Posted December 24, 2013

Report: Texas president forced Mack Brown to resign

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Mack Brown has brought the Texas Longhorns to two BCS national championship games. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Mack Brown coached the Texas Longhorns to two BCS national championship games. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Mack Brown was prepared to coach the Texas Longhorns in 2014 until school president Bill Powers unexpectedly pulled his support, according to a report by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.

Brown reportedly was told by Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson he could return for his 17th season prior to the team’s Dec. 13 banquet. But the next day, Patterson reportedly was instructed by Powers to inform Brown that he had to resign.

The report suggests that Powers — who narrowly survived a vote to oust him earlier that week — was informed that some university regents would change their votes if Brown was allowed to return following a third straight disappointing season.

So what changed? The source speculated, “Some of the Regents called and said, ‘If you don’t change coaches, we’re changing our votes on you.’ “

That falls in line with what Orangebloods.com reported earlier in the week: Booster pressure on Powers forced him to relinquish his support of Brown. Literally overnight, the coach lost his biggest ally and lost his job.

Powers and Brown still had not talked as of late last week.

“Mack doesn’t feel betrayed,” the source said. “But I think [Powers] should have done it himself.”

A Texas athletic spokesman declined further comment to the statements released on Dec. 14.

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The Dallas Morning News reported on Brown’s state of mind since his reported ouster.

While not fully confirming the Yahoo account, two sources familiar with Brown’s thinking described him as “disillusioned” and “blindsided” by his departure after 16 seasons. Brown’s final game will come Dec. 30 against Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

The university will continue to pay Brown up to $500,000 as a special consultant to Powers through 2020.


56 comments
boatmanbob7
boatmanbob7

Mack Brown's legacy is secure.  He is a charming, folksy con man, who parlayed 2 measly Big 12 championships into millions upon millions of unearned pay (based on football achievement, or lack thereof).  He secured a billion dollar TV network (which few can get).   Vast, untold amounts of talent and facilities, all top-shelf, were squandered by this delusional impostor.  Perhaps the greatest underachieving coach of all time.  How could anyone manage to be a head coach for 30 years and have only 2 conference championships?  Ask Mack Brown, who peddled UT fans horse apples, and called it steak.   Lots and lots of sizzle the last 16 years, and enough talent to win a dozen or more Big 12 titles.   Sadly, team results and little things that win championships were never his agenda.  This shrewd Barnum & Bailey type huckster knew the value of style over substance.  Great for uninformed folks who just wanted to be part of the spectacle of "Mack's Follies", but terribly frustrating to knowledgeable football fans hungry for championships (UT should just reload each year, al a Saban and Meyer.  Those guys don't tell their fans to "be patient, and I'll get you a couple of Alamo Bowl trophies!"). Mack pulled a brilliant maneuver during his last week before he got canned.   He hunkered down and whined and played the victim, and threatened us all that he would not leave until his contract was up in 2020.   All this bogus posturing forced was sheer genius on Mack's part.  Saban, who knew how great Austin is and the untapped potential of the program, was forced to back out.   It would take Nick Saban three seasons to top what Brown did in 16, and Mack, above all is about Mack Brown and his phony successes,.  He wants folks to believe he achieved here (in his words, "I did it with class.).  John Wooden said "don't confuse activity with achievement."  And Brown was deeply confused, on a yearly basis.  Only a polished con man could excuse his way out of the monumental beatdowns administered by his biggest rival.  This man could lose 63-21 to Oklahoma one week, and convince the populace that we were fine, and OU was just another game.  For sheer gall and double-talk, Brown ranks right up there with Bernie Madoff.  I'm afraid the nitwits in charge of hiring (board of regents) are going to scare off any good candidates, which is fine with Mack Brown.  MB is all MB ever cared about, anyway.   Those two Big 12 trophies (and the one VY obtained) are going to look just fine by themselves in the trophy case if somehow the Texas braintrust fails to get the coach UT players and fans deserve :)

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

Regents selecting a college president based on a football coach contract? Oh gawd, thanks for reminding again why the southern states are like our retarded little brother. Gotta love 'em, but it's still retarded.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Mack Brown is too nice a guy to do it but in his consulting to Powers his first line should be, "Start looking for another Presidents job"!

oldguy68
oldguy68

Any ideas on which Regents?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Unless I'm mistaken, the University of Texas is supposed to be an institution of higher learning.  Thus, the "University."  It seems, however, that all anyone cares about is the football team.


Disgraceful.

TarHeelPhi
TarHeelPhi

It seems that Bill Powers needs to find a little of the backbone that Phil Robertson has to be able to stand up for what he believes and not waiver in the face of pressure. But wait a minute, public figures seem to lose their backbone when they find self in jeapardy and shift the problem to someone else. Seems this country has taken on a new tact of not facing adversity but handing it off to save their own ***.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Hard to believe all the "outrage" here... this or similar has happened many times in modern college sports; the only difference here is the date and the names of the schools/coaches. UT fans have been increasingly screaming for this for 3 years. It was only a matter of time, unless Mac could finally put a winning team together again (he almost did it this year), which is what his bosses kept hoping/waiting for. But for whatever reason, he just couldn't do it. When you consistently get the best talent (almost by default, due to tradition), but don't win, then this happens.


