While on the recruiting trail, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and Texas head coach Mack Brown took detours to San Antonio Thursday morning to be officially introduced as participants in this years match-up between the Ducks and Longhorns in the 21st playing of the Valero Alamo Bowl.
As expected, much of the attention during Thursday’s presser was focused on Brown and the reports of his expected resignation as Texas head coach.
“There’s been a little speculation about my job situation,” Brown said during his opening comments.
“We’re not here to talk about me. My situation has not changed.”
Even though Brown addressed his current coaching situation and said he wanted to focus on the game, the questions from members of the media continued to come about his status and future plans.
Brown continued to deflect all of his ‘job status’ questions and steered his answers to the match-up between the Ducks and Longhorns which amused Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.
“You’re really good at this,” Helfrich quipped to Brown which caused the roomful of media and guests to break out into laughter.
Both Oregon ( 10-2 ) and Texas ( 8-4 ) came extremely close to winning their conference championships however were left out of the BCS lineup and were selected to play in San Antonio on December 30th.
Both coaches agreed the Alamo Bowl will be a challenge with two very good teams meeting from two very good conferences.
“It’s an honor for me personally to sit next to Coach Brown and compete against the University of Texas” said Helfrich in his opening remarks.”
“He’s an icon of our game, an iconic program. Very excited to prepare to compete against them. As I started watching film on these guys, that’s not much fun. They’re big, fast and physical. Top to bottom, our guys will be very excited for this challenge.”
VIDEO; Watch and listen to the Alamo Bowl coaches press conference by clicking on the image above.