A Pre-Bowl Raise, Extension For Brown

Texas AD DeLoss Dodds announced Wednesday that, under an agreement recommended by The University to its Board of Regents, Mack Brown will receive a new 10-year contract which increases his salary to $2,159,000 in 2005, replaces his current contract and carries through the 2014 season, and includes a minimum $100,000 per year raise for the life of the contract.

If this seems like deja vu all over again, it is. In 2000, after the Horns ran the regular season table following a loss to Oklahoma, Brown received a 400K bump (from a $1 mil base to $1.4 mil) before the Horns squared off in a Southern California bowl game. That year, Texas lost 35-30 to Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. This season, UT faces Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

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 haven’t 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 he’s doing it with great integrity and class. He has built a model program, both on and off the field, that’s 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."

"We’ve had a great seven years and I’m 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 they’ve accomplished and not about me. They’re having a great time and I couldn’t be happier for them."

[Note: Commentary to come in this week's Inside Scoop...]


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