Mack Brown tells Plant linebacker he's sticking with Texas Longhorns



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Wed. December 11, 2013 | Kelly Parsons

Mack Brown has been in the news after ESPN reported Tuesday that the Texas head football coach was expected to resign after 16 years with the Longhorns. Wednesday afternoon, though, Brown was at the doorstep of Plant linebacker Andrew Beck.

Brown visited Beck, a Texas commit, at his home to inform the Plant linebacker that the report of his resignation was false.

"He was very upfront with me," Beck said. "He said, 'I haven't changed anything, and if anything does change, you'll know far before the media does.' It was definitely a reassurance."

On April 9, Beck committed to Texas, a school that had been a favorite of Beck's ever since his family lived in Harker Heights while his father was stationed in Fort Hood.

Beck, a four-star recruit, helped lead Plant to a 12-2-1 season and a state semifinal berth this year. In the Panthers' overtime win against Orlando Dr. Phillips in the second round of the playoffs on Nov. 22, Beck stopped the lead blocker in what would be the goal-line stand that caused Dr Phillips to miss a two-point conversion in overtime and lose the game.

Beck has been a big part of the Panthers' defense. Starting Jan. 8, 2014, when he will move to Austin, Beck plans to do the same for the Longhorns -- with or without Brown at the helm.

Beck said he trusts Brown when he said the resignation report was just a rumor. The Plant senior still has a photo of himself and Brown that was taken when Beck was a third grader at one of Brown's football camps.

It's his dream to play for Brown, Beck said. But it's also his dream to be a Longhorn.

"My dad and I talk about it all the time: I'm commuted to the program," Beck said. "It would be difficult for me if he wasn't there, but it's not the end of the world. I'm still going to be at Texas."

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