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Mack Brown briefly addressed his status as the head coach at Texas while speaking the media during the Alamo Bowl news conference on Thursday.

Brown denied a report Tuesday that he is stepping down as the Longhorns' coach and reaffirmed that stance on Thursday.

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"My situation has not changed," Brown said. "I've got the best president in the country in Bill Powers. What we did lose was an iconic athletic director (DeLoss Dodds). We've hired what I think is a great athletic director in Steve Patterson. Any time we have AD changes, it changes the game.

"I need to sit down with him and Bill in the near future to figure out where the program's going, all get on the same page and move forward."

Brown dodged reporters' questions regarding his job status on several occasions throughout the news conference, which was set up to kick off preparations for the Dec. 30 bowl in San Antonio.

"There's been a little speculation about my job situation," Brown said at the start of the news conference. "I told told (Oregon coach) Mark Helfrich with respect to the bowl game we'll address it briefly. We're not here to talk about me. That would be wrong."

When asked about his message to players as the job status questions hover, Brown quipped: "Beat Oregon. "Our program is about keeping the distractions out of the way. It's about the University of Texas playing against Oregon."

A person with knowledge of the situation refuted the report of Brown's imminent resignation as well as the report of the meeting, telling USA TODAY Sports that Brown hasn't had a meeting about his status and hasn't told anyone he is stepping down. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Patterson said Tuesday in a statement, "We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football. Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made."

Brown has a 158-47 record at Texas, which has included 11 victories in 15 bowl appearances and the 2005 BCS Championship. Before taking over in Austin in 1998, Brown coached North Carolina to six bowl games.

After losses in two of the Longhorns' first three games this season, Brown led Texas to wins in seven of its last nine games. The Longhorns are scheduled to play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30.

Contributing: George Schroeder.

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