The Mack Brown era won't officially come to a close for the Texas Longhorns until the Alamo Bowl against the Oregon Ducks, but the news of Brown's resignation on Saturday evening provided the final timestamp on his 16-year career at Texas.
On Sunday at 1 p.m. CT, Brown will address the media for the first time since his Thursday morning Alamo Bowl press conference to discuss his decision to step away. It will air on the Longhorn Network and TexasSports.com will also stream it online.
Even though Brown is stepping down as the head coach, the early indications are that he will still remain a part of the program -- president Bill Powers indicated in his Saturday statement that he was looking forward to working with Brown in a new capacity and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman revealed that evening that the second-best coach in Texas history will remain a part of the program as a special advisor to Powers through 2020, according to Brown's attorney, Joe Jamail.
The salary for that position is expected to be $500k per year, also according to Bohls -- Brown will receive handsome compensation through the remainder of his contract and have to chance to do what he does best in representing and selling the university in a position that should help smooth the transition for the next coach with Texas high school football coaches and donors.
It's the reward for Brown's immensely successful tenure and for making a relatively timely decision that didn't force the powers aligned against him to go all out in their efforts for his removal.
And there were certainly powerful forces aligned against Brown, as the whole Nick Saban saga clearly illustrated, and to which Brown alluded in his resignation statement, saying, "Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change."
In fact, besides his desire to get the program back to the top and get some new energy infused into Texas football, the comment about unaligned forces was the only real reason that Brown provided for his resignation, a telling comment indeed.
However, even with the report from Orangebloods about his future and all the questions on the lips of reporters at the Alamo Bowl press conference, Brown still managed to own the room to the extent that Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich interrupted him at one point to note how good Brown is in those situations, so whatever personal feelings Brown may have about end of his tenure in Austin, it should hardly come as a surprise if Brown hits all the right notes on the way out in his resignation press conference.