One of the greatest coaches in Texas football history will now officially go down as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.
On Monday morning, it was announced that former Longhorns head coach Mack Brown was elected into the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class.
“As a lifelong fan of college football and having attended the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame event so many times over the years, this is an honor I could never have imagined and absolutely a dream come true,” said Brown, via 247Sports.
“It’s very difficult to put into words what it means to me and my family,” Brown added. “When Steve Hatchell gave me the news, so many wonderful memories flashed through my head going all the way back to my Granddad and Dad introducing me to the sport I would fall in love with decades ago. To have been blessed to play the game for many years, then continue as a coach for 40 years, I was so fortunate to work with thousands of unbelievable student-athletes and amazing staff members. It was absolutely a labor of love. Now to be able to represent so many tremendous people as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame is a tribute to a lot of great teamwork. In 30 years as a head coach, everything we were able to accomplish as a program was because of everyone involved and all of their hard work, passion and determination. I’ll humbly and proudly accept this for all of us. It’s truly a special honor and one that my family and I will forever cherish.”
The 66-year-old Brown spent 16 seasons at Texas, where he become the second-winningest coach in Longhorns history with a record of 158-48, trailing only Darrell K. Royal’s 167 career victories. Brown now becomes the third Longhorns coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Royal (1957-76) and D.X. Bible (1937-1946).
Among Brown’s 158 wins at Texas were two Big 12 championships and the 2006 Rose Bowl National Championship, which brought Texas its fourth title overall and first since 1970. That 41-38 victory over powerhouse USC is largely referred to as the greatest game in college football history.
Brown’s tenure at Texas ended following the 2013 season, and paired with his time at Appalachian State, Tulane and North Carolina, Brown’s 244 career wins goes down as the 10th most in NCAA history.
The official induction will take place at the annual National Football Foundation dinner in New York on Dec. 4.