Report: University of Texas Looks to Lock Down Mack Brown Through 2020

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 23, 2012

DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns yells on the sidelines during play against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images is reporting that the University of Texas regents are meeting with only one item on the agenda, extending the contract of head coach Mack Brown.

The extension is necessary to quell rumors that Brown is closing in on retirement after two of his worst seasons as the Longhorn head coach.

Brown has been an icon at UT and has been rewarded greatly for his success. He is among the nation’s highest paid coaches with an annual salary of over $5 million.

His current contract is through 2016, but the regents would like to see that extended to 2020.

An extension would not only quiet speculation of Brown’s retirement, but would also give high school recruits more confidence that they won’t experience a coaching change during their time at Texas.

Brown has consistently had top recruiting classes, but with 5-7 and 8-5 seasons the past two years, that could soon come to an end if the Longhorns don’t get back on track soon. 

The team showed growth and development this season with the defense getting better and young quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy emerging as leaders.

Once Brown finds his next full-time quarterback, there is little doubt that Texas will get back to winning quickly. The team is always loaded with talented weapons on offense. They simply need someone to lead the team and distribute the ball to the play makers.

Getting Mack Brown extended long term and putting rumors and distractions to rest is exactly what the University of Texas and their football team need to get back on top of the Big 12.