Brown has sup­port of Pow­ers

UT pres­i­dent’s mes­sage leaves no doubt about Longhorns foot­ball coach’s job se­cu­rity.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Randy Riggs rriggs@states­man.com Mack Brown says play­ing 13th-rated Ore­gon State could be what the Horns need. Ore­gon State coach Mike Ri­ley guided the Beavers to a 9-3 reg­u­lar-sea­son record. Horns C

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Mack Brown’s an­nual trip to New York for the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame cer­e­mony in­cluded the chance to re­new ac­quain­tances with some of his Pac-12 coach­ing bud­dies. They all, he said, of­fered the Texas coach their con­do­lences.

The sym­pa­thy wasn’t for Texas’ four losses. It was for Texas’ 13th op­po­nent loom­ing on the sched­ule — Ore­gon State, in the Alamo Bowl.

“Ev­ery Pac-12 coach I saw said, ‘Sorry, you guys got the wrong pick,’” Brown said Thurs­day, as he and Beavers coach Mike Ri­ley par­tic­i­pated in an in­tro­duc­tory bowl press con­fer­ence. “I’d say, ‘Well, that’s great. That’s ex­cit­ing.’”

The au­di­ence at The Club at Son­terra chuck­led. Brown, how­ever, wasn’t en­tirely jok­ing.

To his way of think­ing, the 9-3 Beavers, 13th in the fi­nal BCS rank­ings, could be the tonic his Longhorns need af­ter they fal­tered at the end of what could have been a promis­ing reg­u­lar sea­son with losses to TCU and Kansas State to fin­ish with a pedes­trian 8-4

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