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December 13, 2013

Texas’ Mack Brown mum on future amid speculation

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again.

“My situation has not changed,” Brown said.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998.

Brown deflected several other questions about his future during a news conference in San Antonio about Texas’ bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30.

“I want to sit down with (Patterson) and Bill in the near future and talk about where we’re going and where our program is going,” Brown said.

In Austin, Powers reasserted his support for Brown and said they planned to speak in the coming days. Powers is among Brown’s top supporters, and received a cautious endorsement later Thursday from his frustrated chancellor to temporarily quiet speculation about his own future.

Powers has been locked in a two-year power struggle over academics on one of the nation’s biggest campuses.

He called Brown one of the sport’s greatest coaches but declined to address the coach’s status after regents allowed Powers to continue the job he’s held since 2006.

“I’m going to focus on this. We’ll discuss football at the appropriate time,” Powers said.

Brown acknowledged the Longhorns (8-4) didn’t finish how they wanted after starting the season talking about competing for a national championship.

The Longhorns last played for a BCS title in 2009, but fan frustration has mounted after a string of seasons that failed to meet expectations.

Notably attending Brown’s news conference was influential Texas booster Red McCombs, who is a close friend of Brown’s and one of the university’s most generous donors. McCombs told reporters he hopes Brown comes back next year — but didn’t blink about the caliber of coach Texas could get to replace him.

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