AUSTIN, Texas — Mack Brown, who coached Texas to a national title and whose 158 wins are second in school history, stepped down Saturday.
In a statement released by the school, Brown, 62, said "the time is right for a change" after going 30-20 (18-17 Big 12) over the past four seasons. He will coach in the Alamo Bowl.
"It's been a wonderful ride," said Brown, who is nine wins behind Darrell Royal at UT. "I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again."
The school has scheduled a news conference for today.
Brown, who was hired away from North Carolina in 1997, went 158-47 in 16 seasons. From 2001-09, Texas went 101-16 with two Big 12 titles and beat USC for the 2005 national title.
A season after losing to Alabama in the 2009 title game, Texas went 5-7. An 8-5 season followed. And a few days after 2012's 9-4 season ended, a former Texas regent and a current one talked with Alabama coach Nick Saban's agent to gauge his interest in coaching Texas.
Saban agreed to a contract extension late Friday and said Saturday that he "never considered going to Texas."
This season, Texas returned 19 starters, and even Brown talked up its shot at a national title. But it started 1-2, including allowing 550 rushing yards in a loss to BYU (after which he fired his defensive coordinator), and finished 8-4.
"This is a very difficult day for everyone in the University of Texas family," school president Bill Powers said. "Mack Brown is one of the best football coaches in the country."