You know you've had a good run at U.T. when the Austin Mayor proclaims a day in your honor.
Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 30 as "Mack and Sally Brown Day" in Austin.
Leffingwell honored the former U.T. football coach and his wife Sally for years of service to the university and to Austin.
When you've coached U.T. football for 16 years, won a ton of games including a National Title, your own day in Austin seems only fitting.
"When the mayor and Mr. President, and Mr. Senator called us, we said this is too cool. So it's really nice," Brown said.
The proclamation of Mack and Sally Brown Day at Austin City Hall was the first public appearance for now former Texas Coach Mack Brown since the Alamo Bowl exactly one month ago. The mood was much lighter than that night against Oregon.
"The first day we hadn't had something to do for 42 years, I said 'sweetie, I need some help on the computer', and she said 'hey, for the last 30 years you've had 20 people waiting on your every little move, and they've done everything you've wanted them to do. I'm not it" "When we look at 16 years of wonderful memories and tremendous friends, it's been a great ride," Brown said.
"To many of us, you're a role model for how you can do what is right and be extremely successful," Senator Kirk Watson said.
On his way out, Coach Brown signed a few autographs. He did not speak with the media, but in his remarks during the proclamations, he remembered a story from all the way back in 1998, his first year, when Texas football's expectations weren't nearly as great as the ones he eventually created.
"He was the mayor in 1998, we won nine games and he gave us a parade. So, I don't know what happened since then," Brown said.
"Thank you both very much for all you've done for the city of Austin. Don't forget, they eyes of Texas are always upon you," Leffingwell said.