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North Carolina hiring Mack Brown as head coach

North Carolina hiring Mack Brown as head coach

Officials announced Tuesday that Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC.

South Carolina's 2019 season-opening opponent didn't wait long to replace its fired head coach.

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

Less than 24 hours after North Carolina let go of head football coach Larry Fedora, the Tar Heels have re-hired former head coach Mack Brown to try and fix a struggling football program, according to multiple reports.

Brown, a Cookeville, Tenn. native, coached the Tar Heels from 1988-1997, amassing a 69-46-1 record during his tenure.

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Brown coached 1998 Heisman Trophy victor Ricky Williams as well as three Maxwell Award victor (Williams, Vince Young, Colt McCoy), a Butkus Award and Thorpe Award winners.

Brown, of course, coached North Carolina for 10 seasons in the 1980s and 1990s.

After coaching at UNC, Brown went on to become head coach at Texas where he built up a 158-48 record over 16 seasons.

Brown, who will be 68 by the time next season kicks off, last coached at Texas in 2013, when he was unceremoniously pushed out the door to make room for Nick Saban only for the Longhorns to hire Charlie Strong instead.

He had his biggest success with the Longhorns, winning the national championship in 2005 with Vince Young as his quarterback. Fedora did wear out his welcome in Chapel Hill, NC, hence the move to bring someone aboard like Brown. North Carolina finished 10-2 and 11-1 in his final two seasons. Over his final two seasons in Chapel Hill, Brown's UNC squads went a combined 20-3.


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