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Longhorn fans react to Mack Brown's resignation

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During the Longhorn's rocky run this season, head coach Mack Brown has been a talking point since game one, with many rooting for their guy, others just wanting him gone.

Well now he's gone or at least on his way out.

Michael Witt says he wasn't getting tired of Mack like many were.

"Absolutely not, absolutely not. I didn't really see anything that he had done wrong that was damaging to Texas football. I mean it's only all positive so...it was kind of a surprise when I started hearing the rumors that he might be leaving," Witt said.

Saurabh Shauhan and Shane Gordon are sophomores at UT. They see Brown as a "great" coach.

"I really feel it's a really big selfless thing for him to step down because he definitely didn't have to. But he just wants what's better for the program and hopefully we'll move in a better direction," Shauhan said.

"Stepping down in my opinion is just like...he's doing it at the right time for what he feels is best for the team," Gordon said.

At Mexican restaurant El Arroyo, they change up the marquee every day with something creative or funny but Sunday it read "Thanks for everything Mack. You are the best. Hook 'em Horns."

Manager Adam Brace says a group of employees come up with an idea every night for the sign. He calls Brown an "Austin Icon" and appreciates his legacy.

"When I started being a big time Longhorn fan is when he was head coach so...yeah for sure," Brace said.

Back across town at Cain and Abel's Bar and Grill next to campus, UT senior Chandler Abbott sat with his dad and looked to the future of Longhorn Football -- a future that he'll get to see.

"Well lucky for me, I 'have' to stay here an extra semester so I get to kind of see the beginning of this new football era," Chandler said.

Abbott calls Brown a "legend"...but he feels he stepped down at the right time.

"Texas is so traditional. And while it's great that we always hire within UT and Mack Brown has been a figurehead for the university, I think we need a new face and a new step for recruits to see that we're in the right direction for progressing towards the elite level that we once were at for college football," Abbott said.

On the My Fox Austin Facebook page we asked our viewers what they wanted to say to the soon-to-be ex-coach Mack.

Jim writes "Thanks for leading with style and class in a time when 'ugly' is the norm.

Keith wrote "Mr. Brown, all due respect. once you failed to take responsibility for the team's losses, you were no longer entitled to the title of 'coach.' At the end of the day you're responsible and I think you forgot about that by always putting Mack Brown first and not the players, team and school.

Carol wrote "Thank you for 16 awesome years! Whomever they get to replace you will have some big shoes to fill! Thanks for the memories Mack! Wish you only the best."

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