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
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.|
|New Mexico||Washington St. vs. Colo. St.||Dec. 21, Albuquerque, N.M.||11 a.m. ESPN|
|Las Vegas||Fresno State vs. USC||Dec. 21, Las Vegas||12:30 p.m. ABC|
|Idaho Potato||Buffalo vs. San Diego State||Dec. 21, Boise||2:30 p.m. ESPN|
|New Orleans||Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette||Dec. 21, New Orleans||6 p.m. ESPN|
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s||East Carolina vs. Ohio||Dec. 23, St. Petersburg, Fla.||11 a.m. ESPN|
|Sheraton Hawaii||Boise State vs. Oregon State||Dec. 24, Honolulu||5 p.m. ESPN|
Little Caesars Pizza
|Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green||Dec. 26, Detroit||3 p.m. ESPN|
|Poinsettia||Utah State vs. N. Illinois||Dec. 26, San Diego||6:30 p.m. ESPN|
|Military Bowl||Marshall vs. Maryland||Dec. 27, Annapolis, Md.||11:30 a.m. ESPN|
|Minnesota vs. Syracuse||Dec. 27, Houston||3 p.m. ESPN|
|BYU vs. Washington||Dec. 27, San Francisco||6:30 p.m. ESPN|
New Era Pinstripe
|Rutgers vs. Notre Dame||Dec. 28, Bronx, N.Y.||9 a.m. ESPN|
|Belk||Cincinnati vs. North Carolina||Dec. 28, Charlotte, N.C.||12:20 p.m. ESPN|
|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 Forces||Middle Tennessee vs. Navy||Dec. 30, Fort Worth, Texas||8:45 a.m. ESPN|
|Music City||Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech||Dec. 30, Nashville||12:15 p.m. ESPN|
|Alamo||Oregon vs. Texas||Dec. 30, San Antonio||3:45 p.m. ESPN|
|Holiday||Arizona State vs. Texas Tech||Dec. 30, San Diego||7:15 p.m. ESPN|
|Arizona vs. Boston College||Dec. 31, Shreveport, La.||9:30 a.m. ESPN|
|Sun||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA||Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas||11 a.m. CBS|
|Liberty||Rice vs. Mississippi State||Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.||1 p.m. ESPN|
|Texas A&M vs. Duke||Dec. 31, Atlanta||5 p.m. ESPN|
|Gator||Nebraska vs. Georgia||Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.||9 a.m. ESPN2|
|Heart of Dallas||UNLV vs. North Texas||Jan. 1, Dallas||9 a.m. ESPNU|
|Capital One||Wisconsin vs. South Carolina||Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.||10 a.m. ABC|
|Outback||Iowa vs. LSU||Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.||10 a.m. ESPN|
|Rose Bowl||Stanford vs. Michigan State||Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.||2 p.m. ESPN|
|Fiesta||Baylor vs. Central Florida||Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz.||5:30 p.m. ESPN|
|Sugar||Alabama vs. Oklahoma||Jan. 2, New Orleans||5:30 p.m. ESPN|
|Orange||Ohio State vs. Clemson||Jan. 3, Miami||5 p.m. ESPN|
|Cotton||Missouri vs. Oklahoma State||Jan. 3, Arlington, Texas||4:30 p.m. FOX|
|Compass||Vanderbilt vs. Houston||Jan. 4, Birmingham, Ala.||10 a.m. ESPN|
|GoDaddy||Arkansas 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|