The end appeared to be ugly, but now all is well. Hours after a report surfaced that a decision on Mack Browns’ future would be made “within 48 hours,” a new report stated the head coach of the Texas Longhorns’ football team will step down after 16 years in burnt orange. Brown has been under fire all season for his handling of Texas’ quarterback situation and everyone assumed the Horns’ loss to Baylor in the season finale was the nail in the coffin of his career in Austin. Now instead of receiving a pink slip, Brown will leave on relatively friendly terms after declining a request to retire earlier this year.
This is the best possible way for Brown’s tenure to come to an end since he didn’t retire when asked. Had he hung it up then, that would have been ideal and he likely would have been a candidate for Texas’ Athletic Director position. But like he always has, Brown apparently thought he could come through one more time for the Horns.
With Case McCoy graduating and David Ash’s football career likely over, Texas will enter a new era of football with a new head coach and a new signal-caller in 2014. Tyrone Swoops, whose redshirt was moronically burned this year by Brown and his staff, will likely be the new quarterback for the Longhorns, assuming the team’s new coach agrees he’s the best man for the job.
It’s not like the speculation about Texas’ new head coach hasn’t already begun, but now that Brown is reportedly done, the official search can truly begin. Had it not been for the past few rough years, Brown would be ridden off into the sunset like the legend he is. We’ll always remember the good times, Mack. Thanks for everything.