Less than 24 hours after it appeared Mack Brown was staying on as head coach at Texas, he has resigned.
The Longhorn Network broke the news.
BREAKING: Mack Brown will resign as Texas head coach.— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) December 15, 2013
According to SportsCenter, the Alamo Bowl will be his last with the Longhorns.
BREAKING: Mack Brown will resign as Texas coach. He will coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 15, 2013
Brown released a statement on TexasSports.com:
Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided. With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It's been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love The University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can't thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that's why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.
It was assumed that after Nick Saban signed an extension at Alabama, Brown would be staying on for at least another season. Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com reported that Brown had planned on resigning, but after the news got leaked to the media, the head coach wasn't happy and was contemplating staying on for an additional season.
Now, it appears that Brown has stood by his original decision and will be leaving Austin. It's a massive loss for the school, as the 62-year-old leaves as one of the most successful coaches in Texas history. He won two Big 12 titles and a national championship in 2006.
As you'd expect, Twitter was ablaze when news of his resignation broke.
Brown leaves with the second-most wins in program history. Only Darrell Royal has more (167).
Mack Brown to resign. His 158 wins at Texas rank 2nd in program history— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2013
Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports isn't looking forward to a college football season without Brown and feels his exit from Texas wasn't handled well.
I'll miss covering Mack Brown. Class guy. Did not get class treatment at the end.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 15, 2013
ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski believes that Brown's legacy will be fully appreciated over time.
As class acts go, Mack Brown belongs on the front row of the team photo. In time, even his critics will appreciate how good of a coach he is— Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoEspn) December 15, 2013
Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports thought it was appropriate that Brown's last game would be at the Alamo Bowl.
Dan Wolken of USA Today pitied the Heisman Trophy ceremony, which will take place on Saturday night.
Heisman: Upstaged RT @LonghornNetwork: BREAKING: Mack Brown will resign as Texas head coach.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 15, 2013
CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman is already looking forward to the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the events that led to Brown's resignation.
I think someday there could be a fascinating 30 for 30 on the 2013 Texas Longhorns and the exit of Mack Brown.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 15, 2013
Of course, now the search will begin for Brown's replacement. Saban looks like an unlikely option, and it may be hard to tempt Art Briles away from Baylor. After those two, Football Outsiders' Matt Hinton has no idea where else to look.
Never took Saban or Briles seriously for Texas, but honestly have no idea now who I should be.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) December 15, 2013
Feldman listed some names he thinks could be linked to Texas.
Names I think could be in play for #Texas vacancy: Jimbo Fisher, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Mora, James Franklin & Mike Tomlin.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 15, 2013
USA Today's Paul Myerberg is of the opinion that Florida State's Jimbo Fisher would be the best possible replacement.
Texas would do itself a great disservice by not pushing hard after Jimbo. He's the closest thing to Saban outside of Saban.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 15, 2013
Wolken noted how hard the Texas job is, and any potential candidate would be wise to think of the difficulties.
You have to be able to recruit, coach and be on TV a LOT at Texas. Not a ton of guys out there who are good at all three.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 15, 2013
Considering the fact that Texas is the most profitable college football program in the country, the Longhorns will have no shortage of potential suitors.