Texas head coach Mack Brown will step down after 16 seasons in Austin, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. The announcement is expected to come by the end of the week, Chip Brown states.
Brown will receive a $2.75 million buyout and step into a "special assistant to the president" position at $500,000 per year through the end of his contract, the report states. Brown is under contract through 2020 at $5.4 million per year.
Brown has denied the report. "I'm in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here," Brown texted to 247Sports.com. "I have not decided to step down." A Texas official also told the Austin American-Statesman that Brown "has not told anyone that he's stepping down." Note the wording here. No one in the UT camp, from the school president to Brown himself, has said that Brown will not step down or that he will be the Longhorns' coach in 2014, just that he "has not told anyone" that he's stepping down. Recall that this is the exact same playbook Texas employed in September when news broke of DeLoss Dodds' retirement, only to see him retire a couple weeks later.
With Brown's departure from Texas, the move the entire college football industry has waited for has finally dropped.
Brown is the second-winningest head coach in Texas football history and has produced the fourth-most wins in college football since his hiring in December 1997, guiding the Longhorns to a 158-47 record over that span. Brown also delivered a national championship in 2005 - the school's first since 1970 - two Big 12 championships, four Big 12 South championships, two trips to the BCS National Championship, four BCS appearances, nine consecutive double-digit wins seasons, the school's second Heisman Trophy winner (Ricky Williams, 1998) and two Heisman Trophy runners-up (Vince Young, 2005 and Colt McCoy, 2008).
Brown produced a 101-16 (.863) record from 2001-09 and a 69-9 (.885) mark from 2004-09, but fell to 30-20 over the past four seasons. In what many dubbed a make-or-break 2013 season - with Brown himself proclaiming his team had the ability to "win all the games" - Texas got off to a 1-2 start. The Longhorns rallied to a six-game winning streak, but lost two of their final three to close the season, capped by a 30-10 loss to Baylor in the de facto Big 12 championship game.
With the rise of Baylor and Texas A&M, coinciding with Texas' own backslide over the past four years and the retirement of longtime athletics director DeLoss Dodds earlier this fall, it was simply time to move on.
With more than three decades as a head coach, beginning at Appalachian State in 1983, Brown ranks 10th in college football history with 220 career victories.
We will have more updates as they become available.