Mack Brown recently announced that he’d be stepping down as head coach of the Texas Longhorns following the Alamo Bowl. Some reports have claimed that Brown was forced out by Texas regents and university president Bill Powers.
Brown is set to receive at least $500,000 annually through 2020 as a special assistant to Powers, according to the buyout in his contract. However, the Austin-American Statesman is now reporting that Brown is seeking a much larger buyout from the university; one that could be nearly three times as much. A source told the Statesman that the one-time national championship winning coach wants as much as $1.3 million per year over the next seven years. In other words, $9.1 million to simply not coach a football team.
Considering that’s more than what the majority of coaches actually coaching in America are compensated, it’s hard to imagine Texas would meet that number, or pay anywhere close to it. Anything over $1 million will be subject to approval by the Board of Regents.
At first it seemed like Brown was going to fold his hand quietly, however, this new wrinkle could cause a little extra chaos in his departure. It’ll be interesting to see the final number Brown’s camp walks away with.