Brown out as Longhorns coach

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."

Brown out as Longhorns coach 12/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:50pm]

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