Mack: Contract Gives Stability To Take 'Next Step'

CARSON, Calif. -- Texas coach Mack Brown said Thursday that his new 10-year contract, worth about $25 million, is "unprecedented" but that it allows for long-term stability for the Longhorn football program.

"It's unprecedented in modern-day football for an administration to step up and want to keep a coach for that long," Brown said following his team's final workout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. "I'm really proud of what we've accomplished and proud that they're excited about what we've accomplished."

The new deal increases Brown's salary to $2,159,000 in 2005 and carries his current contract through the 2014 season. Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds announced the contract extension on Wednesday.

"DeLoss came to me and said he likes what we're doing, he'd like for me to stay and he'd like to offer the contract," Brown said. "I said 'Thank you' and he released (the information) when he wanted to. In fact, I didn't even know it was going to be released. I haven't told the team yet so some of them are probably going to be mad. I'll have to go over it with them this afternoon."

The press on hand at the Rose Bowl Media Day were all too happy to brief some of the Longhorns about Brown's extension.

"I wish I was in his shoes," QB Vince Young said. "I think it's great (considering) how much he loves the game and how much he loves Texas, and how much he wants to stay here and coach, and see young men growing into men. He's doing a great job of coaching us and leading us in the right direction."

Texas' 42-8 record during the last four seasons is the fourth-best nationally during that span, trailing only Oklahoma, Boise State and Miami. Yet, it continues to be pointed out that Brown has yet to win a conference championship during 21 years of head coaching.

"We obviously haven't got done everything we want to do," Brown said, "but this gives us the stability for the future to take the next step."

The University has recommended the contract to its Board of Regents. Under the recommended agreement, Brown will receive a minimum $100,000 per year raise.

"I still can't imagine ($25 million)," Brown said. "(My wife) Sally handles the money. I don't get to see it. But I do think that when you start coaching, you do it for the young people. You love to coach. When you're making a lot of money in the business, it helps you obviously but it's not the reason you coach. This week is more of the reason you coach. When (ABC broadcaster) Keith Jackson speaks to your team at the end of practice and says, 'I've been calling college football games for 52 years' and these guys have seen him at every (practice), it's an exciting week for them and a lot of fun."

Brown is obviously aware that a ten-year contract does not guarantee he will still be Austin one decade from now.

"The thing they say in Texas is if you get a ten-year contract, if you lose the game they kill you," Brown said.

The Horns take on Michigan in the Rose Bowl Saturday at 3:30 (CST).


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