Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.
Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week’s end.
“We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football,” Patterson said. “Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made.”
Joe Jamail, Brown’s longtime friend and attorney, told the Associated Press Tuesday: “Mack Brown has not resigned.” He says Brown’s future with Texas is still up to the coach.
Horns247.com, a Texas recruiting website, reported that Brown denied the report in a text from Florida, where he was recruiting.
Brown wrote to Horns247: “I have not decided to step down.”
Texas just completed another regular season that didn’t meet expectations. The Longhorns went 8-4, recovering from a 1-2 start and beating Oklahoma, but still finishing with lopsided late-season losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor.
There has been speculation about Brown’s future in Austin since even before the season started, and it became rampant after blowout losses to BYU and Mississippi in September.
Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz after the BYU loss and replaced him with Greg Robinson. The move seemed to help. The Longhorns played better, and the season peaked with a 36-20 victory against rival Oklahoma in October.
Texas is set to play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 30.
Longtime Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds announced that he would be stepping down earlier this season, and former Arizona State AD Steve Patterson has already been hired to replace him.
The future of another powerful ally of Brown’s could also be decided later this week in Texas.
The University of Texas system Board of Regents is meeting Thursday and they are scheduled to discuss and possibly vote on whether Bill Powers will remain the university president at Texas.
Clowney going too fast: Authorities have released video of South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney being ticketed, with troopers saying he drove 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
Video obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press shows Clowney being pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 77 north of Columbia.
Radioing in the call, the trooper identifies the driver only as “Clowney.”
Clowney is barely audible on the recording and remains in the car during the seven-minute recording.
The ticket carries a $355 fine. A copy obtained by AP shows Clowney has a Jan. 9 court date, although the trooper told him he didn’t have to appear.
Clowney is a junior expected to enter the NFL draft after South Carolina plays Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.
Fans arraigned after rowdy celebration: Police say four people arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State’s victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game have been arraigned.
East Lansing police say officers arrested 12 students and three others in the disorders late Saturday and early Sunday. Police say there were at least 57 fires.
Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions. The Lansing State Journal has posted video online showing thousands of revelers cheering as a couch was tossed on a fire.