The Mack Brown era at the University of Texas is coming to an end.
Longhorn Network reported Saturday that Brown will resign after coaching Texas in the Dec. 30 Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon. Brown, who later confirmed the news, already has told his team and recruits of his resignation.
“Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided,” Brown said in a statement. “With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It’s been a wonderful ride.
“Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love The University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can’t thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that’s why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”
While rumors ran rampant about Brown’s future, he was expected to stay for another year at Texas, especially after Nick Saban signed a multiyear contract extension with Alabama. But only one day after Saban sealed his new deal, Brown announced he would be stepping down.
During his 16-year stint at the helm, Brown led the Longhorns to one BCS national title, two Big 12 Conference titles and 14 bowl game appearances. He has a 158-47 record at Texas, just nine wins short for the most in school history.