AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – New Texas athletic director says Steve Patterson says he expects a successor to Mack Brown will be found in the next two weeks.

Patterson said before kickoff at the Alamo Bowl on Monday night that he believes Texas needs a new coach by Jan. 15. That’s the end of the so-called “dead period” in the NCAA that prohibits coaches from in-person contact with recruits during bowl season.

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Patterson said coaches “are certainly expressing their interest” in the job but wouldn’t discuss any potential candidates.

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The Alamo Bowl is Brown’s final game at Texas after 16 years. He’s resigning after a rocky final season in which Texas lost at least four games for the fourth consecutive year.

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