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Mack Brown, Bill Powers meeting delayed by UT regents

Posted December 12th, 2013

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Texas president Bill Powers and head football coach Mack Brown were tenatively scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the coach’s job status. But the UT System Board of Regents spent much longer in a closed-door session that anyone anticipated, and the Powers-Brown meeting was delayed until Friday.

Powers, Brown and athletic director Steve Patterson were scheduled to meet, according to a high-ranking UT source. Powers told reporters at the regents meeting that he “would meet soon” with Brown.

But UT regents went into closed session around 11:30 a.m. and didn’t come back out until 4:15 p.m. The open session began again about 4:25 p.m. When they did emerge, UT chancellor Francisco Cigarroa read a preapred statement that outlined his differences with Powers. But Cigarroa ultimately recommended that Powers remain as president. There was no vote taken, and UT regent Wallace Hall, one of Powers’ biggest critics, declined comment to the American-Statesman.

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Powers composed himself in a room just off the main floor and then address reporters. He was asked about Brown’s status and a potential meeting but declined to comment, saying it wasn’t an approprirate time.

Judging from the room, it appeared that Powers and his supporters were genuinely relieved that no action was taken.

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