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Mack Brown will duck out after Alamo Bowl

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - Mack Brown will coach his final game for Texas in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl versus Oregon.The Alamo Bowl game against Oregon will be Mack Brown's last as Texas football coach.

The school announced Saturday that Brown won't be back for a 17th season with the Longhorns.

Sources said Brown, who will lead 8-4 Texas versus Oregon on Dec. 30 in San Antonio, has decided to resign.

In a statement, Brown said "it's been a wonderful ride."

"We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It's been a wonderful ride," Brown said. "Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love the University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can't thank (former Texas athletic director) DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and (school president) Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships.

"It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that's why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again."

New AD Steve Patterson, former Trail Blazers president and general manager, also released a statement.

"He is truly a college football legend," Patterson said. "I've had a number of talks with him recently, and he has always said he wanted what was best for the University of Texas. I know this decision weighed heavily on him, and today he told us he's ready to move forward."