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College football roundup: UT president backs Brown; Alvarez to coach Rose Bowl

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---University of Texas president Williams Powers said Thursday that football coach Mack Brown isn't leaving the Austin school.

Brown, who has received grief after the Longhorns finished the season 8-4, received a vote of confidence from Powers in a post on the president's blog.

"Now that the Longhorn football team has finished its regular season, there has been an increase in media speculation about Coach Mack Brown's future. I'd like to state unequivocally that Coach Brown has my full support as well as the support of Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. Put succinctly, Mack Brown is and will remain the Longhorns' head football coach.

"Coach Brown restored Texas' winning tradition. He embodies the Texas character, is a superb ambassador for The University of Texas, and runs a program that is both winning and clean, a program that all alumni and fans can and should be proud of."

Brown, who has been at Texas for 15 years since he was hired from North Carolina, has a 149-43 record as Longhorns coach. Texas is scheduled to play Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, the 13th bowl under Brown.

However, Brown has been under fire from fans and media because the team has not returned to a BCS bowl game since losing to Alabama in the 2010 national championship game. Also, Texas has lost the last three Red River Rivalry games against Oklahoma, including 55-17 and 63-21 losses in the last two games.

Former Wisconsin head football coach Barry Alvarez will return to lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl.

Alvarez and the Badgers will face No. 8 Stanford on New Year's Day. The school made the announcement Thursday, two days after Bret Bielema left to take over at Arkansas.

"I'm very excited about coming back," Alvarez said. "This will be a one-game -- I'm not looking to do it any longer than one game."

Bielema surprising departure came three days after Wisconsin earned a school-record third straight Rose Bowl appearance with a 70-31 win over Nebraska in the Big Ten championship. The buzz quickly focused on a return by Alvarez, at least for one game.

Also, Alvarez told reporters Thursday that the Badgers won't pursue former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst for the vacant coaching job.

Alvarez stepped down as head coach after the 2005 season, compiling a 118-73-4 record in 16 seasons, including a 3-0 mark in the Rose Bowls. He has since remained highly visible within the football program as Wisconsin's athletic director. The players convinced him to return, notably senior quarterback Curt Phillips and captain Mike Taylor, who said the team decided they wanted him as their Rose Bowl coach.

"I told him I would be honored to coach them," Alvarez told reporters. "I wanted them to understand, if I was going to coach them, we weren't going to screw around, we were going to go out there to win."

---Cincinnati's Butch Jones has declined an offer to become Colorado's next football coach, according to an report.

Jones told that a Denver Post report that claimed he had accepted the job was "false."

Colorado offered a five-year, $13.5 million deal, according to the Post. Jones had also interviewed with Purdue. He has been weighing his options at Cincinnati since meeting with the school's athletic director Mike Bohn earlier in the week. The 44-year-old has gone 23-14 in three seasons with the Bearcats, who will play Duke in the Belk Bowl Dec. 27.

Colorado is seeking to replace Jon Embree, who was fired last week after a 4-21 record in two seasons.

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