by Tom Fornelli cbssportsline.com
The Mack Brown saga at Texas has taken another unexpected return as the school announced on Saturday night that Mack Brown is resigning from his position as head coach.
"Sally [Brown, his wife] and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided," said Brown in the official release. "With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. 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. 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 DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and 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."
Brown will coach Texas in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon.
During his 16 seasons Brown's Texas teams went 158-47 and won a national title in 2005, but it's his record of 30-20 in the last four seasons -- including a record of 18-17 in the Big 12 -- that did him in at the end.
As for who would replace Brown in Austin, well, Nick Saban just agreed to a contract extension at Alabama on Friday night, so you have to think he's out of the discussion. Of course, while it probably won't be Saban there will be no shortage of coaches interested in the job, and Texas has the money to go after whoever it wants.
It's been a pretty quiet December on the coaching carousel, but with the Texas job coming open that will change quickly as dominoes begin falling across the country.