Mack Brown stuck it to Texas on the way out
Brown ended up doing just barely enough to hold on to his job throughout the season, and the speculation continued anyway. Would he be let go? Would he resign? Would he stay with the Longhorns for another season?
As Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports pointed out, Brown knew exactly when to leave. The Longhorns weren't the juggernaut that they were known to be over the past few decades, and Brown probably isn't the right man for the rebuilding job. Doyel notes that unlike guys like Joe Paterno, Mack Brown knew when his time was over, and when it was time for him to walk away.
Also, and this shouldn't be overlooked, he's making one last jab at the Longhorns on the way out. Brown is managing to screw over the Longhorns as much as humanly possible as a punishment for all the speculation and fuss around him over the course of the season.
Nick Saban was one of the names thrown around as a potential replacement, and Saban's agent said that Texas was the only school that would ever be able to pry Saban away from Alabama. That prompted the Crimson Tide to offer Saban a record contract extension, and now it looks like he'll be sticking around.
As more names come out, more coaches around the country will be getting contract extensions and lucrative raises, and more of them will be unavailable for Texas. By waiting until the last possible moment this year, Brown put Texas in a tough spot in terms of hiring a replacement for him.
It should be interesting to see who they can convince to go to Austin, now that their obvious top choice is locked up.