It’s almost official; after weeks of drama between the University of Texas athletic brass and head coach Mack Brown concerning his future as a Longhorns coach was finally cleared up Saturday night — Mack Brown is resigning from his position as head coach. Brown went 158-47 and won a national title in 2005 as Longhorns’ head coach, but his record of 18-17 in the Big 12 in his last four seasons is what did him in. I think he was going to get pushed out and if it was going to lead to his firing, then it would have been ugly; Texas developed a graceful exit to a man who brought the Longhorns back to prominence during his tenure and it was just his time to leave.
“Sally [Brown’s wife] and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided,” said Brown in the official release. “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.”
Brown will coach Texas in the Alamo Bowl against the Oregon Ducks.
Now the University of Texas basically got what they wanted, they have to take the time to cast a lure into the coaching pool and see what quality high-profile coach they can catch. It shouldn’t be hard to get what they want because Texas has everything that a head coach would want….the history, enormous financial resources, premier facilities, the exposure (they have their own network) and they have really don’t have to go far because the state of Texas is on the top-tier when it comes to high school talent; did I say they have money?
Here’s some of the names that has popped up to the surface.
There’s even speculation that a couple of NFL head coaches are in the sights of the Longhorns, but I really think they are longshots; doesn’t hurt to try though.
I believe we will find out who will be the next coach at the University of Texas after the bowl games if not sooner. Stay tuned.