After days of speculation that he’d be out as Texas’ head football coach by the end of this week, Mack Brown took the stage Friday night at the Longhorns’ annual football banquet.
He didn’t announce that he’s stepping down.
He didn’t officially announce that he’s coming back for a 17th season, either.
Instead, Brown walked to the stage at the end of the banquet, addressed his team and recruits, talked about the adversity and injuries this year’s team has overcome, told everyone he’d see them at the Alamo Bowl, and then walked off.
He also looked at new athletic director Steve Patterson and said: “Looking forward to continue to work with you guys.”
Various Internet and media reports, from Orangebloods.com to ESPN, had Brown exiting by the end of the week. There’s plenty of back-tracking going on, however. And Bobby Burton with 247Sports has tweeted that a source has told him Brown will return for 2014.
The American-Statesman has reported that Brown had discussed resigning this week with school officials, even as Internet speculation heated up that the Longhorns would go after Alabama’s Nick Saban as a replacement.
Saban, though, has agreed to a contract extension with the Crimson Tide, it’s being reported tonight.
Friday afternoon, Brown met with Patterson and Texas President Bill Powers. On Thursday, at an Alamo Bowl press conference, Brown had said he wanted to meet with them one more time before making a decision.
Brown, 62, is widely credited for lifting UT’s signature athletic program from the doldrums when he arrived prior to the 1998 season. The Longhorns finished in the top 15 rankings of the Associated Press poll for 10 consecutive years until 2009.
With a 158-47 record at Texas, Brown is only nine wins away from tying legendary Longhorns coach Darrell Royal’s victory total at the school.
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