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Longhorns’ Brown mum on job speculation

– Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say Thursday whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation following another disappointing season that began with the Longhorns talking about becoming national championship contenders again.

“My situation has not changed,” Brown said.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since multiple published reports this week indicated that he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and university President Bill Powers about the job he has held since 1998.

Brown deflected several other questions about his future during a news conference in San Antonio about Texas’ bowl game against Oregon on Dec. 30.

“I want to sit down with (Patterson) and Bill in the near future and talk about where we’re going and where our program is going,” Brown said.

Winston headlines awards show

Jameis Winston walked away with another major award Thursday night, the latest national prize to put on his mantel. He might want to save a spot for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Saturday.

The Florida State star headlined a big night for the ACC, winning the Davey O’Brien Award as the country’s top quarterback at the annual College Football Awards Show at Disney in Orlando, Fla. Winston also won the Walter Camp player of the year award in a separate announcement.

“It feels good. It’s an honor just to be here,” Winston said. “I’m just glad to bring them back to Florida State.”

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won the Maxwell Award for player of the year, and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald took home two big prizes: the Chuck Bednarik Award for defensive player of the year and the Outland Trophy as most outstanding interior lineman.

Andre Williams of Boston College won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back.

Other award winners Thursday were Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard (Jim Thorpe Award for top defensive back), Oregon State junior receiver Brandin Cooks (Biletnikoff Award for best wide receiver), and Memphis senior Tom Hornsey (Ray Guy Award for top punter).

Winston wasn’t the only Florida State player to be honored. Seminoles freshman Roberto Aguayo won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best place kicker.

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