UT AD: Brown’s successor needed by mid-January

UT AD: Brown’s successor needed by mid-January

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AUSTIN, TX - DECEMBER 15: University of Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson answers questions regarding the resignation of football coach Mack Brown on December 15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Moments earlier, Brown announced he will step down as coach after the Valero Alamo Bowl game against Oregon on December 30. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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The Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New Texas athletic director says Steve Patterson says he expects a successor to Mack Brown will be found in the next two weeks.

Patterson said before kickoff at the Alamo Bowl on Monday night that he believes Texas needs a new coach by Jan. 15. That’s the end of the so-called “dead period” in the NCAA that prohibits coaches from in-person contact with recruits during bowl season.

Patterson said coaches “are certainly expressing their interest” in the job but wouldn’t discuss any potential candidates.

The Alamo Bowl is Brown’s final game at Texas after 16 years. He’s resigning after a rocky final season in which Texas lost at least four games for the fourth consecutive year.

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