The Mac(k) off is off

The Mack Brown saga is over.

There will be a “Return of the Mac,” but it will be Mac — as in Dan McCarney — who will be back next season when UNT takes on Texas in Austin in the season-opener for both teams.

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News has the news (above) on the first step of the changing of the guard in Austin.

Here is the official statement from Texas:

“Sally and I were brought to Texas 16 years ago to pull together a football program that was divided. With a lot of passion, hard work and determination from the kids, coaches and staff, we did that. We built a strong football family, reached great heights and accomplished a lot, and for that, I thank everyone. It’s been a wonderful ride. Now, the program is again being pulled in different directions, and I think the time is right for a change. I love The University of Texas, all of its supporters, the great fans and everyone that played and coached here. I can’t thank DeLoss Dodds enough for bringing our family here, and Bill Powers and the administration for supporting us at a place where I have made lifelong friendships. It is the best coaching job and the premier football program in America. I sincerely want it to get back to the top and that’s why I am stepping down after the bowl game. I hope with some new energy, we can get this thing rolling again.”

What makes this interesting from the UNT end of it is that the Mean Green will be in the spotlight next year when a new Texas coach makes his debut, and it won’t be Nick Saban. He re-upped at Alabama.

The immediate thought among UNT fans is that the departure of Brown should give the Mean Green a better chance to win. That’s true, but don’t forget, a lot of the players who make UNT what it is this year — Brelan Chancellor, Zach Orr, Derek Thompson, et cetera — are departing stage left.

UNT’s Mac believes he has the Mean Green built to last.

The Mean Green will get a chance to show that this season is a sign of what is to come instead of a blip on the radar in 2014.

UNT’s opening game against Texas will be just one step in the process.

That step just became a whole heck of a lot more interesting.

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