Texas Expected to Dismiss Brown; Saban-to-Horns Rumor Shot Down
As the clock neared midnight on Monday, Texas Coach Mack Brown sipped a drink at the Peacock Alley Restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria hotel lobby. He sat at a large table next to the Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson, the man essentially hired to replace Brown.
This week is the unofficial college football convention in New York for the National Football Foundation dinner, and everyone who walked through the dim lobby of the aging Waldorf couldn’t help notice Brown and Patterson, side by side. At the nearby bar, college sports officials sipped on $11 Amstel Lights and watched in disbelief. It appeared scripted, with the only thing missing a duet of Kumbaya.
If this is indeed the end for Mack Brown’s tenure at Texas, the Waldorf lobby offered a serene final scene to contrast the dysfunction that’s shrouded the University of Texas recently. Nothing to see here, with Brown flashing a smile and his perfectly coiffed white hair in place.
When news broke Tuesday about Brown potentially stepping down at Texas, what was left out of the discussion was whether Texas’ dysfunctional leaders would scare away big-time coaching candidates.