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It was first reported Tuesday, and the only thing that's changed since then is Mack Brown's denial.

Now he is officially out as the Longhorns' head coach after 16 years.

Brown made the announcement Saturday evening, saying he wants the program to get back on top, and he hopes with new energy it can get rolling again.

Brown also said the program being pulled in different directions and it's time for a change.

Meanwhile, Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com who was first to report the resignation story on Tuesday says according to some Texas boosters, Mack Brown and university president Bill Powers conspired to delay the resignation announcement to block a chance at hiring Alabama coach Nick Saban.

'Mack Brown and Bill Powers purposely created the aura that Mack Brown was going to be able to fight for his job and keep his job to send the signal to Saban's camp that he wasn't welcome,' Chip Brown told News 8. 'And it worked. Texas fans now have no idea who their next coach is, and I'm trying to figure that out myself.'

Now the race is on to find a new coach. You can start by looking at the national title game.

Expect Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Auburn's Gus Malzahn to be targeted along with Stanford's David Shaw.

E-mail jtrahan@wfaa.com

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