Brown's latest raise and extension stem largely from the program's success since that loss to the Ducks in San Diego. The Horns have won 10-plus games in each of the last four seasons (only Oklahoma has equaled that feat) and own a 42-8 record in that span. Among BCS conference teams, only OU (47-6) and Miami (44-5) have posted a better record. And Saturday's appearance in the Rose Bowl will mark UT's first, long-coveted BCS bowl appearance. (The other side of that coin: The Sooners are responsible for four of UT's eight losses, as OU is on a five-game winning-streak in the series. And the Horns have no championship hardware to show for all those wins while Oklahoma next week will play in the national title game for the third time in five years.)
"Mack is accomplishing things in our football program that we havent done here in decades," Dodds said in a statement released through the school's media relations department. "The level of achievement we have had on a yearly basis is extraordinary, and hes doing it with great integrity and class. He has built a model program, both on and off the field, thats getting better each and every year. He has tremendous concern for his students-athletes and their futures. His players are consistently showing progress towards their degrees while achieving excellence on the field, both of which we are equally as proud of."
"Weve had a great seven years and Im really excited about the future," Brown said. "There is no greater place to coach than The University of Texas. This University has made a strong commitment towards its football program, and Sally and I are happy to continue to be a part of that.
"Having said that, this week is about the players and all that theyve accomplished and not about me. Theyre having a great time and I couldnt be happier for them."
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