Mack Brown is officially stepping down as head coach at the University of Texas, according to sources. Brown will still coach Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 30th.
Several reports had surfaced over the past week that Brown was stepping down, to which he at first denied, then said he would be meeting with the school to determine what he wanted to do.
He released the following statement earlier today:
“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.”
During his 16 years at Texas, Brown compiled a record of 158-47, and a National Championship in 2006. He also coached Texas to the 2010 title game, where the Longhorns lost to Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.
Looking ahead to possible replacements for Brown, the one name you can cross of the list is Saban who just completed a multi-year extension with Alabama.