Today via Twitter, former Washburn Review writer/Washburn University wide receiver Jake Lebahn, sparked controversy when he announced that longtime University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown will retire this weekend. Lebahn is currently a sports talk show host and sideline reporter for Washburn football games with WIBW 580 .
“According to a source Texas Longhorn head coach Mack Brown will retire this Saturday after the game against Baylor,” said Lebahn via Twitter.
Within an hour, Mack Brown was a top trending topic in the United States. Lebahn later posted a follow up tweet, saying “My source is in the coaching world in regards to mack brown. Will have to wait and see if he is right.”
About an hour earlier, Lebahn sent a tweet to Chip Brown from Orangebloods.com, a famously spilled the beans last summer about Nebraska heading to the Big Ten. The tweet said “@ChipBrownOB i have a question regarding mack brown and his future. DM me so i can ask you if what i have heard is true.”
Chip Brown hasn’t publicly made any statement via Twitter to back up Lebahn’s statements, though on Nov. 27 he responded to another Twitter user who asked if there was any truth to rumors that University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban would become the Texas head coach and Mack Brown would become athletic director, saying “No truth at all.”
Dallas sports talk show host Shan Shariff posted at 3:30 p.m. “Just spoke with someone in the Longhorn football offices. He hadn’t heard ANYTHING about Mack Brown stepping down” and later asked Lebahn if he had a few minutes to discuss the report on air.
Lebahn graduated from Washburn in 2008 with a BA in mass media.
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. CT
Chip Brown’s silence has been broken concerning Mack Brown’s retirement.
Just before 4 p.m., Chip Brown tweeted that UT officials told Orangebloods.com that the tweet “Doesn’t warrant a response from us.” At 4 p.m., he posted a second tweet, “I’m told Mack Brown doesn’t plan to retire any time soon.”