UNC reportedly hiring Mack Brown as next coach

Elena Summers
November 28, 2018

General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "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".

UNC fired Larry Fedora on Sunday after seven seasons.

For the past few seasons, since he left his post as head coach of Texas, Brown has worked as college football analyst for ESPN.

Ticket prices for next season's opener were recently announced with prices for Gamecock Club members starting from $59. Brown, 67, is two years older than new Kansas coach Les Miles but nonetheless going to be tasked with the same kind of challenge. Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was sacked Sunday.

On Tuesday, the UNC Board of Trustees met in closed session for less than 30 minutes before the announcement of Brown's hire was made.

If multiple news reports are accurate, the life of North Carolina High Country resident Mack Brown has come full circle while proving you can, indeed, go home again.

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, who won a national championship with the Longhorns during the 2005 season, has not coached since his final season in Austin in 2013. There he led the Longhorns to 158 wins and a national championship during a 16-year run that included nine straight 10-win seasons.

However, he resigned in 2013 after the Longhorns failed to reach double-digit victories in four consecutive seasons. The Tar Heels won just five games combined over the last two seasons, finishing with 3-9 and 2-9 records in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is 244-122-1 in his career as a head coach and 13-7 in bowl games. His 69 wins at North Carolina are second only to Dick Crum (72).

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