SMU and former Texas coach Mack Brown have reportedly had preliminary discussions about him becoming the school’s next head coach, but the SMU athletic director denies this.
The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that SMU and Brown had preliminary discussions about him becoming the Mustangs next head coach. According to the report, SMU had floated an offer where Brown could make $4 million per season for eight years.
"While it is not our policy to comment during a search process, the attention a recent report has attracted dictates it be addressed. While we have a great deal of respect for Mack Brown, no one associated with our search has contacted him or his representatives. To that end, there has been no offer or discussion of compensation with any potential candidates."
Last December, Brown, 63, resigned after 16 years at Texas before the Longhorns played Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. He had guided Texas to 15 bowl appearances, four BCS games and one BCS Championship—a 41-38 victory over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. During his final four seasons with the Longhorns, they had a 30-20 overall record and 18-17 mark in the Big 12 Conference.
Brown compiled a career 244–122–1 record in 29 seasons at Texas, Tulane and North Carolina.
Brown was hired in July as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC and replaced at Texas by Charlie Strong. He has said that he won't consider his coaching future until after this season is over.
SMU is looking to replace June Jones, who quit in September only two games into his seventh year at the school where he had a 36-43 record during his tenure. Defensive coordinator Tom Mason is in charge of the program for the rest of the season.
This season, SMU (0-6, 0-2 AAC) is one of the worst teams in college football, ranking last in the nation in team passing efficiency, scoring offense, total defense, scoring defense and turnover margin.
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