Making sense of UNC hiring Mack Brown

Making sense of UNC hiring Mack Brown

A press conference is set for noon ET.

Legendary coach Mack Brown is returning to lead the Tar Heels to victory, just as he did in the 80s and 90s.

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

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. 247Sports affiliate Inside Carolina is reporting that an announcement is expected Tuesday with Brown already beginning to assemble his coaching staff. The News & Observer has confirmed this report.

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After two 1-win seasons, he turned the Tar Heels around, leading them to eight winning seasons, including three with 10 wins and six straight bowl games. "We can't to wait to meet our current student-athletes and reconnect with friends, alumni and fellow Tar Heel coaches".

Efforts by CBS Sports to reach Brown and athletic director Bubba Cunningham this morning were unsuccessful.

Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was sacked after seven seasons and a 45-43 record, including a 2-9 mark this season.

The Longhorns also won the 2005 national championship.

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For the past five years, he's been an analyst for ESPN.

Perhaps there could be some benefit to bringing back a coach like Brown, who is familiar and devoted to improving the program, but it is probably safe to say Brown's potential success at UNC will be reliant on having a strong supporting cast around him.

North Carolina lost 34-28 to their rival North Carolina State on Saturday. 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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