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Report: Brown to step aside at Texas

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Mack Brown will step down as Texas coach after the team plays its bowl game later this month, the Longhorn Network reported Saturday night.

On Friday, reports indicated that Brown would be back for one more season in 2014 after speculation swirled for the past few weeks that he might be out after this year. But Brown told the team on Saturday that the Dec. 30 Valero Alamo Bowl game against Oregon will be his finale, according to the Longhorn Network.

Alabama coach Nick Saban was mentioned as a potential replacement, but he shot down the rumors that he might bolt for Texas when he announced Friday night that he's staying with the Crimson Tide after receiving an enhanced contract.

During Brown's 16 seasons at Texas, he won one national title, took the Longhorns to two BCS national championship games, claimed two Big 12 titles and posted a 158-47 record. He is nine wins short of the legendary Darryl Royal for the most in school history by a coach.

The Longhorns have struggled the past four seasons to a 30-20 record, including an 18-17 mark in the Big 12, and Brown faced increasing scrutiny.

Texas (8-4) started the 2013 season with a 1-2 record but rebounded to go 6-0 in the Big 12 before losing two of their final three regular-season games.

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