Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Mack Brown Hired As UNC's Next Football Coach

Mack Brown Hired As UNC's Next 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.

He will be announced as the new coach on Tuesday at a school press conference.

Kingsbury was spent the last six years as the head coach at Texas Tech.

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Brown, 67, is 244-122 in 30 seasons as a head coach. Brown was originally hired at UNC in 1988 and led the Tar Heels to three 10-win seasons and three bowl victories before being hired away by Texas in 1998.

Though reported candidates for the job included coveted assistant coaches on the rise like Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and successful Group of Five coaches like North Texas' Seth Littrell (an offensive coordinator under Fedora prior to taking his current post), the speed of the coaching search suggests that Brown's willingness to return to the sideline was never in question.

Brown has been out of coaching for five years. North Carolina finished 10-2 and 11-1 in his final two seasons.

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He left for Texas after leading UNC to back-to-back top 10 finishes in the final AP polls in 1996 and '97, capping a two-year run in which the Tar Heels were 20-3.

Brown led a lengthy period of success with the Longhorns, including winning the 2005 BCS national title in the infamous Rose Bowl game against USC.

Brown was at once at the top of the college football world, widely thought as one of the game's top coaches, but his tenure at Texas met an unceremonious end, as often is the case for old coaches who are unable to adapt to the changing landscape.

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