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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.
Bowl Teams Date, location TV
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

Fight Hunger

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

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 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

AdvoCare V100

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
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