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Report: Former Texas coach Mack Brown not pursing future football game in Dubai

It looks like Texas fans can stop worrying about watching the Horns play in one of the world's biggest playgrounds.

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What's the nature of former Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown's football-related business in Dubai?

A report now suggests that Brown isn't in the Middle East for the purposes of exploring the possibility of playing a football game there:

The Austin American-Statesman confirmed a previous report that Brown was there on football-related business after Brown posted multiple pictures in Dubai, but stopped short of mentioning any discussions about playing a game there.

Brown arrived on Monday with former Longhorns David Thomas and Ricky Brown, the latter of whom now works for the Longhorn Foundation. Also on the trip with Brown and his wife, Sally, is athletics director Steve Patterson's wife, who speaks Arabic.

Given the difficulties of scheduling a game so far away with no especially appealing venues, the trip certainly looked like an attempt to tap into the deep pockets of Texas alumni in the lucrative Middle Eastern oil business.

The photographic evidence and message board buzz supports the fundraising intents of the trip, as Brown posted several pictures with prominent members of the oil and gas industry:

So there's definite confirmation of Brown's fundraising efforts as talk of playing a game in Dubai dies down, which should help placate a fan base ready to criticize Patterson at any turn for his international aspirations.