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UT Coach Mack Brown Still Passionate
September 11, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

This hasn’t been a great week for Texas coach Mack Brown. His team suffered an embarrassing loss at BYU, allowing a school-record 550 yards rushing. That led him to fire defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and bring in Greg Robinson has a replacement.

UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the Austin American-Statesman that Brown has his full support. And Wednesday Brown made it clear that he’s not interested in an early retirement.

"I'm loving coaching. I'm passionate about getting us back to where we want to be," he said. "I've got the two best bosses in the world (Dodds and UT president William Powers).  They understand. They've put me in a position to run it. They want me to do it, and I'm responsible for it.

"I don't have knee-jerk bosses. They get it."

With Texas A&M facing a mega showdown with Alabama Saturday and the Longhorns taking on Ole Miss, there’s an interesting juxtaposition of the two former rivals. Saturday night, Aggies defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. Tweeted: “Texas A&M is the university of Texas.”

Brown was asked about that challenging statement and fired back.

"We are the university of Texas in this state and will be, regardless of what some (Texas A&M) kid tweets."

As the kids like to say these days, it was a “drop the mic” moment.

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