As for the morons bashing the state of Texas, your Mommie sez its time to get off your "puter" and take your bubble bath. Grow up! This is how major programs are now, for the 10 or so states who produce all the best teams. Oh wait... your state probably isn't one of those, so you wouldn't know.

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

Really? They would fire the president of a major university because of the football program? I knew they are stupid, as a rule,  in Texas, but this is serious confirmation. What a pathetic state.

ArthurSaget
ArthurSaget

Wow.  Why are the Regents picking the football coach?

bring_back_the_sanity
bring_back_the_sanity

What does it say about Bill Powers that he allows himself to be blackmailed by the board of regents over Brown's status as head coach?  It shows that he has a distinct lack of courage, integrity, and loyalty, and is only out to preserve his own self-precious skin. A real man would have said to the board, "I just told Coach Brown that he would be returning as Head Football Coach next year.  If you think that his returning is a significant enough problem to warrant my dismissal as President of this university, then you seriously have your priorities screwed up. I'm not going to fire a man who led us to competing for the conference championship, just because you fools tie your egos and self-worth in the BCS rankings." A Board of Regents has absolutely no business whatsoever pressuring a university president or an athletic director over hiring or retention of a coach unless there have been ethical, legal, or regulatory violations which place the university in jeopardy.

dorado
dorado

what exactly is mack brown going to consult powers on??

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

I don't understand why he resigned.  I would have made him fire me.

BrentWolgamott
BrentWolgamott

The last line floored me -- he CONTINUES to get up to $500,000 (!!!), AFTER being fired, all the way until 2020.  What the hell is he crying about? 

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

Power made the right decision.  Rather than mishandle it like USC, keeping Brown for a lame duck season would have resulted in the same in-season firing and the circus that would ensue.  THAT is why administrators like Power get paid, to make tough but correct decisions.  Brown is an outstanding coach but recently he has not developed any of the 5 star recruits that have fallen in his lap.  It may be complacency or just bad hiring of assistant coaches but the results have been disappointing to say the least.  It was time for a change. 

GregJackson
GregJackson

Quit thinking about this in terms of wins and losses or people who have feelings.  This is big business, and there is not much bigger than UT football.  Mack Brown has probably made $40 million coaching at UT, and he will remain a beloved figure by many of the Longhorn faithful.  He can travel anywhere and do pretty much anything he wants to for the rest of his life.  The only disappointment for him is that he didn't get to retire when he wanted to, and he lost a job that would have made him even more rich.  Reality is, if he wanted to continue coaching elsewhere he could probably make $2 or $3 million per year somewhere else, but I seriously doubt he is going to want to do that.  Mack Brown didn't win enough football games to remain head coach at UT, and he'd have lost his job if he had the same record at Ohio State, Alabama, USC or any other program that is used to playing in BCS bowls on a regular basis.

eddie767
eddie767

If this is true, Mack should be let them fire him and collect his real salary. So, this is how a true friend treats you, I don't want to leave so you do. What HC would want to deal with this crap, support one day gone in less than 12hrs.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

College athletics/politics at its worst. Certainly not unique to UT, but with that head coaching job being what it is, it gets more attention.  It is a shame that the governor deliberately weakened the board of regents because he went to a rival school. As I said, at its worst.

Roy1
Roy1

UT looks bad ... which of course is the whole point.  Aggie fanboy Rick Perry is trying to oust Bill Powers and inserted sympathetic regents on the board of regents (some of whom did not even attend UT).  Heck, some of Perry's minions probably helped Ryan O'Neal get the Andy Warhol Farrah Fawcett portrait, to make UT look bad!  Pathetic.  

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

Oh, this makes Texas look bad. It looks like football has higher priority than being president of University of Texas.

Ryan19
Ryan19

These regents are complete morons.  They in essence threatened to fire the school president because of a football coach.  It seems that they may have lost sight of the primary purpose of a University.  I guess that whole education thing is overrated.  It's time they find some new regents who have their priorities straight.  

spikevicious
spikevicious

@CarlLegg 

Your analogy reeks of weak sauce.  Just keep trolling the college/pro football boards and you'll find a home.

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

@MidwestGolfFan It works like this.  You see - TEXAS - is one of the biggest states in the Union.  Whether you believe it or not, the politics, commerce, and general status of the state of Texas are influential and important.  The University of Texas is a beacon of the state as a whole - it announces to the world and in many ways represents what is Texas.  This beacon, this representation of Texas - which I would argue is a representation of what is good about America - independence, self-reliance, a can-do spirit, beauty (all but the last thing being diminished by our national government) - must be cared for responsibly.


