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Mack is Back: Brown Returns to Public Spotlight

Updated: Thursday, April 24 2014, 10:55 PM CDT

The red carpet is a place known for its flash bulbs and microphones - two things Mack Brown has managed to avoid since resigning as UT head football coach in December. However, tonight at ACL Live - The Moody Theater for the Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala, in his first high-profile public appearance since leaving the Longhorns - we were introduced to a more mellow Mack.

"It's a high-stress job, so I'm sure it's been nice to take some time off," said former Longhorns wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who played for Brown from 2006 to 2009.

"He's always had that personality of being laid back with great charisma, he's just really showing it now," added former Longhorns defensive end Brian Orakpo.

His former players are used to making adjustments. But Mack's transition is bigger than merely learning a new offensive or defensive playbook.

"We had a wonderful 16 years," Brown told reporters in his first local TV interview since he resigned. "We had a lot of great memories, won a lot of football games, we are very proud of what we did. When you have change in your life, what you do is you take something that might be anxious to people and turn it into something exciting. So I'm really looking forward to the next phase of my life."

Even if he's no longer the head football coach at Texas and no longer wearing his "T" ring (a tradition instituted by Coach Darrell K Royal and carried on by Mack), the Brown name is still gold in Austin.

"Every day I see another example of the good work that he did for the University of Texas, for the athletic department, for football, for students," stated Doug English, a Texas defensive end from 1971 to 1974 and a National College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

"You come to the University of Texas, you're part of a family," added Matthew McConaughey, 2014 Academy Award winner and co-founder of the Mack, Jack & McConaughey cause. "So a lot of the players feel like they're a part of a family and that's a cool thing. Mack nurtured that when he was here."

Several of the silent auction items at Thursday's gala were from UT's 2005 national championship. McConaughey was in the locker room after Texas beat USC and Mack asked Matt if the BCS title was better than winning an Oscar: something McConaughey hadn't done until last month.

"Matthew said 'Hell no, the national championship is a lot better!'," Mack recalled.

"And I didn't have one then did I?," McConaughey pointed out.

Just another example of how things have changed the past few months.

by Adam Winkler

Mack is Back: Brown Returns to Public Spotlight


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Scores & Schedules

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

SPRING TRAINING

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh 18, Philadelphia 4

St. Louis 6, Washington 2

Atlanta 4, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 6, tie, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1

Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

San Diego 6, Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 11, Colorado 2

Kansas City 11, Texas 7

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 2

Toronto 7, Houston 4

Boston 14, Minnesota 2

Tuesday's Games

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Tuesday's Games

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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