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Mack Brown refutes report that he will step down
Texas coach Mack Brown says that an OrangeBloods.com report that he will step down as the Longhorns coach is untrue.
“I haven’t seen (the) article,” Brown told Horns247.com via text message. “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.”
The Horns247 report indicates that the Texas football staff has not been made aware of any such decision, and that a high-ranking Texas source told the website a decision regarding Brown’s future is expected within the next 48 hours.
On Twitter, CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman says that the Orangebloods report “will prove accurate.”
Rumors of Brown’s departure from Texas have been ongoing for the better part of this season.
In addition, Texas’ hiring of Steve Patterson to replace longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds created more whispers about Brown’s future.
Patterson and Brown had their first sit down meeting in New York City on Dec. 8, and a source told the Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton that the meeting was “positive and productive.”
Later in the week, UT president Bill Powers, a longtime advocate of Brown, became part of the agenda at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting which created “an element of uncertainty” around Brown’s job status, according to Carlton.
Brown is 158-47 record in 16 seasons at Texas, winning 10 bowl games, six Big 12 South titles, three conference titles and the 2005 BCS National Championship.
The Longhorns finished the regular season 8-4, following a 30-10 loss to Baylor on Saturday.
Texas had never failed to win at least nine games prior to the 2010 season, but the Longhorns have not reached the 10-win mark since.
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