Tuesday, January 24, 2012
New deal for Mack Brown looks imminent
By David Ubben
University of Texas regents are considering making changes to football coach Mack Brown's contract.
The regents scheduled a Thursday telephone meeting. Brown's contract, which runs through 2016, is the only agenda item and details were not released.
A source told the Austin American-Statesman that the board will extend Brown's contract by four years through the 2020 season. The Statesmen also reported that Brown will continue to receive annual $100,000 raises with the extension. Brown, 60, is one of the highest-paid coaches in the country at $5.2 million per year.
The sad truth is this move might just be necessary for Brown. Ever since bringing on Will Muschamp and naming him coach-in-waiting, questions persisted about when Brown would be done.
Muschamp left. Brown insisted he was reinvigorated.
Yet, after the season, rumors persisted that Brown was leaving or being pushed out.
Generally, contracts as long as Brown's are a bad idea, but how else was Texas going to get rid of a distraction? Repeated denials and statements of confidence didn't do much to quash rumors.
This might help.
The negative recruiting consequences are debatable, but from Brown and Dodds' perspectives, the talk had to get old. Maybe this won't end it, but it's the last step to making it happen.
Going 13-12 over the past two seasons doesn't warrant a raise, but Brown's done enough to earn the confidence of his bosses, who aren't exactly scrounging for cash.
Brown looks like he's in for the long haul. Texas looks happy to have him.