UT football coach Mack Brown: 'My situation has not changed'

Brown, Valero officials, Oregon coach speak at press conference about Alamo Bowl

Author: David Ibanez, Web Managing Editor
Van Darden, Web Editor, vdarden@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 10:42:07 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 12 2013 10:36:53 AM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown said he plans to meet with UT President Bill Powers and new Athletic Director Steve Patterson before making a decision on his future.

"Anytime you change athletic directors, it changes the game," he said in a press conference Thursday morning at the Club at Sonterra country club in San Antonio.

Brown said he's excited about his team and they way it fought adversity this season.

"I'm looking forward to my meeting with Bill and with Steve, and we'll all get on the same page and move forward," he said.

Brown dodged questions from reporters about his future with the program, instead professing a desire to focus on his players and UT's upcoming appearance at the Alamo Bowl.

"My situation has not changed," Brown simply answered.

Rumors of Brown's departure from Texas have been ongoing for several years as the Longhorns struggled to become a national power again.

The 62-year-old Brown would end a 16-year run at Texas with a 158-47 record, including 15 bowl appearances, 11 bowl wins (two of which were BCS bowls) and a national championship.

Instead of the Fiesta Bowl, the 8-4 Longhorns are headed to the Alamo Bowl to play Oregon on Dec. 30 at the Alamodome.

In the audience Thursday was Red McCombs, who was asked about Brown's future as head coach.

"I think Mack has earned the right to choose whatever he wants to do, whether he wants to stay or go," McCombs said. "When we look back and see what (the University of) Texas was when he came, and look at it and see where it is today, it's the most envied program in sports, as far as college sports are concerned. So if you can find a reason to get rid of a guy like that, you would have to really have to reach. So I'm hoping he's there next year, just like he is this year."