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Texas' Brown denies report he's stepping down

The SportsXchange

Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown will step down in the coming days, "high-level sources" told Orangebloods.com, but the legendary coach later denied the report Tuesday.

There has been no official announcement from the university, and several other outlets have reported a decision is expected by Thursday, when Brown is scheduled to meet with university president Bill Powers.

Brown refuted the story when reached by text from Horns247.com.

"I haven't seen (the) article," Brown wrote via text. "I'm in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down."

According to Horns247.com, Brown is expected to be in Florida for the next two days. He is expected to visit running back Dalvin Cook in Miami on Tuesday and linebacker Andrew Beck in Tampa on Wednesday.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said a decision has not been made regarding Brown.

"We continue to discuss the future of Texas football," Patterson said. "Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made."

Rumors of Brown's departure from Texas have been ongoing for several years as the Longhorns struggled to become a national power again.

The 62-year-old Brown would end a 16-year run at Texas with a 158-47 record, including 15 bowl appearances, 11 bowl wins (two of which were BCS bowls) and a national championship.

Brown arrived at Texas in 1998 after nearly a decade as head coach at the University of North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to three 10-win seasons and six bowl games.

Brown had a string of nine consecutive double-digit-win seasons snapped by an ugly 5-7 campaign in 2010. That year marked the first losing season for Texas under Brown and followed an appearance in the 2009 BCS National Championship game.

Texas had never failed to win at least nine games prior to the 2010 season, but the Longhorns have not reached the 10-win mark since.

After a 1-2 start to the 2013 season, Texas won six straight games and re-entered the Top 25. However, the Longhorns lost two of their final three games, including a 30-10 loss to Baylor on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game.

That loss may have been the final straw for new AD Patterson.

Instead of the Fiesta Bowl, the 8-4 Longhorns are headed to the Alamo Bowl to play Oregon.

Reports surfaced earlier in the season that Texas might be targeting Alabama coach Nick Saban after it was discovered that a current and former Texas regent discussed the Texas position with Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, after last season's BCS championship game. Saban denied he was interested in the job.

NFL Network reported Tuesday that Alabama and Saban were engaged in negotations on a contract extension that would bump the annual salary of a new deal to the $7 million per season range.

Last week, Powers told the Austin American-Statesman that the school is not pursuing Saban.

The UT Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Thursday at a time when regent Wallace Hall faces impeachment over accusations that he misused his office in an attempt to force out Powers.

Powers' employment is on Thursday's agenda. He has led the university since 2006.
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