Mack Brown discussed his decision to resign as head coach of the Texas Longhorns on Sunday, explaining that stepping away is what's best for the historic program.
"It's time for me to move on and let someone else come in and restart the program," Brown said via ESPN. "This is a top-five program annually. It may be the best job in the country. You should be in the mix every year.
"It's time for Texas to get back in the mix like we were from '04 to '09. And that was a wonderful run, a lot of fun. We haven't lived up to those expectations since 2010."
Brown said on Sunday that university president Bill Powers and athletic director Steve Patterson gave him the option to return in 2014. However, after considering the "distractions" and "negativity" of the last year, the Longhorns coach and his bosses reached a mutual decision to end Brown's 16-year tenure.
"I sincerely want what's best for the University of Texas," Brown said. "There's just too many distractions, too many negatives out there. And the players and assistant coaches shouldn't have to deal with negatives about me. That's not healthy for our place. This university is so much bigger than any one person."
Brown will coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30, then have an option to stay on with the school as a special consultant to President Bill Powers.
In the press conference, Brown referenced the "high standard" that was set during his run as Longhorns coach, and acknowledged that the program has not met that standard in recent years.
"I understand that if you don't win all the games here, people are unhappy," Brown said. "Other people love eight wins. This place isn't that way, and I agree with them. I do not think that we lived up to the standard that we have set since 2010. I thought we were going to this year, I really thought we had a chance to make a run, and it didn't happen."
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said that the coaching search to replace Brown will begin immediately.