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                === Mack Brown denies report of resignation ===
 (SportsNetwork.com) -  Mack Brown denied a report issued Tuesday  that he will
 be stepping down at Texas,  though the embattled head football  coach's future
 with the Longhorns remains swirled in uncertainty.
 The  website Orangebloods.com reported that Brown, whose job security has been
 a  heavy topic  of speculation  over the  past few  months, will  announce his
 resignation by the end of the week.
 When  contacted by website Horns247.com later in the day, Brown responded that
 he is currently on a recruiting trip and has not decided to leave his post.
 "I'm  in Florida recruiting,"  Brown said in the message. "If I had decided to
 step  down I sure  wouldn't be killing myself down here. I have not decided to
 step down."
 Sources  also told  Horns247.com that  the university  is expected  to make  a
 decision on Brown's job status within the next 48 hours.
 ESPN  reported that  Brown's fate  will likely  be tied  to a  meeting of  the
 university's  Board of Regents scheduled for Thursday, during which the future
 of  Texas  president Bill Powers  is also to be  discussed. Powers has been an
 ardent supporter of Brown during his eight-year tenure at the school.
 According  to Orangebloods.com, Brown is expected to formally resign at Texas'
 football  banquet on  Friday, with the event  to serve as a celebration of his
 accomplishments  during his  16 years  with the  Longhorns' program.  The site
 indicated  that  Brown will  coach the team  in the Dec.  30 Alamo Bowl, where
 Texas will face Oregon in San Antonio.
 Brown,  who  is under contract  through 2020,  will reportedly receive a $2.75
 million  buyout  and be reassigned  to an advisory  role in the UT president's
 office over the remainder of his pact.
 Taking  over a  floundering  Texas program  prior to  the  1998 season,  Brown
 restored  the Longhorns back to national prominence by stringing together nine
 consecutive campaigns of double-digit wins from 2001-09. The highlight of that
 period  came  during  the  2005  season, when  the  Longhorns  capped  a  13-0
 performance with a victory over USC in the BCS Championship Game.
 Brown  also  took the  Longhorns to the  national title game  in 2009, but the
 program  has  been in decline  since. Texas has gone  just 30-20 over the past
 four seasons and finished in the national rankings in just one of those years.
 Texas  lost two  of its first three  games of this season, but rebounded to go
 7-1 in Big 12 play prior to Saturday's 30-10 loss to league champion Baylor.
 Brown's  158  wins at Texas  are the  second-most in school history, surpassed
 only by Hall of Famer Darrell Royal's 167.
 12/10 18:46:04 ET

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