Reports: Texas looking to re-do Brown's contract
Posted: Tuesday December 29, 1998 01:49 PM
AUSTIN (AP) - The University of Texas is doing everything it can to make sure Mack Brown is here to stay.
The school is working on a contract extension that will keep Brown coaching football at Texas for the next 10 years and raise his annual salary by $100,000 to $850,000, the Austin American-Statesman and The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.
Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds told the Austin paper he is briefing members of the school's Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men and already has gotten oral approval from President Larry Faulkner on the new contract. The measure is expected to be approved by the UT System Board of Regents without delay.
"We've had a great season, and this is the right time to do this," Dodds told the Austin newspaper. "I thought we ought to make a statement."
Dodds did not return phone calls Tuesday from The Associated Press.
If approved, the terms of the extension would take effect Friday, the American-Statesman reported.
Brown originally had a seven-year deal: a five-year package with two years as part of a rolllover clause. Under his new contract, Brown will keep the base contract of five years but his rollover would be extended to five years.
Dodds said that a buyout of Brown's contract would cost Texas $1 million at most because it would be obligated to pay only the base annual salary of $200,000 over a five-year maximum.
Brown did not comment on the new contract. But he told the Austin paper he wasn't interested in moving to the National Football League, which now has seven vacant head coaching positions. Brown had been mentioned as a candidate for the Cleveland Browns' coaching position.
"I'm happy here, and I'm not going anywhere," Brown said. "We feel good about what we have going here."
Texas also will raise the salaries of offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Carl Reese by $35,000 apiece to put them at $150,000. Seven assistant football coaches will get $15,000 increases, as will assistant athletic directors Cleve Bryant and Jeff Madden.
Dodds said Texas wanted to reward Brown and his staff for the Longhorns' Cotton Bowl berth and 8-3 season that included three home sellouts and a Heisman Trophy for running back Ricky Williams.
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