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December 16, 2013

Texas coach Mack Brown steps down

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But even Brown's best years were peppered with some epic defeats, most notably against Oklahoma. While Brown dominated rival Texas A&M, the Sooners embarrassed Texas 63-14 in 2000 and 65-13 in 2003 and both losses came in a five-game losing streak at the Cotton Bowl.

Texas ended the losing skid in the 2005 national championship season and beat the Sooners four times in five years.

The Longhorns reached No. 1 during the 2008 season and the push to the 2009 national title game gave no indication of the big fall the program would take just a few months later. Texas plummeted to 5-7 in 2010 and two more embarrassing losses to Oklahoma, this time by scores of 55-17 and 63-21, came in 2011 and 2012.

Texas finished 9-4 with a bowl win in 2012 and appeared on the rebound back into the national elite, but by then influential Longhorns were already searching for his replacement.

Just a few days after Texas wrapped the 2012 season, former Texas regent Tom Hicks and current Regent Wallace Hall talked with Alabama coach Nick Saban's agent to gauge Saban's interest in coaching Texas, a meeting that was endorsed by the board chairman and its athletics liaison.

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