AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – After 16 years as head football coach at the University of Texas, Mack Brown said on Sunday, “It’s time for me to move on and for someone else to come in and restart the program.” At a news conference, Brown said that he was not angry, and that the decision to resign was his.
Brown will leave Texas as the second winningest coach in school history. But he admitted that he did not win enough games in recent years.
After losing the national championship game in January 2010, Brown said, the program failed to live up to the high standards that he helped set.
The coach said that the divided fanbase and negativity over the past three years became too much. “I sincerely want what’s best for the University of Texas,” he explained. “There’s just too many distractions, too many negatives out there, and the players and the assistant coaches shouldn’t be having to deal with negatives about me and our university.”
University president Bill Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson also addressed the media at Sunday’s news conference.
Powers called it an “unbelievable legacy” that Brown leaves behind. “It is a transition of one of the great football coaches in America of all time,” he said. Patterson and Powers insisted that they have not had any conversations with potential replacements. But, while not setting a timetable, Patterson would like to hire a new coach as quickly as possible.
Brown’s departure comes with mixed reactions for many alumni in North Texas. David Rodriguez, chairman of the Texas Exes Dallas chapter Legacy Group, said that he is sad, yet relieved. “We want to start having fun again,” said Rodriguez. “We are not mentioned in the same echelon that we used to be mentioned in, and that’s got to change.”
Brown’s last game as head coach will be at the Alamo Bowl on December 30 in San Antonio.
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