In the final pre-game press conference for the Alamo Bowl, outgoing Texas coach Mack Brown sidestepped all questions Sunday about his departure, reports of his buyout and what his plans are for the future.
When asked specifically about a Yahoo! Sports report that he was fired by UT president Bill Powers, Brown said: “I can address that after watching Oregon’s video. We have been totally focused on Oregon and nothing else.”
The American-Statesman has reported that Brown is negotiating for a higher buyout package than what is stated in his coaching contract. Brown is contractually obligated to receive as much as $500,000 annually through 2020 under the title of special assistant to the president.
Brown is aiming for as much as $1.3 million annually, a figure that a high-ranking UT source told the American-Statesman would not be approved by the UT System Board of Regents.
“We are so excited about Oregon and Monday night,” Brown said when asked about his buyout. “So I can’t wait. Great week. I said at the first of the week we would focus on these kids and this game, and that’s absolutely what I’m going to do.”
When asked what he would have done differently this season, Brown said: “I would have won all the games. That would have been the better thought for me if we could have done that – by a lot. Played a lot of guys, had happy moms and dads and happy media, happy fans. That would have been fun.”
Brown also declined to answer a questions about what his future plans are.
“I have envisioned doing the best job I can do for this football team between now and Monday night, and it would be unfair for me to have even thought about anything else.”
When a reporter asked if they could meet for coffee on Tuesday morning to discuss his plans, Brown smiled and joked, “No. I don’t drink coffee.”
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