AUSTIN, Texas — Don't tell Miami Central coach Roland Smith that Mack Brown is on the verge of stepping down as the head coach at Texas.
Brown visited the high school's practice Tuesday, then spent the evening with running back recruit Dalvin Cook and his parents. Cook has been committed to Florida since April but Brown was still talking up the Longhorns.
"Typical Mack Brown to me — very upbeat," Smith said. "You wouldn't have known he had a worry in the world or that he was going to resign."
But Brown has had discussions with school officials about resigning, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday. Nothing had been finalized. Brown wanted to talk to Texas president Bill Powers.
ESPN also reported Tuesday that Brown will resign after 16 seasons with the Longhorns.
Brown confirmed via text to the American-Statesman that he was recruiting in Florida. "If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here," Brown also texted to 247sports.com. "I have not decided to step down."
Meanwhile, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that, assuming Brown leaves, the Texas Board of Regents will pursue Nick Saban, who has won three national championships in his seven seasons at Alabama, and also won one at LSU.
Brown, 62, is under contract through 2020 and makes an estimated $5.4 million a year. If he's terminated, Brown is scheduled to receive $2.75 million.
Texas released a statement by athletic director Steve Patterson which said no decision had been made about Brown's future.
The website Orangebloods.com first reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end.
The unranked Longhorns (8-4) face No. 10 Oregon on Dec. 30 at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Honors: Alabama placed nine players on the coaches' All-SEC team and LSU had eight. Heisman Trophy finalists Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Tre Mason of Auburn were first-team picks. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, a former Wharton High standout, was the only Gator named to the first team … Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi won the annual Broyles Award given to the top college assistant coach.
Oregon: Tight end Pharaoh Brown was suspended for the Alamo Bowl because of his role in an on-campus snowball fight that got out of hand. A YouTube video of Friday's incident shows players and other students pelting a car with dozens of snowballs.
Wake Forest: The school hired Bowling Green's Dave Clawson as its coach, replacing the retired Jim Grobe.