Mack Brown leads contingent to Dubai seeking Texas opportunities
Former Texas coach Mack Brown is leading a group of University of Texas individuals hoping to build an 'international brand' in the Middle Eastern state of Dubai.
Mack Brown is currently leading a University of Texas contingent in the Middle Eastern state of Dubai that hopes to build an “international brand” for the school, a source told CBSSports.com.
It’s no secret that Texas athletic director Steve Patterson wants to extend Texas’ reach. The men’s basketball team is playing a game in China next season. There have been reports of Patterson looking to play a football game in Mexico City.
Dubai became an attractive location, according to the source, because of Texas oil interests in the country.
Brown -- the Longhorns' football coach from 1998-2013 -- has been tweeting pictures since the arriving in the country this week. The images included former players David Thomas and Ricky Brown. The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that the trip is “football-related meant to explore future possibilities for Texas athletics.”
The paper also said Patterson’s wife, Yasmin, was there. She speaks Arabic.
Brown works as a special assistant to the university president. He just completed his first season as an ESPN analyst.
Dubai is one of seven states in the United Arab Emirates.
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