AUSTIN, Texas —
Brown met with Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson on Friday to discuss his future. Brown said both told him he could stay, but after sleeping on it Friday night and talking it over with his wife, he decided it was the right time to resign.
“I felt like I could stay,” Brown said. “I really felt like it wasn’t best for the university to stay.”
Powers said he was not pressured by the school’s board of regents to help push Brown out of the job.
“I was not given any direction at all from any regent,” Powers said. “This is the transition of one of the great football coaches in the country.”
Brown said he hoped he would be remembered for “bringing joy to Texas” and doing it with integrity. Asked if he had any regrets, Brown said the only ones were the death of player Cole Pittman in 2001 and the 1999 accident with the Texas A&M bonfire that killed 12.
The search to replace Brown begins almost immediately, but Powers and Patterson gave few hints as to who may be on a list of potential candidates. Patterson, barely a month on the job after being hired from Arizona State, must find a coach who can handle the pressure of being the face of the wealthiest athletic program in the country.
“And you’ve got to win. You’ve got to win big,” Patterson said. “We’ll find the best football coach we can.”
Patterson gave no timeline for a hiring a coach and said he’d meet with Powers to establish the criteria for the job search. Powers insisted Patterson would be in charge of the search and “will hire the next coach.”
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