After 16 seasons of guiding the Texas Longhorn football program, head coach Mack Brown will officially resign after the Valero Alamo Bowl December 30th.
After two weeks if wild speculation among fans and media alike, Brown made it official Saturday evening after meeting with his team and informing them of his decision.
In a statement he released Saturday, Brown discussed his decision and the direction of the program.
“Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided” the statement read.
“With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It’s been a wonderful ride.”
Texas played in two BCS National Championship games, won two Big 12 titles, went to 14 bowl games and finished in the top 15 a total of 10 times during Brown’s tenure.
He coached more than 50 All-Americans and more than 70 All-Big 12 players at Texas, including five conference players of the year on offense and six on defense.
“Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change” the statement continued.
“I love the University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can’t thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that’s why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”
Brown is 158-47 in his 16 seasons at Texas, nine wins short of tying Darrell Royal for the most in school history.
He won 10 or more games for nine consecutive seasons ( 2001-09 ), and he’s currently No. 10 on the FBS all-time coaching wins list.