Twitter Reacts as Texas Announces Mack Brown Will Resign After Alamo Bowl

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Twitter Reacts as Texas Announces Mack Brown Will Resign After Alamo Bowl
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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.

According to SportsCenter, the Alamo Bowl will be his last with the Longhorns.

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).

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.

ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski believes that Brown's legacy will be fully appreciated over time.

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.

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman is already looking forward to the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the events that led to Brown's resignation.

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.

Feldman listed some names he thinks could be linked to Texas.

USA Today's Paul Myerberg is of the opinion that Florida State's Jimbo Fisher would be the best possible replacement.

Wolken noted how hard the Texas job is, and any potential candidate would be wise to think of the difficulties.

Considering the fact that Texas is the most profitable college football program in the country, the Longhorns will have no shortage of potential suitors.

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