — $500,000 annually — to university president Bill Powers as part of a new contract that runs through 2020.

Additionally, Texas will pay Brown a total of $2.75 million over four years as part of the settlement to force an early retirement for Brown.

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15 Responses to “Reports: Mack Brown to step into analyst role at ESPN”
  1. mikefoxtrottango says: Jun 2, 2014 12:36 PM


    Please fire Mark May.

    College Football Fans Everywhere

  2. manik56 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:55 PM

    With a quote like that, how does anyone hate Lou Holtz?

  3. honkerdawg says: Jun 2, 2014 1:44 PM

    Lou Holtz and Mack Brown, guess ESPN wants their ratings as well as quality (not much now) to go down even further

  4. dmvtransplant says: Jun 2, 2014 1:45 PM

    Mack’s been on a sabbatical since he lost to Bama and the UT W-L record and draft picks prove it. He loves not to coach.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jun 2, 2014 2:48 PM

    He’d be the perfect replacement for Holtz. HEs basically senile on the set. Time to go. Congrats Mack.

  6. onbucky96 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:08 PM

    Wow. With ESPN helping run the Longhorn Cable Network, I did not see this coming. Signed, no one.

  7. bat42boy says: Jun 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    Just a horrible decision by ESPN. Wish Fox was a more aggressive competitor. May and Holtz should stay. At least they know what they are talking about. Brown should stay retired and just go away.

  8. bmadormo says: Jun 2, 2014 9:41 PM

    Please retire Holtz.

  9. onlyoneleft says: Jun 2, 2014 10:37 PM

    Anything is an improvement over Loose Boltz. May too.

  10. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 2, 2014 10:46 PM


  11. sportsguy3434 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:36 AM

    Mack will be perfect for an analyst role. He’s been around the game forever.

    Maybe someone will replace Lee Corso…not necessarily Mack.

  12. imaduffer says: Jun 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    “If team “A” can stop team “B” from scoring, then team “A” has a real good chance of winning the game”, says every college football analyst

    I think that ESPN should have hired the person who invented the “mute” button.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 3, 2014 2:22 PM

    Hopefully they don’t have him analyzing QB play.

  14. dhardy8207 says: Jun 9, 2014 1:51 PM

    WOW… Guess Mack has got to get another gig to make up for that more than $5 mil per year pay cut he took when he was asked to “resign” **cough cough** for a better position securing new recruits for the Longhairs…

  15. dhardy8207 says: Jun 9, 2014 1:51 PM

    Oops **Longhorns***

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