After his worst season in 13 years as Texas' head football coach, Mack Brown met with men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds and University of Texas president Bill Powers about his job security. Brown recalled the meeting when he went on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning.
"We're 5-7. That's not very good at Texas," Brown told Dodds and Powers following the 2010 season. "If y'all want me to continue to coach, I will. If you don't, I understand. I'll go do something else."
With head-coach-in-waiting and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp having recently left Texas to become the head coach at Florida, Brown said that Dodds and Powers couldn't think of any suitable replacements. Three years and 11 losses later, Brown insisted that his Longhorns (2-2), who are coming off a 31-21 win over Kansas State in last weekend's Big 12 opener, can still have a successful season.
"I thought we would have a great team. I still think we can have a very good team," Brown told Patrick. "The players are good enough. The coaches are doing a great job of fighting and regrouping. I'm not giving up. We're 1-0 in the Big 12 and have a chance to continue to win like we did Saturday night and hopefully win the Big 12. That's our goal."
University of Texas regent Wallace Hall and former UT regent Tom Hicks called Nick Saban's agent, Jimmy Sexton, a few days after Saban's Alabama team won its third national title in four years this January, according to a report by The Associated Press last week. Brown addressed the report Friday.
"The University has been great to me," Brown said. "That was an individual. There's always going to be guys like but that had nothing to do with our regents or with the University of Texas so that doesn't bother me."
An issue that Brown has repeatedly addressed recently is his recruitment of former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, current Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. Contrary to what has been reported and speculated, Brown denied recruiting Griffin and Manziel as defensive backs and reiterated that he believed he didn't have any shot to sign Winston.
"We did [offer Griffin] and he was not interested because we had Colt McCoy," Brown said. "He wanted to start. So he committed to Art Briles at Houston. And when he went to Baylor, he took him with him. So we never had a chance to get RG3."
On Manziel: "We never offered Johnny and we sure didn't offer him as a safety. That's been blown out of proportion."
On Winston: "When he said he would like to visit Texas, he was already committed to Florida State and really interested in Alabama... I had some great friends that were very close to the situation. So I called and said, 'Do we have any chance to get Jameis Winston?' And they said, 'You've got absolutely no chance.'... Obviously I would have recruited him very hard if we had a chance."
As for his current job security, Brown said he believed that he will eventually be the one to decide when his tenure as the Longhorns head coach will end.
"I've got a contract through 2020," Brown said. "It has not been discussed. My job is to get this team better and beat Iowa State. I'm planning on trying to win out."