It comes as no surprise that the runor mill is cranking up again with reports that Mack Brown will step down as head football coach at the University of Texas. At least one source came out with that unconfirmed declaration today.
Orangebloods.com, a Texas Longhorns sports website operated by Rivals.com, says that Brown will not coach the Longhorns after this season. The website said that the Texas football banquest honoring the 2013 team is scheduled for Friiday and that Brown also will be recognized.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports also reported that Brown, who has been at Texas for 16 seasons, has coached his last game at Texas.
Other national and local sources, however, including Brown himself, are denying the accuracy of the Orangebloods.com report. “I’m in Florida recruiting,” Brown told a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. “If I had decided to step down, I sure souldn’t be killing myself soen here. I have not decided to step down.”
Texas school officials have denied the report, according to ESPN. The Austin American-Statesman quotes a source who said Brown “has not told anyone that he’s stepping down.” The Austin daily newspaper also quoted previous Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, who told the American-Statesman: “I was with Mack last night, and he has not told me anything.”
The fury over Brown’s coaching status has been building after several very un-Texas-like sub-par seasons, and reached a boiling point after the Longhorns suffered two embarassing double-digit losses in their first three games this season. The Longhorns finally got things going in the right direction when the Big 12 season got under way. Texas won its first six conference games, including wins over Oklahoma (after three straight losses to Bob Stoops and the Sooners), Kansas State and Texas Tech. Texas lost, however, to Oklahoma State and conference champion Baylor and finished in fourth place in the final Big 12 standings for 2013.
Accoording to Yahoo Sports, Brown has requested a meeting next week with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers, presumably to discuss Brown’s future.
In 16 seasons at Texas, Brown’s teams have compiled a record of 158-47. His teams have wonb 10 bowl games, including the 2005 BCS National Championship in a thrilling come-from-behind win over USC, three conference titles and six Big 12 South Division crowns.