POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 4:40pm
Austin, Texas (KETK) —
According to Chip Brown of the University of Texas Rivals website, OrangeBloods.com , head football coach Mack Brown will be stepping down after 16 years.
As rumors have swirled around the college football world since the beginning of the season when the Longhorns dropped two games to BYU and Ole Miss before going on to lose to Oklahoma State and Baylor, an official decision is expected to be announced in the next 48 hours. Mack also dismissed Texas defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, after the first two humiliating losses this season.
ESPN also confirmed the report around 6:40 p.m.
Mack is in Florida on a recruiting trip and said he has not made any decsion, yet, although sources in the UT system suggest otherwise.
Chip says he expects the Alamo Bowl, December 30, in San Antonio, in which the Longhorns take on the PAC-12 powerhouse, Oregon Ducks, will be Mack's last. Chip says sources also tell him the Texas football banquet, Friday, will be a celebration of the 2013 team and of Mack.
Mack is under contract until 2020 and sources say he will receive a $2.75 million buyout, among other incentives, for his resignation.
Prior to Mack's lengthy tenure at Texas, he was head coach at Appalachian State, Tulane and North Carolina.
He won the following championships at the University of Texas:
BCS National Championship (2005)
Big 12 Championship (2005, 2009)
- Big 12 South Division (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009)
Mack is currently the highest paid employee in the University of Texas system racking up over $5 million a year. He is only second in Longhorn wins with 158 behind D.K. Royal who recorded 167 in his time at UT.
Mack also caught heat for reportedly missing out on impact players, who showed interest in UT, including former Heisman winners Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, 2013 Heisman front runner, Jameis Winston and star Oregon wide-receiver, Josh Huff.
According to Fox News, there were intercom pages jokingly made in the Austin airport, Tuesday, for Nick Saban after the news of Mack's potential departure broke.
Texas essentially played for the BIG 12 Championship, Saturday, but the high-octane Baylor Bears rolled over the Longhorns, 30-10 in Waco, handing Baylor their first ever BIG 12 trophy and a Fiesta Bowl bid.
Stay with KETK for the latest on Mack's future with the Longhorns.