UNC announces Mack Brown’s return as head football coach

UNC reportedly hiring back Mack Brown

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Brown agreed to terms to become the next head coach at North Carolina, a source told ESPN on Monday night, but his return was pending approval by the university's board.

Brown coached at UNC from 1988-1997 and had a record of 69-46-1 during that time. Unlike Webber's, Brown's story is most positive and exalts him as a hero who can reverse the football fortunes of a school that has been among the nation's top major college powers during different time spans. Brown, who won a national championship with the Longhorns during the 2005 season, has not coached since his final season in Austin in 2013.

"We are excited about his plans for our football program, and I am thrilled to welcome Coach Brown and wife Sally back to Chapel Hill".

Update (Nov. 26, 8:37 a.m.): It appears Mack Brown will indeed replace Larry Fedora at North Carolina.

He started 1-10 in each of his first two seasons, but steadily built up the program through strong recruiting, particularly with instate prospects. Brown, 67, is two years older than new Kansas coach Les Miles but nonetheless going to be tasked with the same kind of challenge.

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"But North Carolina is very fortunate". Brown also directed Texas to two Big 12 titles and he led the Longhorns to six Big South divisional titles as well as nine straight 10-win seasons.

Brown, 67, will be introduced as early as Tuesday as the replacement for Larry Fedora, who was sacked shortly after the Tar Heels finished the 2018 season at 2-9 (1-7 in the ACC). He has worked for ESPN and ABC sports for the last several years since leaving Texas following the 2013 season. He has always been regarded as one of college football's most wide-open and top offensive coaches.

It just seems so weird that one of the legendary head coaches of late for the Texas football program will join another former team of his in the UNC Tar Heels.

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