Mack Brown to be honored with lifetime achievement award

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Mack Brown speaks to media in December 2013 at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium about stepping down as the head coach of the Texas football team. Brown will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards on Jan. 13, 2016.

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Two years after stepping down as Texas head coach, Mack Brown will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards on Wednesday.

Brown is one of only a handful of coaches to lead two programs to top five finishes during his 30 years of head coaching.

Before coming to Texas, Brown spent time at Appalachian State, Oklahoma, Tulane and North Carolina. At North Carolina, he struggled with back-to-back 1-10 seasons before turning the Tar Heels around with two-straight 10-win seasons.

Brown saw immediate success when he came to Austin in 1998. The Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 South and won the Cotton Bowl in his first year, kicking off a decade of success for Texas. The Longhorns never finished lower than second in the Big 12 South for the next 11 years.

Brown reached the pinnacle of college football in 2005 when the Vince Young-led Longhorns defeated USC in the Rose Bowl to win the national championship. Texas nearly did it again four years later but fell to Alabama.

His last few years with Texas, however, were a struggle. The Longhorns were 30-21 in Brown’s last four seasons before he stepped down.

Brown now works as an analyst for ESPN.