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Officials must approve Texas coach's deal

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.

"He's a perfect fit for us," Dodds said.

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

Brown's old pact runs through 2011, Dodds said. The new 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 straight seasons with at least 10 victories and is 69-19 in Austin.

He has never won a conference title in 21 seasons as a head coach. He has won two Big 12 South conference titles (1999 and 2001) but lost both conference championship games.

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

Dodds said he saw no reason to wait until after the season to draw up a new contract for Brown.

"Winning and losing is real important. It's important to me, it's important to Mack, it's important to the kids," Dodds said. "This is about the long haul."