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Report: Texas can't buy out Mackovic deal

Texas coach John Mackovic's contract reportedly doesn't allow for a buyout.

It does provide for him to be reassigned within the athletic department should school officials remove him as coach, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.

Speculation has mounted that university alumni might raise $1.8-million to buy out the remaining three years of the contract of the embattled coach, whose Longhorns are 3-5 and tied for last in the Big 12 South.

Patricia Ohlendorf, UT vice provost and general counsel to the president, said that won't happen.

"We do not give a lump-sum payment to an employee of the University of Texas and say, "Now here, go on your way.' We do not do that as a matter of policy."

If Mackovic resigns to take another job before the end of his contract, UT owes him nothing.

A losing record is not grounds for termination, Ohlendorf said.

AUBURN: Athletic director David Housel is planning a casual meeting this week with coach Terry Bowden about Bowden's contract, but neither side expects any decisions until season's end. Last month Housel said he would meet with Bowden during Auburn's off week in response to the coach's request for a contract that doesn't include a rollover clause.

CLEMSON: Senior QB Nealon Greene was cleared to practice. Greene had aggravated turf toe problems that hobbled him for nearly a month early in the season, but coach Tommy West said Greene was "much improved." Tailback Raymond Priester remains day-to-day after spraining his left ankle Saturday against Wake Forest . . . Reserve C Matt McLeod sustained a broken leg when a car struck his motorcycle on campus.

TENNESSEE: RB Jamal Lewis pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was put on three years probation. Lewis, a freshman from Atlanta, entered the negotiated plea in Cobb County Superior Court. In addition to the probation, Lewis was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs. If he meets the terms of his probation, his record will be wiped clean.