Mack Brown has had discussions with school officials about resigning as the head football coach at Texas, a high-ranking source told the American-Statesman.
However, nothing has been finalized yet, and Brown wants to talk to UT president Bill Powers one more time before deciding whether to step down after 16 years.
“Mack is considering whether he wants to resign,” the high-ranking source said. The decision could come this week.
Brown confirmed via text to the American-Statesman on Tuesday that he was recruiting in Florida. “If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here,” Brown texted to 247sports.com. “I have not decided to step down.”
In talking with eight UT sources, all of whom have knowledge of the situation, one thing is clear: Everybody wants to give Brown enough room to make his own decision on his own timeframe. But it better be quick.
And no one is saying Brown will be back in 2014.
Brown is under contract through 2020 and makes an estimated $5.4 million annually. If he were terminated, he is scheduled to receive $2.75 million.
New men’s athletic director Steve Patterson issued a statement Tuesday that said, “We continue to discuss the future of Texas football. Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made.”
The Internet was set ablaze midday Tuesday when Orangebloods.com reported that Brown would step down by the end of the week.
“Mack Brown has not told anyone that he’s stepping down,” a source close to Brown told the American-Statesman. The source said that Brown would be out of town recruiting the rest of the week and would return for Friday’s football banquet. The coach is scheduled to attend a press conference in San Antonio on Thursday morning to promote the Alamo Bowl.
A high-ranking university source said Brown and Powers had spoken by phone, but “I hear they are still in the talking phase.”
Former Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the Statesman: “I was with Mack (Monday) night and he has not told me anything.”
Another source said that Brown has not spoken with his assistant coaches and support personnel about his future.
Brown’s lawyer and UT benefactor Joe Jamail, who is working a trial in Beaumont, told the Associated Press that Brown has not resigned. Jamail is one of Brown’s closest friends.
The Longhorns are off this week because of final exams. Texas (8-4) is preparing to face No. 10 Oregon (10-2) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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