It’s Official: Mack Brown to Leave Texas Longhorns
You could equate the past few years of Mack Brown’s status with the Texas Longhorns to a never-ending game of hokey pokey. Constant news reports and speculation on if the head coach of the Longhorn football team was going to resign or get fired.
Well, Saturday night, about an hour before the start of the Heisman Trophy presentation, everything was put to rest with one tweet.
BREAKING: Mack Brown will resign as Texas head coach.
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) December 15, 2013
Brown’s resignation was affirmed by the Longhorns releasing three statements:
“Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided. With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It’s been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love The University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can’t thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it 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.”
Steve Patterson, Texas Men’s Athletics Director:
“We appreciate everything Mack has done for The University of Texas. He’s been a tremendous coach, mentor, leader and ambassador for our university and our student-athletes. He is truly a college football legend. I’ve had a number of talks with him recently, and he has always said he wanted what was best for The University of Texas. I know this decision weighed heavily on him, and today he told us he’s ready to move forward.”
William Powers Jr., University of Texas at Austin President:
“This is a very difficult day for everyone in The University of Texas family. Mack Brown is one of the best football coaches in the country, a tremendous representative of our University, and, most importantly, a great friend. He has produced championship teams with tremendous student-athletes and has always done so with the utmost class and integrity. Mack is just the best and he will be missed. With that said, I’m excited for the future and the opportunity to work with him in a new capacity for the years to come and am thrilled that he and Sally will remain part of our family. He is an unbelievable resource for us and will always be a valuable member of the Longhorn community.”
Mack Brown will coach the Longhorns when they play against Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 30.