Mack Brown Set to Join ESPN as a College Football Analyst

Orange County News - January 04, 2010

Mack Brown may no longer be on the sidelines of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still a part of college football.

Chip Brown, radio sports analyst and writer for, first broke the news in June that Mack has signed a deal with ESPN to be a college football studio analyst, but the rumor went unconfirmed by both Brown and the university. Now, however,’s Gil Brandt has confirmed via Twitter that Brown himself has said he and longtime ESPN host John Saunders will be a part of the network’s college football coverage this fall on ABC.

Brown, who turns 63 in August, coached the Longhorns for 16 seasons, from 1998 through last season. As the Longhorns’ coach, he held a 158-45 record, with 15 bowl wins, two Big 12 titles, and one BCS National Championship. With his candid personality, media savvy, and deep knowledge of the game both on and off the field, Brown has long been thought to end up as a television analyst following his coaching career, which seems to be all but over.

There was speculation that Brown could step in for former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach-slash-tongue-twisting analyst Lou Holtz, who—despite ESPN’s denials—announced his plan to retire after the upcoming 2014 season, but those rumors seem to be quashed in light of Brandt’s tweet, as Brown’s position with the network will be different from Holtz’s.

Hopefully with Mack in the studio, we’ll be gifted with more videos like this one. Texas style, baby!

Photo by MICHAEL GOULDING,THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (Credit Image: © The Orange County Register/


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