College football: Mack Brown says Texas didn’t push him out

By Jim Vertuno
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“The standard is really high here,” Mack Brown said yesterday at a campus news conference to explain his decision to step down as coach at Texas. “We set a standard at this place. You’d better win all of them. I understand that.”

AUSTIN, Texas — For a decade, Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns won more games than almost any other program in the nation.

It was the inability to meet those lofty expectations over the past four years that pushed Brown to resign after 16 years, ending an era that included a national championship following the 2005 season.

“The standard is really high here,” Brown said yesterday at a campus news conference to explain his decision. “We set a standard at this place. You’d better win all of them. I understand that. … The standard is really high here and I’m proud of being part of setting that standard.”

From 2000 to ’09, Brown’s teams averaged more than 10 victories a season, won two Big 12 titles, won a national title and played for another. But the program dipped to 5-7 in 2010, Brown’s only losing season, and the Longhorns have lost at least four games for four consecutive years.

Brown said he knew that wasn’t good enough. His final game will be the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

Brown was under contract until 2020 with a salary at more than $5 million a year. He will stay on as a special consultant to president Bill Powers, a role that his contract stipulates would pay him up to $500,000.

Brown met with Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson on Friday to discuss his future. Brown said both told him he could stay, but after sleeping on it Friday night and talking it over with his wife, he decided it was the right time to resign.

“I felt like I could stay,” Brown said. “I really felt like it wasn’t best for the university to stay.”

Powers said he was not pressured by the school’s board of regents to push Brown out of the job.

“I was not given any direction at all from any regent,” Powers said.

The search to replace Brown begins almost immediately, but Powers and Patterson gave few hints as to who might be on a list of potential candidates.

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