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Texas: Brown still on board

The athletic director denied a report that the embattled coach will step down soon.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end.

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

Joe Jamail, Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told the Associated Press on Tuesday: "Mack Brown has not resigned." He says Brown's future with Texas is still up to the coach., a Texas recruiting website, reported that Brown denied the report in a text from Florida, where he was recruiting.

Brown wrote to Horns247: "I have not decided to step down."

Texas (8-4) just completed another regular season that didn't meet expectations.

Pinstripe fever

Randy Levine knows a good deal when he sees one.

So it comes as no surprise that the New York Yankees president is thrilled that Notre Dame, which played in last season's BCS national title game, is a participant in this year's Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The No. 25 Irish (8-4) will meet Rutgers (6-6) in the fourth installment of this bowl on Dec. 28 in The Bronx.

"Notre Dame is Notre Dame," Levine said. . . . There's nothing you can say. It is a legendary football program. Rutgers is making their second appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl to add a little local flavor."

Lycoming senior shines

Lycoming College senior linebacker Kabongo Bukasa (Academy Park) has accepted an invitation to play in the Division III Senior Classic on Friday in Salem, Va.

A three-time all-Middle Atlantic Conference honoree, Bukasa finished the season with 52 tackles, making at least four stops in all nine games he played.

Nittany Lion honored

Penn State guard John Urschel, a graduate student from Williamsville, N.Y., was named winner of the William V. Campbell award given to the nation's top scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation. Urschel, who carries a 4.0 grade point average and is studying toward his second masters degree, was one of 16 finalists for the awards.

Pedal to the metal

Authorities have released video of South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney being ticketed, with troopers saying he drove 110 m.p.h. in a 70 m.p.h. zone.

Video obtained by the AP shows Clowney being pulled over around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on I-77 north of Columbia, S.C.

Clowney, a junior, is expected to enter the NFL draft at the end of the season.