Mack Brown, the head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, has a good contract going for him right now: it pays him $5.2 million a year, with $100,000 annual raises, through 2016. It doesn't get much better than that. But, according to the Houston Chronicle, that's not secure enough... for the Texas administration. Seriously:
UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Monday the Longhorns are discussing an extension to coach Mack Brown's current contract ... Dodds said he would like the extension to be for at least another two years.
Brown is 60 years old, so the extension, if he signs it and is approved by the UT Board of Regents, would take him until he's 67. The reason for the extension, other than the obvious — Brown's the best coach Texas has ever had, a national title winner, and routinely brings in the best recruits in a talent-rich state — is to address swirling rumors that Brown was leaning toward retirement, which Brown himself denied. From the same story:
"The rumors have all been wrong, and this is just a way of addressing that," Dodds said. "And it's treating a coach the way he should be treated."
If there's a more Texas way to address rumors than throwing another $11 million or so at a football coach, I don't know of it.
For more on Brown and the Longhorns, visit Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation.