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Texas AD Steve Patterson deciding fate of Mack Brown

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - Veteran coach Mack Brown is out at the University of Texas, which will play the Oregon Ducks in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl at San Antonio.Various reports indicate that University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is on his way out, with speculation likely to end later this week.

The athletic director making the decisions at Texas, including the fate of Brown and who would be his successor, is Steve Patterson, former president and general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Patterson, 55, took over last month, replacing DeLoss Dodds, who retired after 32 years on the job. Patterson had been AD at Arizona State for about a year.

Patterson and Brown talked Monday night in New York City, site of the National Football Foundation dinner.

UT officials have said that no decision on Brown's future would be made until after a Regents meeting on Thursday. The Texas football team banquet is Friday night, and an announcement could come by then, sources said.

Assuming he stays on through the month, Brown's final game as Longhorns coach would be the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl against the Oregon Ducks. Kickoff at the Alamodome in San Antonio is 3:45 p.m. PT.

Brown, 62, coached Texas to an 8-4 record to earn a spot in the bowl game.

His record in 16 seasons in Austin is 158-47. That includes 10 bowl victories, six Big 12 South titles, three conference titles and the 2005 national championship.