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Mack Brown and 5 Legendary College Football Coaches Whose Careers Did Not End Well

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Mack Brown and 5 Football Coaches Who Failed At End of Career

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At the conclusion of the 2013 college football season, not many people were in doubt of Mack Brown's future with the Texas Longhorns. After a disappointing 2013 season, Brown missed out on the opportunity to win the Big 12 title and many Texas fans were calling for his job, saying he was too old and past his coaching prime with the program.

On Saturday evening, Brown stepped down as the head coach of the Longhorns and people were not as surprised as they would have been five years ago. As one of the best college football coaches of all time, Brown ended his career just as no legendary coach wants to: on a poor note.

Ideas for his replacement have yet to surface, but one thing is for sure: this program will likely be in a rebuilding phase for the next few years at the most. As one of the most prestigious coaching jobs in college football, Texas will be looking for a coach who can lead this team to a national title year after year. Although it's a lot to ask for, winning multiple national titles will be expected of the new coach.

With a legendary coach like Brown ending his career on a poor note, it got me thinking of other college football coaches who may have ended their careers in similar ways. While Brown isn't the first, or the last, to end his career on a sour note, he will be remembered for his success and not his failures as coach.

In case you were wondering which other legendary college football coaches ended their careers in similar fashion, I have the list for you.

Take a look at the list of Mack Brown and the five college football coaches who ended their careers on poor notes.

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Jim Tressel

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Winning a national title, six conference titles and six bowl games in 10 seasons as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes was extremely impressive, making him a living legend at the school. However, a scandal ended his career and led to his resignation as head coach.

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Mack Brown

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As one of the most successful college football coaches from 1996-2009, Brown was easily on track to become a top-five college football coach of all time. He might be in the conversation, but ending his career with a 30-20 record and an 18-17 record in conference play in his last four years as head coach marred his tenure with the school.

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Lou Holtz

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Working his way up the head coaching ranks, Lou Holtz became known as one of the best head coaches of all time thanks to his time at Notre Dame where he went 100-30-2 before retiring after the 1996 season. He took a job with the South Carolina Gamecocks just three years later, going 33-37 as head coach and 19-29 in conference play.

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Joe Paterno

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Joe Paterno finished his career with over 400 wins, but a scandal that involved his assistant coach left a black eye on the program which resulted in over 100 wins being vacated from Patrno's record. He was forced out of his job in 2011 and died just months later. Not a great way for one of the most legendary coaches of all time to end his career.

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Woody Hayes


Finishing his career as the winningest coach in Ohio State football history, Woody Hayes did not think his career would ever end the way it did. He was fired by the school for punching an opposing player on the sideline during the 1978 Gator Bowl. His temper ultimately ended his coaching career.