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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

No Championship For the Texas Longhorns

The designation for a 2008 Big 12 championship, with an asterisk, is being taken down from the wall in Texas’ football meeting room. Initially reported Sunday after the Longhorns’ spring game, school officials said coach Mack Brown has ordered its removal.

But Brown’s assistant coaches will keep a combined $44,000 in bonus pay from the 2008 season, triggered by clauses in their contracts that called for the bonuses to be paid if the Longhorns won a Big 12 football championship.

In Tuesday’s editions of the Austin American-Statesman, school president William Powers, Jr. said it was “the right decision” to approve the bonus money for assistant coaches and support staff members — ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 per person — because the 12-1 team was denied the opportunity to play for a Big 12 title under league tiebreaking procedures rather than a lack of on-field success. Brown did not receive a bonus under the Big 12 championship clause in his contract.

Texas shared the South Division title with Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Under league tiebreakers, OU advanced and defeated Missouri, the North Division representative, to claim the 2008 title.


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