Mack Brown to resign as Texas head coach

12/15/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Mack Brown to resign as Texas head coachAfter year long speculation as to his overall fate, Mack Brown gave us a definite answer last night by announcing his resignation as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Brown will coach the team at the Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

Brown coached Texas for 16 seasons, accumulating a record of 157-45. His peak of course came with the 2006 national championship, defeating USC on the back and legs of Vince Young. Texas went back to the title game in 2010, only to lose to Alabama.

Since then, it's been relatively tough time for Texas. Their records the last four years: 5-7, 8-5, 9-4, 8-4. This year has seen multiple defensive breakdowns and the mid-season firing of the defensive coordinator. The result has been a feeding frenzy about Brown and his future. No one expected him to keep his job, but given all his previous success, separating the coach from the school would be delicate. Brown ended that by pulling the trigger himself.

Texas becomes the most desirable open job. However, that job will not be filled by Nick Saban. Hours before Brown resigned, Saban signed an extension with Alabama that will pay him $7 million a year. His exact quote, "I never considered going to Texas." In other words, Saban used the speculation about Texas to get more money out of Alabama. Well played.
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12/15/13   |   Scott   |   53758 respect

Mack is just like almost every other coach on the back end of their careers.  The bar gets set so high by early achievement that it seems almost impossible that they will be able to sustain the success expected for an elite college football program like Texas.