Mack Brown retired on Dec. 14 and the Texas Longhorns lost the head coach that brought them more success than most teams in college football over the past decade. It was just four years ago that Brown had his Longhorns in the national championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, and now they are looking for someone to lead them into their next era.
Brown was also the man who led Texas to their first undisputed national championship in 36 years when he and Vince Young took down the USC Trojans in 2005. Now, after 16 years with the Longhorns program, Brown leaves the school with a 244-121-1 record, two Big 12 titles and a national title.
From 2001-09, the Texas Longhorns went 101-16 under Brown.
However, since their last national title appearance, Texas has lost four or more games in four consecutive seasons. While most schools in the nation would love that kind of success, the Longhorns expect to compete for championships and Brown said in a statement that it was time for the school to move in a different direction.
Brown confided in some people earlier in the week that he was retiring, but changed his mind when someone leaked the info to the press. ESPN reported that he was fighting the resignation, but it appears he has given in and will step down.
Brown said in his statement that the school was being pulled in two different directions and that he needed to step down to allow someone else to try to turn things around. Now, with the Mack Brown retirement, the Texas Longhorns will start the search for someone who can somehow match the winning attitude that Brown brought to Texas 16 years ago.