Texas officials confirmed Tuesday that they will recommend a four-year extension for football coach Mack Brown that is expected to be approved in a Thursday meeting of school regents.
The extension would keep Brown, 60, under contract through the 2020 season. In a joint statement, men’s athletics director DeLoss Dodds and university president Bill Powers said they want Brown to be Texas’ football coach “for as long as he wants.”
The extension for Brown, who currently earns $5.2 million per year, is expected to include annual raises of $100,000 as well as a provision that would allow the university to dismiss Brown for $3.5 million with six months’ notice. Brown has compiled a 141-39 record in 14 seasons at Texas, including a 2005 national championship. But his teams are only 13-13 in his last 26 games, including an 8-5 mark last season.
Dodds initially suggested the extension in December, calling it a way to debunk rumors that Brown was considering retirement. In Tuesday’s joint statement, Dodds and Powers said Brown “is as energized as ever, has a great staff and an exciting young team. Our future is very bright.”
_ Jimmy Burch