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Texas coach Mack Brown gave no indication that his time as Longhorns coach was coming to a close amid speculation and reports that he would step down.

At a formal Alamo Bowl press conference on Thursday to promote the Dec. 30 game between the Longhorns (8-4) and No. 10 Oregon (10-2), Brown said he wants to talk to university president Bill Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson.

"There's been a little speculation about my job situation," Brown said. "We're not here to talk about me. My situation has not changed. ... I will sit down and talk to (Patterson) and Bill and discuss the direction we're going. I'm looking forward to my meeting with Bill and Steve and then move forward."

Rumors have been swirling for the past week that Brown is set to resign and possibly replaced by Alabama coach Nick Saban as the next Longhorns' coach. Crimson Tide officials hope to prevent Saban from leaving Tuscaloosa for Austin and have talked with him about a contract extension, ESPN reported Wednesday.

--Texas Tech starting quarterback Baker Mayfield will seek a transfer from the school, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Mayfield met with coach Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday and told him of his decision to transfer to an undetermined school, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. On Wednesday, Mayfield was named as the Big 12's Offensive Freshman of the Year. He passed for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2013.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the decision to transfer "came shortly after Mayfield had learned that sophomore Michael Brewer would be the Red Raiders' starting quarterback in their Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl game against Arizona State."

Texas Tech has granted Mayfield a release but will bar him from transferring to another Big 12 school.

--Connecticut hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as head coach.

Diaco, who was a two-time All-Big Ten linebacker at Iowa, joined Notre Dame in 2010 and was named the top assistant coach in 2012.

He will receive a five-year contract worth between $1.4 million and $1.57 million per year.

The Huskies also interviewed Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Narduzzi withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday.
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