AUSTIN, Texas — Mack Brown united and revived a divided and dormant Texas football program and coached the Longhorns to their first undisputed national title in 36 years.
Now, after four seasons with at least four losses, Brown is stepping down to make way for the next coach to try to push the Longhorns back into the nation’s elite.
Texas announced Saturday night that Brown, who won the 2005 national championship, would retire after 16 seasons, with his final game to be the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl against Oregon.
In a statement released by the school, Brown acknowledged it was time for a change after a 30-20 record and 18-17 mark in the Big 12 over the last four seasons. Texas is 8-4 this season and lost the Big 12 title to Baylor in the final game of the regular season.
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The announcement came after a week of intense speculation about the 62-year-old coach’s future and a flurry of reports that he was considering stepping down.
“It’s been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change,” Brown said. “I love the University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here … It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America.
“I sincerely want to get back to the top, and that’s why I’m stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again,” Brown said.
Brown was considered the perfect fit at Texas when the Longhorns hired him away from North Carolina in 1997 to replace the divisive John Mackovic. The affable Brown immediately won over Longhorns fans at his introductory news conference when he flashed the traditional “Hook’em Horns” sign and urged fans to “come early, be loud and stay late.”
Brown led the Longhorns through a run of dominance from 2001 to 2009 when Texas went 101-16, won two Big 12 titles and twice played for the national championship.
He went 158-47 at Texas, the wins ranking second behind the late Darrell Royal, who won 167 in 20 seasons with the Longhorns.
Army falls to Navy
PHILADELPHIA — Walking off the muddy field after another disheartening loss to Navy, embattled Army coach Rich Ellerson probably wondered if he would get another chance to beat his school’s biggest rival.
The Black Knights offered little resistance Saturday in a 34-7 defeat, their 12th straight in a lopsided series that Army once dominated.
“I love that football team,” Ellerson said about his squad. “I want desperately for them to have a better feeling today. That’s what is killing me.”
Army (3-9) fumbled five times and was intercepted once in its fifth straight defeat. Ellerson fell to 0-5 against the Midshipmen and 20-41 overall since taking the job in December 2008.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and Navy (8-4) took a 17-0 halftime lead before coasting to the finish.
|2013-14 bowl games|
|The BCS National Championship is Jan. 6 in 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|