Dec. 29, 2004 wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Football coach Mack Brown and Texas agreed to a 10-year contract worth more than $25 million that would keep him at the university through 2014.


"We're excited about everything Mack has done in building our football program back into one of the nation's elite," athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Wednesday, three days before the sixth-ranked Longhorns face No. 13 Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

The deal needs approval from the school's board of regents, but Dodds said he thinks that won't be a problem.

The contract would boost Brown's $2.06 million annual salary by $100,000 in the first year, with additional $100,000 raises each year. He'd earn a little more than $3 million in 2014.

"We've had a great seven years, and I'm really excited about the future," Brown said. "There is no greater place to coach than the University of Texas."

Brown, already one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, has led Texas to four consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories and is 69-19 in Austin.

The Rose Bowl will be the first Bowl Championship Series appearance for the Longhorns (10-1).

The Associated Press News Service

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