After several days of speculation, Mack Brown will officially resign as the Texas Longhorns head coach, according to a report from the Longhorn Network.
Brown stated that it’s time for a change in the program, and he hopes that with the new direction the Longhorns will once again climb back to the top of college football.
“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.”
Brown spent 16 years at the helm of Texas, coaching the Longhorns to a 158-47 overall record. He won one national championship, topping USC in the 2006 BCS National Championship Game. Brown also led the Longhorns to a second title game in 2008, losing to Nick Saban and Alabama.
New Athletic Director Steve Patterson will now be tasked with finding a replacement for Brown. Saban was the rumored frontrunner, but he recently signed a contract extension with Alabama.