You state that - your words - it seems that all anyone cares about is the football team.  I suggest you are expressing your own prejudice,  Go ask any professor in Arts and Sciences.  I guarantee you that she or he is less concerned about the football team but rather whether their grant application will be funded or reseach paper will be accepted for publication.  YOU are the one concerned about the football team.


The football team pays for itself (including whoever becomes its $10 MM coach) and I would bet a week's pay that it also pays for all the Title IX nonsense sports that it is forced to pay for.


Instead of denigrating the University for taking its responsibilites seriously - replacing a highly successful coach who clearly should retire - you should be applauding it for taking on its responsibility in what would appear so far to be a cerebral, deliberate, measured manner.


Roll Tide

riley8
riley8

@TarHeelPhi So let me get this straight.  If your boss gives you the option of losing your job or someone else does you fall on the sword?  Somehow I doubt this.  Nice try.

ChrisbScott
ChrisbScott

Really your going to call an entire state stupid? Funny since The Univ. of Texas has one of the best Law schools in the country, and their rival A&M has one of the best engineering programs in the country. These decisions are made at every major university in the country that plays big time sports. The reason regents and presidents are involved is because UT has more revenue from football than any school in the country....and right now they are in jeopardy of losing their strangle hold on recruiting in the state.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@bobinpowell   "I don't understand why he resigned."

Pride, friendship and a displaced loyalty that Powers and UT athletics couldn't / wouldn't reciprocate.

As for Patterson and not Powers himself telling Brown that he was done, that was classless. Although some NFL and MLB players have found out that they were cut or traded by listening to talk radio. As bad as it was, it could have been worse.

bring_back_the_sanity
bring_back_the_sanity

@BrentWolgamottMack isn't crying. He's a man. Bill Powers is an easily-manipulated, self-preserving coward. The relationships that Mack Brown has formed in the community, the state of Texas, and beyond are easily worth half a million dollars to the university, because they will generate far more in contributions. Don't try to relate his accomplishments and economic value to your own, because you don't play in the big boy sandbox.

ChrisbScott
ChrisbScott

Thank you for giving an intelligent and literate view of reality.

GregJackson
GregJackson

@eddie767 Powers had to act in his own best interest.  He makes a lot less money than Mack Brown, and if Powers didn't fire him then the next UT president would have.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Rickapolis  The Texas governor, legislature, Univ. Texas Board of Regents and UT athletic department are all governed by that same august body; the Texas oil barons. 

To paraphrase a couple of traditional wisdoms: "Money talks and bureaucrats walk!" and "Oil rolls downhill!" Just acknowledging reality as we all know it.

Roy1
Roy1

@Ryan19 Yes, but the primary purpose of the university president is ... fund-raising.  Right or wrong, the success or failure of high-profile football or basketball programs has an impact on fundraising.  It's like that at most D-I schools.  The President of Penn State, Graham Spanier, didn't want to fire a popular head coach who was well past his prime - Joe Paterno.   Then a big scandal unfolded and everybody lost their jobs! 

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@C-Diddy

Wrong. The article stated that the Regents would change their vote based on football coach preference. 

Typical Texas bas-ackwards priorities. You guys down there are a bunch of hics.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@C-Diddy @MidwestGolfFan Self-reliance?  Coming from an Alabama fan that's hilarious seeing how those Southern states are takers when it comes to the Federal Government.  States like Texas, California, New York basically subsidize states like Alabama.  Oh yeah, would it kill people in the south to eat healthy once in a while?  Unhealthy people are what drive up health care costs.  

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@mystafugeehow is this proof all it cares about is football?"

Hahaha. It's also proof that you can't read. 

riley8
riley8

@mystafugee @MidwestGolfFan At the very least this is proof that money runs everything and money is football.  Cart before the horse just like most things in this world.

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@ChrisbScott Nice try at an excuse, but doesn't pass the smell test. College presidents should be concerned about academics, period. If a sports program becomes so big that its on-field performance can make or break an academic budget, that college has forgotten its mandate.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@didymus@BrentWolgamott   The $ 550k / year consultants fee is a thinly veiled buyout. In the context of such a public termination, "resigned" is a diplomatically polite way of saying he was fired. It's a little like diplomats telling the press that "we had a frank and candid exchange!". Translated into common English, it means "&%$# you!". "Yeah, well &%$# you too!" It's a matter of context and interpretation.

Hendo
Hendo

@CarlLegg @spikevicious CarlLegg, did someone from the South hurt you? You seem very bitter. Hopefully, one day you will be able to forgive. 

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

@mystafugee @C-Diddy @MidwestGolfFan You are the master of the non-sequitur sir!  (Have you looked that up yet?)  You are focused on my school and not on my post.  You bore me, as do most dolts.  C-Diddy wins and is out.