UNC announces Mack Brown’s return as head football coach

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Mack Brown is now the front-runner in a return stint as head football coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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).

Since he left Texas, Brown has entered into broadcasting and is now a college football analyst for ESPN.

Brown, who went 158-48 over 16 years at Texas, coach at UNC for 10 seasons before getting the Texas job and had a record of 69-46-1 with the Heels.

Once at Texas, Brown coached a Heisman Trophy victor in Ricky Williams, then another Heisman finalist - Vince Young - led the Longhorns to a 13-0 season in 2005 that ended with a win against USC in a Rose Bowl classic for the national title. The College Football Hall of Fame head coach has one BCS national championship to his name and he was the 1996 ACC Coach of the Year when UNC went 10-2 and a top 10 finish. At the end of the 2013 season, he announced his (forced) resignation from Texas and has not coached since.

Brown left Texas in 2013 and has been working in broadcasting in recent years. "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". "We can't to wait to meet our current student-athletes and reconnect with friends, alumni and fellow Tar Heel coaches".

He started 1-10 in each of his first two seasons, but steadily built up the program through strong recruiting, particularly with instate prospects.

  • Stacy Allen