by JOSH DAVIS/ WFAA Sports
University of Texas football coach Mack Brown will step down after 16 years, Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com reported Tuesday. However, the university denied that report to ESPN's Joe Schad.
The OrangeBloods report, which cites two unnamed "high-level sources," said Brown is expected to step down by the end of the week. The university told ESPN the board of regents is scheduled to meet Thursday.
OrangeBloods is a Rivals.com site covering UT football and Chip Brown has unearthed scoops about the program in the past. The university also denied the site's report regarding former athletic director DeLoss Dodds stepping down prior to their own announcement of the news earlier this fall.
The report comes after months of speculation about the long-time coach's future.
Brown has led the Longhorns to an 8-4 record this season and a berth in the Valero Alamo Bowl after disappointing out-of-conference losses to BYU and Ole Miss in September. The Longhorns had a chance to win the Big 12 and go to the Fiesta Bowl with a win in their season finale against Baylor, but the Bears prevailed 30-10 to win the conference and BCS bowl berth.
OrangeBloods.com reports Brown's final game will be the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30. It will be Texas' second straight Alamo Bowl.
Texas hired former Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson to the same position last month, adding to speculation the department may look to make a change in its football coach.
DeLoss Dodds, who stepped down as UT athletic director after 32 years in November, told Austin American-Statesman sports reporter Mark Rosner he was with Brown Monday night, and the head coach didn't tell him anything regarding his future with the school.
Bobby Burton, a reporter with Horns247 (a CBS Sports blog covering the team), said he talked to Brown via text Tuesday and the coach said he was "in Florida recruiting" and he has "not decided to step down." Horns247 also reported the Texas football staff has not been made aware of any such decision.
Joe Jamail, Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told The Associated Press on Tuesday: "Mack Brown has not resigned." He says Brown's future with Texas is still up to the coach.
Brown has led the University of Texas to nine consecutive 10-win seasons from 2001 to 2009, won a national championship in 2005, and played for another in 2009. He is the highest-paid state employee in the state of Texas.