Former Texas coach Mack Brown to join ESPN/ABC college football broadcast team


(Associated Press)

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.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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