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Texas coach Mack Brown could no longer meet standard he helped to set

Texas coach Mack Brown explained the reasons he stepped down after 16 seasons in Austin.

The Associated Press

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AUSTIN, Texas – From 2000 to 2009, coach Mack Brown’s Texas teams averaged more than 10 victories a season, earned two Big 12 Conference titles, won a national championship and played for another.

It was the inability to meet those high expectations over the last four seasons that pushed Brown, 62, to resign after 16 years, ending an era that included the national title after the 2005 season.

“The standard is really high here,” Brown said Sunday at a campus news conference to explain his decision. “We set a standard at this place. You’d better win all of them. I understand that. ... The standard is really high here and I’m proud of being part of setting that standard.”

Texas has lost at least four games for four consecutive years and is 8-4 this season.

Brown said he knew that wasn’t good enough. It was time to find a new coach to guide the Longhorns back among the national elite and heal a fractured fan base. His final game will be the Alamo Bowl against Oregon (10-2) on Dec. 30 in San Antonio.

Brown was under contract until 2020 with a salary at more than $5 million per year. He will stay on as a special consultant to President Bill Powers, a role his contract stipulates would pay him up to $500,000.


• Army fired coach Rich Ellerson, 60, who was 20-41 in five seasons and — perhaps most important — had an 0-5 record against Navy.

Army (3-9) lost to Navy 34-7 on Saturday.

2013-14 bowl games
The BCS National Championship is Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl.
BowlTeamsDate, locationTV
New MexicoWashington St. vs. Colo. St. Dec. 21, Albuquerque, N.M.11 a.m. ESPN
Las VegasFresno State vs. USCDec. 21, Las Vegas12:30 p.m. ABC
Idaho PotatoBuffalo vs. San Diego State Dec. 21, Boise2:30 p.m. ESPN
New OrleansTulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Dec. 21, New Orleans6 p.m. ESPN
Beef ‘O’ Brady’sEast Carolina vs. Ohio Dec. 23, St. Petersburg, Fla.11 a.m. ESPN
Sheraton HawaiiBoise State vs. Oregon State Dec. 24, Honolulu5 p.m. ESPN

Little Caesars Pizza

Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green Dec. 26, Detroit3 p.m. ESPN
PoinsettiaUtah State vs. N. Illinois Dec. 26, San Diego6:30 p.m. ESPN
Military Bowl Marshall vs. MarylandDec. 27, Annapolis, Md.11:30 a.m. ESPN


Minnesota vs. Syracuse Dec. 27, Houston3 p.m. ESPN

Fight Hunger

BYU vs. WashingtonDec. 27, San Francisco6:30 p.m. ESPN

New Era Pinstripe

Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Dec. 28, Bronx, N.Y.9 a.m. ESPN
BelkCincinnati vs. North Carolina Dec. 28, Charlotte, N.C.12:20 p.m. ESPN

Russell Athletic

Miami vs. Louisville Dec. 28, Orlando, Fla.3:45 p.m. ESPN

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kansas State vs. Michigan Dec. 28, Tempe, Ariz.7:15 p.m. ESPN
Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyDec. 30, Fort Worth, Texas8:45 a.m. ESPN
Music CityMississippi vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 30, Nashville12:15 p.m. ESPN
AlamoOregon vs. Texas Dec. 30, San Antonio3:45 p.m. ESPN
HolidayArizona State vs. Texas Tech Dec. 30, San Diego7:15 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100

Arizona vs. Boston CollegeDec. 31, Shreveport, La.9:30 a.m. ESPN
SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLA Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas11 a.m. CBS
LibertyRice vs. Mississippi State Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.1 p.m. ESPN


Texas A&M vs. Duke Dec. 31, Atlanta5 p.m. ESPN
GatorNebraska vs. Georgia Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.9 a.m. ESPN2
Heart of DallasUNLV vs. North Texas Jan. 1, Dallas9 a.m. ESPNU
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South Carolina Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.10 a.m. ABC
OutbackIowa vs. LSU Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.10 a.m. ESPN
Rose Bowl Stanford vs. Michigan State Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.2 p.m. ESPN
FiestaBaylor vs. Central Florida Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz.5:30 p.m. ESPN
SugarAlabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2, New Orleans5:30 p.m. ESPN
OrangeOhio State vs. ClemsonJan. 3, Miami5 p.m. ESPN
CottonMissouri vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 3, Arlington, Texas4:30 p.m. FOX
CompassVanderbilt vs. Houston Jan. 4, Birmingham, Ala.10 a.m. ESPN
GoDaddyArkansas State vs. Ball State Jan. 5, Mobile, Ala.6 p.m. ESPN
BCS Florida State vs. Auburn Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.5:30 p.m. ESPN
Note: Game times subject to change

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