Mack Brown, who resigned as Texas’s football coach after 16 seasons and one BCS title in 2005, will join ESPN/ABC’s college football broadcasting crew for the upcoming season, USA Today’s Paul Myerberg is reporting. Brown will join former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell and host John Saunders on ABC’s “College Football Countdown” program, which serves as the lead-in to the network’s afternoon and prime-time games, while also appearing on various programs on ESPN.
The move has been a long time coming, Myerberg reports:
Brown began casual conversations with ESPN about his post-coaching plans three years ago, after the network began a deep relationship with the University of Texas following the debut of the Longhorn Network.
“We’ve kind of been talking about it over the three years,” Brown said. “It wasn’t a regular conversation, but it’s something (ESPN President John Skipper) said: If and when you quit, we’d love to talk to you. He made that call, and I’m really excited about it.”
Brown went 244–122–1 in 30 seasons overall as a head coach at Appalachian State, Tulane, North Carolina and Texas.