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Mack Brown, school officials to meet Thursday

Posted December 12th, 2013

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A decision on Mack Brown could come by the end of the day.

A meeting has been scheduled for late Thursday between Brown, UT president Bill Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson, according to a high-ranking UT source.

It’s unclear whether they will ultimately decide Brown will remain as head football coach at UT. But the American-Statesman has reported that Brown has already had discussions with school officials this week about resigning.

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At a press conference to promote the Alamo Bowl today, Brown said nothing about his job status had changed as of Thursday morning. Brown complimented Powers and noted that the school had just lost DeLoss Dodds, who retired in November. Patterson’s first day was Nov. 26.

“Anytime your athletic director changes, that changes the game,” Brown said. “So with all due respect to him, I want to sit down with he and Bill in the near future and talk about where we’re going and where our program’s going.”

If Brown does step down, all eyes will immediately turn toward Alabama coach Nick Saban.

The high-ranking UT source said Wednesday that the school had not officially contacted Saban. But it’s been well documented how school officials reached out to Saban’s agent Jimmy Sexton in a clandestine telephone call earlier this year.

At the Alamo Bowl press conference, longtime UT benefactor Red McCombs scoffed at the idea that Texas wouldn’t be able to get Saban.

“Oh, I don’t think there’s any question about getting him,” McCombs said. “When Mack came there, our budgets were an issue. They’re not an issue now.

“Hell, all the money that’s not in the Vatican is up at UT. If that’s a problem, then I’m a part of the problem.”

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