A decision on the future of Coach Mack Brown at the University of Texas is expected soon, perhaps within 48 hours, and one outlet reports that he will step down as the Longhorns’ coach.
A meeting of the school’s Board of Regents is scheduled for Thursday, ESPN reports, but the return of Brown, 62, for a 17th season with the Longhorns has been a topic of speculation all season. Reports have swirled about school officials reaching out to Alabama’s Nick Saban and Steve Patterson replaced DeLoss Dodds, a longtime Brown supporter, as athletic director this fall. Bobby Burton of 247Sports.com reports that a decision is expected in “next 48 hours,” although it is not clear whether the decision will be Brown’s or the regents’. Orangebloods.com, citing two unnamed sources, reported that Brown was expected to step down, but Brown denied that in a text to Horns247.com
“I haven’t seen the article,” he wrote. “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 program has struggled the last three years, failing to reach 10 wins each time. Brown is 158-47 in 16 seasons in Texas and led the Longhorns to the 2005 BCS title. After losing to ‘Bama in the 2009 BCS title game, the team finished 5-7, 8-5, 9-4. He has been under increasing pressure to recruit better in-state after losing Heisman Trophy winners Robert Griffin III to Baylor and Johnny Manziel to Texas A&M. Jameis Winston, the Heisman front-runner this fall, chose to attend Florida State.
The drumbeats for Brown’s replacement began when the team started 1-2, then the Longhorns won six straight games before losing two of its last three. On Saturday, they lost 30-10 to Baylor, falling to 8-4.