- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Mack Brown has said repeatedly he will not be walking away anytime soon.
Now, Texas president Bill Powers has said he and athletic director DeLoss Dodds neither want the 15-year coach to walk away, nor will they force him to.
"Now that the Longhorn football team has finished its regular season, there has been an increase in media speculation about Coach Mack Brown's future," Powers wrote on his blog Tower Talk. "I'd like to state unequivocally that Coach Brown has my full support as well as the support of Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. Put succinctly, Mack Brown is and will remain the Longhorns' head football coach."
Brown signed a four-year extension following last season after rumors that he might retire surfaced. The new deal takes Brown through 2020. His annual compensation is about $5.3 million.
Brown, who won the national title at Texas in 2005, has not hidden from the fact that his program has slid since playing in the BCS national title game in 2009.
"If you'd ask me if I am happy with three years of non-BCS games, I would say no." Brown said Thursday.
Texas is 21-16 the past three years and has not beaten a team that finished the regular season in the BCS Top 25 during that time. The Longhorns were 8-4 in 2012, including a 42-point loss to Oklahoma, as well as losses in their last two games.
Texas, No. 23 in the BCS standings, will play No. 13 Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.
For Powers, Brown's character and past success weighed heavily in his decision to continue supporting the coach.
"Coach Brown restored Texas' winning tradition," Powers wrote. "He embodies the Texas character, is a superb ambassador for The University of Texas, and runs a program that is both winning and clean, a program that all alumni and fans can and should be proud of. Mack cares about the young men on the team as people, as students, and as players, in that order, and he models the kind of leadership that will serve our players for the rest of their lives."
For his part, Brown has maintained the program, which is losing only three senior starters, is on the upswing.
"The process started three years ago and 2010 was a very poor year,"
Brown said, referring to the 5-7 record in 2010. "We coached poorly and we played poorly most of it and there were some changes made at that time. And (in 2011) we really stepped up defensively and did well and I'm proud of that. We were inept on offense quite often but we started running the ball better.
"This year we have been much better on offense and we were inept on defense and the last five weeks we have played much better defense. I really believe we are headed in the right direction."
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