AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) — When the story of Mack Brown’s forthcoming departure broke on Tuesday, the denial from university officials and the coach was immediate.
But the man behind the story, Orangebloods.com’s Chip Brown, is not backing down from his initial report.
“I got second confirmation, probably from a voice I didn’t think I’d get it, that told me this was absolutely happening,” said Chip Brown on New School on 105.3 The Fan on Wednesday. “I think by the end of the week we’ll have something official from Mack Brown.”
Chip Brown also broke the story of DeLoss Dodds stepping down in September, something the university strongly denied.
Chip says the separation criteria, which were established prior to the season, just simply weren’t met by Mack Brown and the Longhorns.
“It will be a mutual parting of ways, and here’s why. They had established for Mack Brown that it needed to be a BCS season or a share of the Big 12 title and to be able to claim progress — and Mack knew that.”
Tied with Baylor 3-3 at half in a de facto Big 12 Championship game, Texas came within 30 minutes of capturing the school’s first Big 12 title since 2009. But the Bears outscored the Longhorns 27-7 in the second half to seal Brown’s fate.
“Obviously, Mack Brown, being 30 minutes away from the Big 12 title, felt, ‘hey, I should lobby my points and see if I can stay’ — and that wasn’t really the deal.”
Rumors have swirled that Alabama coach Nick Saban is the top target to replace Mack Brown. Some go as far as saying Saban has agreed to making a move to Texas — that’s just not true, according to Chip.
“I can tell you this: there’s been no formal offer to Nick Saban. Bill Powers, the school president, would never let that happen until things are resolved with Mack Brown.”
Chip says that when a former Texas regent did speak with Saban’s agent in January, a record $7 million figure was discussed.
If the Longhorns are unable to lure Saban away from Alabama, Urban Meyer would be the school’s second choice, according to Chip.
Either way, the university will target a big name.
“They’re absolutely aiming high,” said Brown. “I was told they’re going to go after a coach who has won a nation championship or a Super Bowl. I think they feel like the Texas job is the best job in the country and they’ll be able to land someone with that on their resume.”
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