City of Austin honors Mack Brown

Updated: January 30, 2014, 10:38 PM ET
By Max Olson | ESPN.com

Former Texas coach Mack Brown and his wife were honored by the city of Austin on Thursday.

Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell issued a proclamation making Thursday "Mack and Sally Brown Day" in the state capital.

"Sally and I are so honored," Brown said during a 5-minute address at City Hall. "We've been trying to stay out of the way and let the new staff move forward. We're not having public appearances and not talking to the media. And when the mayor and [UT student body president Horacio Villareal] and [State Sen. Kirk Watson] called us, we said, 'This is too cool.' It's really nice and we appreciate you very much.

"How humbling for us, because Texas has given us a lot more than we've given back. The city of Austin has given us so much, so much more than we could possibly give back."

Edith Royal, wife of the late former Texas coach Darrell Royal, joined the ceremony.

Brown resigned in December after 16 seasons with a record of 158-48, leaving him as the second-winningest coach in school history. He was replaced by Louisville's Charlie Strong.

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