Mack Brown met with the media on Sunday to discuss his decision to resign, ending a 16 year run as the Longhorns' head coach.
Brown will coach the team in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30, but the search for Texas' next head football coach will begin immediately. After Brown spoke on Sunday, university president Bill Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson addressed the coaching search.
Powers and Patterson denied contact with Alabama coach Nick Saban, citing "malarkey in the press the last couple weeks." Patterson will ultimately make the hire of a new head coach, and though he said a criteria has not been set, the next head coach needs "extensive" college coaching experience.
"And you've got to win. You've got to win big," Patterson said. "We'll find the best football coach we can."
Patterson joked that he would like to have the next head coach hired by "Tuesday at noon," but would not set any timetable for the search.
CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman listed Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, UCLA's Jim Mora, Baylor's Art Briles, Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Auburn's Gus Malzahn as names that might be in consideration for the Texas vacancy, adding a pair of Texas natives, Arizona State's Todd Graham and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, to round out the list of possible targets from the college game.
Brown will continue working with the team and current staff as the Longhorns prepare for the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30.