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The University of Texas has announced that Mack Brown will resign as coach of Texas following the team’s appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Brown has informed his Texas Longhorns team he will resign, sources close to the situation told the Longhorn Network.
Brown stated, “Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided. With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It’s been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love The University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can’t thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that’s why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”
The school scheduled as news conference for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Brown is 158-47 in his 16 seasons at Texas, nine wins short of tying Darrell Royal for the most in school history. He won 10 or more games for nine consecutive seasons (2001-09), and he’s currently No. 10 on the FBS all-time coaching wins list.
Texas played in two BCS championship games, won two Big 12 titles, went to 14 bowl games and finished in the top 15 a total of 10 times during Brown’s tenure. He coached more than 50 All-Americans and more than 70 All-Big 12 players at Texas, including five conference players of the year on offense and six on defense.
As for who would replace Mack Brown for the Longhorns, well, Nick Saban just agreed to a contract extension at Alabama on Friday night, so you have to think he’s out of the discussion. Of course, while it probably won’t be Saban there will be no shortage of coaches interested in the job, and the Texas Longhorns have the money to go after whoever it wants.