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Thursday, February 9, 2006
Texas regents OK Brown raise, stadium expansion

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas football coach Mack Brown got a $390,000 pay raise Thursday after leading the Longhorns to their first outright national championship in 36 years.

University system regents unanimously approved the salary bump, which gives Brown an annual salary of about $2.55 million, keeping him among the highest-paid coaches in college football.

The 54-year-old Brown agreed to a 10-year deal with Texas at the end of the 2004 season that boosts his salary $100,000 every year. Texas won the 2005 national championship with its 41-38 win over Southern California in the Rose Bowl.

The regents also unanimously approved a $150 million expansion and renovation project that will increase Royal-Memorial Stadium seating capacity from 80,082 to more than 90,000.

Scheduled to be completed in 2008, the project focuses on the north end zone section of the stadium and would add office space and put sprinklers in some interior areas that lack such fire controls.

The $150 million includes a $15 million project already under way on the west side of the stadium.