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Your Sports Now: Mack Still Head Coach at Texas, Volleyball Moves on in NCAA Tournament

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Depending on who and what you want to believe over the last week, Mack Brown is staying, Mack Brown is going, Nick Saban is coming, Nick Saban has a house in Austin, Nick Saban would never come, but at this point we're going to stick to reporting what we believe happened on Friday.

We know Mack Brown began his day recruiting in Houston. He then returned to Austin. There were reports that he met with President Bill Powers, and athletics director Steve Patterson, where it is believed Brown expressed his desire to stay. That brings us to Friday's football banquet, where all of the involved parties were present. Steve Patterson spoke to reporters off camera, and said "when we have something to say, we'll say it".

When he and Bill Powers did speak, they both sang Mack's praises:

"I want to say how excited I am to work with Mack Brown," Patterson said, "somebody as classy, as ethical, as confident as he is for sixteen great years here. Many great seasons, and hopefully we get together to be able to work for many years to come."

Powers followed up later, saying, "Mack and Sally, I'm so proud of you... You two are the very best and I'm proud to be your friend."

Mack was the closing speaker at the banquet, focusing on the team, and the seniors and the only remaining game of the season, the Alamo Bowl, but he did address Steve Patterson with positive projections of the future.

"We hit a home run, knocked it out of the park with you guys. You've got big shoes to fill but DeLoss and Bill are going to help," Mack said to Powers from the podium Friday. "Welcome back and welcome home. I look forward to continuing to work with you guys," Brown said.

While the football team ate and celebrated their season and their coach, the Texas volleyball team conquered another round of the NCAA tournament. Meaning they'll move on to face the dreaded and talented Nebraska Cornhuskers.

We break down the Horns win over American, talk a little Lake Travis football, as they stand as the only remaining Cen-Tex team in the state playoffs, and introduce you to a relentless local runner who has quite the record going in Austin half-marathons. All that and more in Friday's episode of Your Sports Now.

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