Report: Former Texas coach Mack Brown will join ESPN as analyst

Sam Cooper
NCAA Football: Alamo Bowl-Oregon vs Texas
Dec 30, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown reacts during the post game press conference after a game against the Oregon Ducks at Alamo Dome. Oregon defeated Texas 30-7. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

Six months after coaching his final game at Texas, Mack Brown reportedly has a new gig for the 2014 season.

Instead of returning to the sideline, the 62-year-old Brown will still be around the game working as a national college football analyst for ESPN, according to the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls.

Bohls, citing Texas athletic director Steve Patterson as one of his two sources, is reporting that Brown’s exact role with the network has not been specifically defined yet, but that “it’s more likely he will operate in a studio role.”

Brown is expected to sign a deal soon and “the job could be announced as early as this week,” Bohls writes.

Brown took over as head coach of the Longhorns in 1998 after a nine-year stint as head coach at North Carolina. He spent 16 seasons at the helm in Austin, compiling a 158-48 overall record, including going undefeated in 2005 and winning the BCS National Championship.

After making another BCS National Championship appearance after the 2009 season, the Longhorns went 5-7, the team’s first losing season under Brown, in 2010. The Longhorns won eight games in 2011, nine games in 2012 and eight games in 2013 before Brown announced that he would resign in December.

Brown, who was succeeded at Texas by former Louisville coach Charlie Strong, has always been known as a sharp guy, and his success at Texas shows that he’ll be a valuable asset to ESPN’s college football coverage.

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