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Reports: Mack Brown Will Step Down as Texas’ Football Coach

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Legendary Texas Longhorns football coach Mack Brown will be resigning his position this week, according to multiple media reports — the latest from ESPN.com.

OrangeBloods.com and InsideTexas.com reported Tuesday that Brown, under major scrutiny the last few years at Texas, will be stepping down.

Brown immediately refuted the report, texting 247Sports.com:

“I haven’t seen [the] article. I’m in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down, I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down.”

ESPN is reporting today (Wednesday), however, that an unnamed source is also confirming Brown will be stepping down.

“I know Mack, he’s a friend, this is his decision, but he wants to tell his players and staff and not read it on the Internet,” the source told ESPN. “That’s why he reacted strongly to the [Orangebloods.com] report.

“I’d be real surprised if it hasn’t happened by Friday night with the [Texas] football banquet. I think it will be taken care of. It wouldn’t drag on much longer.”

Brown, 62, coached the Longhorns to Big 12 championships in 2005 and 2009, with the 2005 season capped with a thrilling win over USC in the BCS National Championship game with Vince Young at quarterback.

He led Texas to seven wins over arch-rival Oklahoma, and the Longhorns are 13-7 in bowl games under Brown.

Texas lost to Baylor the final week of the 2013 regular season with a Big 12 title on the line. The Longhorns, who went 8-4 under Brown in 2013, will face Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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