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UT president offers support for Mack Brown

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Responding to criticism of Longhorn Coach Mack Brown after a disappointing season UT President Bill Powers offered his support to Brown via a post on his blog.

Powers posted a blog entry entitled "Coach Brown has my full support" Powers stated that Brown would remain the head football coach of the Texas Longhorns.

"I'd like to state unequivocally that Coach Brown has my full support as well as the support of Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds," Powers wrote in his blog. "Put it succinctly, Mack Brown is and will remain the Longhorns' head football coach."

Powers said he felt the need to address the issue due to an increase in media speculation about Brown's job security.

The Longhorns finished the season 8-4 and earned a berth in the Alamo Bowl where they will face Oregon State on December 29. However, many fans have been disappointed in a season that included a 63-21 blowout loss to rival Oklahoma as well a disappointing two game losing streak at the end of the season that killed a chance to win the Big 12 title.

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"I look forward to watching this young team win the Alamo Bowl and continue to grow in seasons to come," Powers optimistically predicted at the end of the post.

Brown was in San Antonio at a press conference for the Alamo Bowl along with Oregon State's head coach Mike Riley. During the conference Brown also addressed the state of the team and its future.

I really believe we're headed in the right way, in the right direction," Brown said. "This will be a fun challenge for us with Oregon State coming in. Just about everybody's back. We'll have some older guys on the team for the first time with only three seniors starting right now. 

"The future looks very, very bright. Football coaches don't look back. You don't want to sit back and talk about all the things that you didn't get accomplished. I'm fortunate to be at a place where the standards are very high and we're going to fight to make sure we get back to those standards."

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