Brown receives new contract and is named Robinson finalist

Trust me, it's been a good day to be Mack Brown.

The Texas coach picked up a couple of acknowledgements of his 13-0 season today.

His annual contract was bumped from $3 million to $5 million a year through the length of its terms in 2016 by the Texas board of regents.

Brown was scheduled to receive a one-time $2 million payment early next year. University system regents agreed to make that an annual payment for the rest of his contract.

Additionally, Brown will still keep picking up an annual $100,000 per year raise each year in his contract. And he'll pocket a $450,000 bonus if the Longhorns can upset Alabama in the Jan. 7 Citi Bowl Championship Series National Championship game.

And while not as financially beneficial, Brown also was named Wednesday by the Football Writers Association of America among the seven finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Finalists for the award include:

  • Texas coach Mack Brown

  • TCU coach Gary Patterson

  • Oregon coach Chip Kelly

  • Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson

  • Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban

  • Boise State coach Chris Petersen

The winner of the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be announced and honored at a reception on Jan. 5 in Newport Beach, Calif.