Texas coach Mack Brown backed by school president

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University of Texas president Bill Powers gave coach Mack Brown his “full support” on Thursday, saying Brown will remain the Longhorns head coach after an 8-4 regular season and missing a BCS bowl for the third consecutive year.

Writing on his university blog, Powers cited an “increase in media speculation” about Brown’s future.

“I’d like to state unequivocally that coach Brown has my full support as well as the support of Men’s Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. Put succinctly, Mack Brown is and will remain the Longhorns’ head football coach,” Powers wrote.

LOUISVILLE: Now that Cardinals know coach Charlie Strong is staying, athletic director Tom Jurich said they will begin re-negotiating the seven-year contract Strong received last year that currently pays him $2.3 million per season.

Strong’s name had surfaced for openings at Tennessee and Auburn in the past week. Sources said Tennessee’s offer was worth $3.5 million annually.

Jurich said Strong didn’t use an offer from Tennessee as leverage for a new deal.

Nonetheless, Jurich wants to work out a deal that will keep Strong at Louisville eight more years beyond this season and increase the salary of his assistant coaches.

AUBURN: Hired former Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator.

Johnson was fired after Southern Miss went 0-12 in his lone season, but has an impressive track record running SEC defenses, including South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi State, and at Clemson.

PITTSBURGH: Coach Paul Chryst says the talk about him going to Wisconsin didn’t last long enough to be a distraction.

Chryst said he is committed to the Panthers, who play Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5.

The former Badgers offensive coordinator was considered a favorite to replace Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas.

COLORADO: A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Cincinnati coach Butch Jones rejected an offer to become the Buffaloes’ next coach.

CALIFORNIA: Hired Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes in hopes that the offensive mastermind can revive a program that struggled in recent years under the fired Jeff Tedford.


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