The University of Texas is without a head coach according to Chip Brown of Orange Bloods. He is reporting that Longhorns head coach Mack Brown is stepping down after 16 seasons.
The Longhorns season got off to a rough start, but the Longhorns fought back. Heading into their game against Baylor, the Longhorns had a chance to win the Big 12 Championship and go to a BCS Bowl, but they lost the season finale.
It comes on the heels of a report saying that a decision regarding Brown’s future would come within the next 48 hours. It apparently wound up needing just a few hours.
From College Football Talk:
Citing what he calls a “high-ranking source,” Bobby Burton of 247Sports.com is reporting that the “decision on Mack Brown’s future [is] expected in [the] next ’48 hours.’” Whether that decision will be made by Brown alone — to return or retire/move on — or if the long-time UT coach will have some “help” from university officials and powerful boosters is the ultimate X factor.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman had reported Sunday that a decision on Brown’s future could come in the next two weeks.
Apparently, Brown and Texas’ new athletic director Steve Patterson met over this weekend as well.
Have confirmed that UT president Bill Powers didn’t join Mack Brown and Steve Patterson in NYC this week. Brown & Patterson met Sunday.
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) December 10, 2013
This changes the perspective on today’s Saban at Austin airport “prank.” All those Saban rumors we’ve been hearing for weeks will ramp up until Texas names their head coach.
High-level sources tell http://t.co/Pb827xg41z Mack Brown will step down as coach at Texas after 16 years.
— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) December 10, 2013
[UPDATE:] Mack Brown is denying that he has decided to step down.
From ESPN Dallas:
“I haven’t seen [the] article,” Brown wrote in a text message to the website Horns247. “I’m in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down, I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down.”
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