Mack Brown Steps Down As Texas Longhorns CoachBy: Tobias Roth - December 15, 2013
We all knew this was coming sooner or later before the beginning of next season. Mack Brown’s Texas Longhorns have had trouble winning all season, and have struggled as of recently in the Big 12 conference.
After 16 years as the Texas coach, Mack Brown officially stepped down and resigned as the head coach on Saturday.
Texas had a disappointing season, and with a record of 8-4, they will be heading to the Alamo Bowl to play against Oregon on December 30th. For a full list of the bowl games, check out the full schedule here.
Despite the past couple of disappointing seasons, Brown has had a very successful career during his tenure as the Texas football coach.
Over the 16 years as coach, he had an impressive record of 158-47, and from 2000-09, Texas averaged a national-best 11 victories per year, had seven top-10 finishes, played in four Bowl Championship Series games and won its first national championship since 1970.
Realizing that his departure could be what is best for the program, Mack Brown has decided to resign, but hopes that Texas can regain the power that they used to have has a leading football program. He wishes nothing but the best for the team after leaving when saying “I sincerely want (UT) to get back to the top and that’s why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”
He will join the team in the Alamo Bowl for one last game, but will not be returning next year. As a 62-year-old coach, and veteran at Texas, Mack Brown earns about $5.4 million per year, and was contracted until 2020. He led the Longhorns to one National Championship, and almost made it to another before the team started to decline.
In 2013, the team suffered two early losses to BYU and Ole Miss, causing a downhill spiral from there, and a Big 12 record of 7-2. Due to the recent failures of the team, there have been rumors buzzing around the league on whether Mack Brown would be replaced by Alabama’s Nick Saban. However, Saban seems to be staying put for now, and was unable to be lured away by Texas.
Despite the recent downfall of Texas’ footbal program, Mack Brown had a very successful tenure and will be held in high regard by fans of Texas football.
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