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Report: Mack Brown to return as Texas coach

By Eye on College Football staff

Mack Brown will continue on as head coach at Texas, according to a report from Bobby Burton of 247sports.com.

However, nothing has been announced by either Brown or Texas officials.

Brown, new athletic director Steve Patterson and school president Bill Powers met Friday afternoon, and, citing an anonymous source, ESPN reported that Brown was "fighting to keep his job."

ESPN, citing a source, further reported that Brown had told some close to him that he was going to resign, but became "enraged" and changed his mind when that decision was leaked to the media.

Meanwhile, Friday night as Brown was speaking at the Longhorns team banquet, Alabama coach Nick Saban, who had been reported as a top target for the Horns, agreed to a contract extension and raise to stay in Tuscaloosa.

The embattled Brown gave no inclination during Friday night's banquet that he would step down and told new athletic director Steve Patterson that he's looking forward to working with him.

"ESPN has had the story wrong," Brown told an ESPN reporter after Friday's ceremony. "Everybody just needs to slow down. I have a good relationship with my bosses, Bill Powers and Steve Patterson, and I look forward to making the best decision (about my future)."

Patterson also spoke to the crowd, saying of Brown, "Hopefully we'll be able to get together and work for many years to come," according to the AP.

Patterson did not discuss Brown's future with reporters afterward, and a UT spokesman said Brown and Powers would not comment further.

"When we have something to announce, we'll announce it," Patterson told the AP.

Texas just completed an 8-4 regular season under Brown, but the 62-year-old Horns coach came under fire after a 1-2 start that included losses to Ole Miss and BYU. Texas rebounded to finish 7-2 in Big 12 play, but lost its chance to claim the conference title in the final week against Baylor.

Texas will play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30.

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