Mack Brown was prepared to coach the Texas Longhorns in 2014 until school president Bill Powers unexpectedly pulled his support, according to a report by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
Brown reportedly was told by Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson he could return for his 17th season prior to the team's Dec. 13 banquet. But the next day, Patterson reportedly was instructed by Powers to inform Brown that he had to resign.
The report suggests that Powers -- who narrowly survived a vote to oust him earlier that week -- was informed that some university regents would change their votes if Brown was allowed to return following a third straight disappointing season.
So what changed? The source speculated, "Some of the Regents called and said, 'If you don't change coaches, we're changing our votes on you.' "
That falls in line with what Orangebloods.com reported earlier in the week: Booster pressure on Powers forced him to relinquish his support of Brown. Literally overnight, the coach lost his biggest ally and lost his job.
Powers and Brown still had not talked as of late last week.
"Mack doesn't feel betrayed," the source said. "But I think [Powers] should have done it himself."
A Texas athletic spokesman declined further comment to the statements released on Dec. 14.
The Dallas Morning News reported on Brown's state of mind since his reported ouster.
While not fully confirming the Yahoo account, two sources familiar with Brown’s thinking described him as “disillusioned” and “blindsided” by his departure after 16 seasons. Brown’s final game will come Dec. 30 against Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl.The university will continue to pay Brown up to $500,000 as a special consultant to Powers through 2020.