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Texas coach Brown focused on winning

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Texas coach Mack Brown told ESPN in an interview that aired Saturday morning that he is only concerned about one thing: the next game.

"I'm worried about beating Kansas State," Brown said of Saturday's matchup against the Wildcats.

Texas (1-2) hosts Kansas State at 8 p.m. ET.

Brown's future has been a hot topic lately as the Longhorns have struggled in the last three seasons, and a report surfaced earlier in the week that Texas regents spoke to Alabama coach Nick Saban's agent about his interest in coaching Texas if Brown no longer had the job. But Texas president Bill Powers said those talks were not authorized by school officials and Saban said he is not leaving Alabama.

Brown said he is focused on winning games and not on maintaining his popularity.

"The way fans are, you go back and get on a run, win the rest of the games and you go win a BCS game and all of a sudden we're playing a for a national championship next year," he said. "I've been on both ends of this, many times."

Brown, 62, did recently receive votes of confidence from Powers and athletic director DeLoss Dodds.

"Sixteen years is a long time," he said. "I don't need to be sitting down telling them about anything except beating Kansas State."

Brown has been coaching the Longhorns since leaving North Carolina in 1997.

He insists he is still competitive despite feeling "miserable" about the team's recent performance, and has not given thought about when he would step down as coach.

"The people that I've talked to in the past say you don't know 'til that day," Brown said. "And if you start thinking about the end instead of tonight, it's not fair to you, it's not fair to your staff, it's not fair to your team."
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