Reports: Mack Brown to resign by end of the week

Mack Brown has won 157 games at Texas. (USATSI)
Mack Brown has won 157 games at Texas. (USATSI)
After 16 seasons, the Mack Brown era at Texas will reportedly come to a close by the end of the week.

"The writing is on the wall," a source told reporter Bobby Burton early Tuesday evening. "I think this will be done in a couple of days max." 

ESPN reported Tuesday that Brown is "expected to resign" by the end of the week. first reported Tuesday that Brown would "step down," setting off a firestorm of denials throughout the afternoon.

"I'm in Florida recruiting," Brown said in a text message sent to Burton. "If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down."

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Brown attorney Joe Jamail both vehemently denied that any decision of Brown's future had been made, with Jamail saying that decision rested with Brown and that he had not yet chosen to resign.

But's Bruce Feldman reported that Brown is indeed not likely to return in 2014:

According an ESPN source, Brown made the decision to resign himself, but has issued denials because he wanted to "tell his players and staff and not read it on the internet."

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that Patterson and Brown met Sunday during a shared flight to New York and that Brown had not been asked to resign at that meeting. However, a Texas Boards of Regent meeting scheduled for Thursday could affect both the status of Brown and school president Bill Powers.

From New York, Brown flew to South Florida on a recruiting trip, where he was photographed by's Ryan Bartow at Miami Central High School, alongside Texas running backs coach Larry Porter:

Burton reported early Tuesday that a decision would be reached within 48 hours, although at that time it appeared Brown may have been able to return.

Now, it appears Brown's fate was sealed this past weekend, when the Longhorns lost 30-10 at Baylor in a de facto Big 12 championship game, dropping Brown's conference record to 18-17 over the past four seasons.

If forced out, Brown will leave Austin with a 157-45 record over 16 seasons, the 2005 BCS national championship, six Big 12 titles, and four BCS bowl appearances.

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