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Mack Brown leading group to explore Texas football opportunities in Dubai

Posted April 21st, 2015

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Former Texas coach Mack Brown and lettermen David Thomas and Ricky Brown are all currently in Dubai on a football-related trip meant to explore future possibilities for Texas athletics, a source told the American-Statesman.

Brown has posted various photos on his Twitter account of himself and wife Sally in Dubai. Late Monday, Mack Brown posted a photo that included Thomas and Ricky Brown. Included in the photo was Texas athletic director Steve Patterson’s wife Yasmin, who speaks Arabic.

Steve Patterson, who is not on the trip, has made no secret of his wishes to expand the UT brand.

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The men’s basketball team will play the 2015-16 season opener against Washington in China. Department officials are actively looking at moving a football game to Mexico, another idea on Patterson’s wish list.

A UT spokesman did not return a request for comment.

Brown currently works for ESPN, but he also holds the title of special assistant to the UT president, a position that pays $500,000. Ricky Brown works for the Longhorn Foundation, and Thomas is an analyst on Longhorn Network.

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