Texas AD: Extension due to recruiting
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds says he's committed to keeping football coach Mack Brown for as long as Brown wants to stay.
Texas regents are scheduled Thursday to consider a four-year contract extension to keep the 60-year-old Brown at Texas at least until 2020.
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"He has achieved a level of success rare in college athletics and has done so with the class and integrity that embodies The University of Texas at Austin," Dodds said of Brown in a statement released by the school. "Our football program is in a great place thanks to Mack's hard work. Mack is as energized as ever, has a great staff and an exciting young team. Our future is very bright.
Dodds told ESPN's Joe Schad on Tuesday the purpose of the extension recommendation was the curtail retirement rumors that have affected the school's recruiting.
"It's being used against us," Dodds said of the lack of the retirement rumors. "I've never been more committed to a coach. And he is here for the long haul. He is here for as long as he wants to be."
Dodds declined to discuss specifics of the extension before Thursday's vote. Brown is paid $5.2 million a year with a $100,000 annual raise.
"Well, I'm 74 and he's 60 so sure. I've never seen him more energized," Dodds told Schad when asked if it's realistic to expect Brown to stay for nine more years. "He's not leaving now or in the foreseeable future."
Texas went 8-5 last season and won the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Brown is 141-39 in 14 seasons at Texas and won the 2005 national championship.
"I think we are where we were two years before the national championship," Dodds told Schad. "We have good coaches and good players but we're young. We need to get older but I saw some really great things this year."
Information from ESPN's Joe Schad and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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