Mack Brown will step down after 16 years as the Texas head football coach, the school announced Saturday.
Brown, 62, will go down as the second-winningest coach in Longhorns history and the 10th-winningest FBS coach of all-time, posting a 158-47 record at Texas and a 244-121-1 mark over his 31-year head coaching career. Brown won two Big 12 championships (2005, 2009), appeared in national title games in each of those seasons and won one of them -- a 41-38 thriller over USC eight years ago.
But Texas has struggled recently, going 30-20 in the four seasons since falling to Alabama in the 2009 national championship game. The Longhorns had a chance to win their first outright conference title since 2009 last weekend in Waco but lost to Baylor, 30-10.
Texas will face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in what will be the final game of Brown's Longhorns career.
"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," Brown said in a statement. "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."
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"We appreciate everything Mack has done for The University of Texas," Patterson said in a statement. "He is truly a college football legend. I've had a number of talks with him recently, and he has always said he wanted what was best for The University of Texas. I know this decision weighed heavily on him, and today he told us he's ready to move forward."
Brown's decision to step down becoming official Saturday caps off a wild week of conflicting reports, widespread speculation and apparent in-fighting at the top of the school's administration. Two days after receiving a vote of confidence from the University of Texas Board of Regents, Texas president Bill Powers, like he did during Friday's team banquet, expressed his support for Brown.
"Mack Brown is one of the best football coaches in the country," Powers said in a statement. "With that said, I'm excited for the future and the opportunity to work with him in a new capacity for the years to come and am thrilled that he and [his wife] Sally will remain part of our family. He is an unbelievable resource for us and will always be a valuable member of the Longhorn community."
When initial reports came out of Brown's plan to resign, the longtime Longhorns coach was out recruiting in Florida. He denied the reports and said he was still undecided about his future. Brown declined to comment on the situation following his team's regular season finale a week ago and at its banquet Friday, during which Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who many speculated would replace Brown, signed a contract extension with the Crimson Tide.
"If somebody tells me we need to change, I say, 'Ok, but who should we hire? Saban? Well, Saban isn't going to come here," said DeLoss Dodds, who stepped down last month after 32 years as the Texas men's athletics director, in February. "Mack does it so much better than everyone I've ever seen... He would be who I'd want if I had to start all over again. If there's another Mack Brown out there, that's who we'd go after."
A press conference for Mack Brown is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.