What the hell is going on at Texas?
That seemed to be the case early Tuesday morning when Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com—an incredibly reliable source—reported that coach Mack would be stepping down following the (scary) matchup against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.
"Mack Brown loves Texas and wants what's in the best interest of Texas and what's in the best interest of Mack Brown," a high-level source told Brown. "I don't think it's been an easy decision. But he doesn't want negativity around the program he helped unify."
In the article it says that Brown was unavailable for comment due to College Football Hall of Fame activities in New York, and that’s when things get weird.
Nearly half-an-hour after the original report was released, ESPN’s Joe Schad said that Texas has denied reports of Brown stepping down as head coach and that the Board of Regents will meet on Thursday.
Then Bobby Burton of Horns247 released a statement directly from Brown, who shut down the rumors and made all of our brains hurt by saying he’s in Florida:
"I haven't seen (the) article," Brown wrote in a text. "I'm in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down."
Horns247 is also reporting that no member of the Longhorns coaching staff has been made aware of any changes, and the University is still expected to make a decision on Brown’s fate within the next 48 hours.
While everything is just annoying and difficult to understand at this point, I’m still going to lean toward believing Orange Bloods' original report and forgive it for not knowing Brown’s whereabouts (Texas probably mislead the source on purpose).
Brown likely really is down in Florida on a recruiting trip, because he’s a dedicated, hard-working and driven person. He loves the university and the athletic department that has tenured him for 16 years, so he’s doing his best to give it everything he’s got until his final day of employment.
That’s just the kind of guy he is, and God love him for it.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Texas and Brown are shooting down these reports so that he has time to come back and make it official by telling his players first. In the 247 piece, it says he’ll return to Austin on Thursday—the same day the Board of Regents meet and a final decision will be made.
Besides, this isn’t the first time Texas has came out and bashed a rumor that came to be true soon after. In September, it was speculated that athletic director DeLoss Dodds would be stepping down at season’s end and UT vigorously denied the report, calling it “absolutely not true.”
Dodds announced on October 1 that he would be retiring from his position in August of 2014 and staying on as a university consultant—something that we could very well see happen to Brown.
Either way, we’ll know Brown’s true fate as late as Thursday evening.
UPDATE: CBS Sports columnist Bruce Feldman tweeted that two sources informed him that Orange Blood's report on Mack Brown being out at Texas "will prove accurate."
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