Brown Finally Resigns from Texas
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It was a day later then a lot of Texas fans wanted, but Mack Brown has announced he's stepping down as head coach of the Texas Longhorns.
Brown released this statement:
"Sally [Brown, his wife] and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided. 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 [who] 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."
I find it interesting that Brown would step down the day after Nick Saban signed his contract with Alabama. Until the announcement yesterday that Saban had officially re-upped with the Crimson Tide, there were still Texas fans and media who believed that Saban was on his way to Austin if only Brown resigned earlier this week instead holding things up.
For the record, Saban made himself very clear today that he was not coming to Texas. In fact, he said the Longhorns were not even on his radar despite all the rumors.
"I never considered going to Texas. That wasn't even a conversation," the Tide coach stated.
"I knew that if Mack stepped down, there would probably be an opportunity, but it wasn't something I was interested in doing, not at this stage in my career."
OK. Sounds good. It still doesn't explain why it took him so long to actually sign the extention after the documents had been on his desk for almost a week. But now, no explanation is really needed.
If Mack Brown did decide to stick it to the Texas brass and fans, who could blame him after the way he was treated? He basically just gave them the middle finger.
Texas fans may be happy Brown is gone, but he got the last laugh.