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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Mack Brown: Focused on winning

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The recent past for the Texas Longhorns has Mack Brown answering questions about his immediate future.

But the coach says he continues to focus on the task at hand -- winning football games, "not trying to win popular polls."

"I'm worried about beating Kansas State," Brown said in an interview with ESPN aired Saturday morning on "College GameDay, before the Longhorns (1-2) hosted the Wildcats (2-1) in a primetime, nationally televised matchup.

"The way fans are, you go back and get on a run, win the rest of the games and you go win a BCS game and all of a sudden we're playing a for a national championship next year. I've been on both ends of this, many times."

Despite three consecutive sub-par years and a slow start to this season, Brown has received recent votes of confidence from those who could ultimately usher him out the door -- school president Bill Powers and athletic director DeLoss Dodds.

Brown, 62, said he doesn't expect to hear from Texas' top administrators anytime soon -- and wouldn't want to if it pertains to his job status.

"Sixteen years is a long time. I don't need to be sitting down telling them about anything except beating Kansas State," said Brown, who left North Carolina for the Texas job in Dec. 1997, and whose Longhorns have lost to the Wildcats five straight times.

Texas' recent performance has left the coach feeling "miserable," he said.

"But as a coach, you're challenged, you're competitive," Brown said. "I don't like where we are but I love the fight to get it fixed, I love the fight to get it back, that's who, that's what I am."

Brown reiterated that an exit strategy wasn't among his priorities.

"The people that I've talked to in the past say you don't know 'til that day," Brown said. "And if you start thinking about the end instead of tonight, it's not fair to you, it's not fair to your staff, it's not fair to your team."