Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown celebrates winning the game against the Oklahoma Sooners after the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Texas Longhorns beat the Oklahoma Sooners 36-20. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns players 'shocked' and 'upset' at Mack Brown's resignation

There were reports that Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown was stepping down, which were denied vehemently. Then at the end of the week he ended up stepping down, it was shocking to fans and players alike.

“It was definitely shocking,” defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said, via ESPN Dallas. “Just the timing of it, we didn’t expect it. You always hear things floating around, always hear rumors, but you never really pay attention to it until something happens.

“It really upset us when it happened. He made his decision and he’s still coaching for this game, so we’ve got to get ready for this.”

“It’ll be strange, man,” cornerback Quandre Diggs said. “Just not having him on the sideline with us, not having him running to practices and just seeing him around will be different. But this is what Coach Brown felt like was the best thing to do. We’ve just got to adjust to it and get ready for it, I guess.”

The players are vowing to send him out on a positive note though.

“We love Coach Brown,” safety Adrian Phillips said. “We’re just going to fight with Coach Brown to the last straw, and that’ll be against Oregon. We’ve got to send him out right.”

“It’s been a long season, a tough season,” center Dominic Espinosa said. “We want to go out on top, but there’s also that factor that it would be great for him to kind of ride off into the sunset.”

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