Has the Mack Brown era come to an end at Texas or not?
Tuesday afternoon, Brown refuted an Orangebloods.com report that he was set to step down as Texas's head coach this week.
"I'm in Florida recruiting," Brown said in a text message sent Tuesday to Horns247.com reporter Bobby Burton. "If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down."
CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reported:
#Texas source tells CBS "Mack (Brown) hasn't had any meeting & has not told anyone he's stepping down."— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 10, 2013
But could the decision have been made for him? Feldman followed up:
However, via the Associated Press's Ralph Russo, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson issued a firm statement Tuesday denying that any action had been taken regarding Brown's job:
UT AD Steve Patterson: "We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football. Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made."— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 10, 2013
Brown attorney and Texas megabooster Joe Jamail also told the AP Tuesday that Brown "has not resigned" and -- as Jamail has stated previously -- would be responsible for his own decision on whether to return in 2014.
The Austin-American Statesman reported that Brown has yet to meet with Texas president Bill Powers. Former Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds has told multiple outlets that he has been with Brown for the past two days and has not been told of any decision.
Brown is currently in South Florida on a recruiting trip and is scheduled to meet with Miami running back Dalvin Cook Tuesday.
"I haven't seen [it]," Brown texted to Burton regarding the report.
Burton reported earlier Tuesday that Mack Brown's future as Texas coach would likely be decided within the next two days.
"I think there will be a decision (about Brown's job) within the next 48 hours," a "high-ranking Texas source" told Burton.
Multiple outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, have reported that Brown met with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson at length Sunday during their flight to New York. The News described the meeting as "positive and productive," and Horns247.com sources indicated Brown was not asked to resign.
The Texas Board of Regents meets Thursday, with the News reporting that the meeting could have ramifications for Powers' status and, in turn, Brown's.
But the end nonetheless seems nearer than ever after another 8-4 season that ended with 20-or-more point losses in two of the Longhorns' final three games, including a 30-10 loss at former punching bag Baylor with the Big 12 championship on the line. Brown has gone just 18-17 in the Big 12 over the past four seasons.