AUSTIN, Texas – Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, Brown will announce he is stepping down by week’s end.
“We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football,” Patterson said. “Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made.”
Joe Jamail, Brown’s longtime friend and attorney, told The Associated Press: “Mack Brown has not resigned.”
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Jamail said Brown’s future with Texas is still up to the coach.
Brown told the Austin American-Statesman he was recruiting in Florida.
Brown texted to 247sports.com: “If I had decided to step down, I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down.”
Texas has completed another regular season that didn’t meet expectations. The Longhorns went 8-4, recovering from a 1-2 start and beating Oklahoma, but finishing with lopsided late-season losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Texas plays Oregon (10-2) in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
There was speculation about Brown’s future in Austin before the season started, and it became rampant after blowout losses to Brigham Young and Mississippi in September.
Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after the BYU loss and replaced him with Greg Robinson. The move seemed to help. The Longhorns played better, and the season peaked with a 36-20 victory against rival Oklahoma in October.
The future of a powerful ally of Brown’s could be decided later this week.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents is meeting Thursday and is scheduled to discuss and possibly vote on whether Bill Powers will remain the university president.
Powers has had a tenuous relationship with the board for several years and is believed to have a slim majority of support among the nine members.
No decision on Brown was expected to come until after Powers’ future at Texas was determined.
Brown is 158-47 at Texas, including a national championship in 2005 and another BCS title-game appearance in 2009. Since that season, the Longhorns are 30-20 and 18-17 in the Big 12.
If there is an opening at Texas, there is likely to be more speculation about Alabama coach Nick Saban replacing Brown.
• Authorities have released video of standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina being ticketed, with troopers saying he drove 110 mph in a 70 mph zone Saturday north of Columbia.
Video obtained by The Associated Press shows Clowney being pulled over in a Chrysler 300. Radioing in the call, the trooper identifies the driver only as “Clowney.”
Clowney, who remains in the car, is barely audible on the seven-minute recording. The ticket carries a $355 fine. A copy obtained by AP shows Clowney has a Jan. 9 court date; the trooper told him he didn’t have to appear.