Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC

Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC

Mack Brown is returning to North Carolina and will take over as the program's football coach, multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed to THI.

UNC (re-) introduces Mack Brown as head football coach and Jeff Gravley is there. Brown compiled a record of 69-46 at North Carolina and led the Tar Heels to six straight bowl appearances in his final six years there.

News of Brown's return came just 24 hours after the university fired head coach Larry Fedora after the loss to State in overtime 34-28.

The former Longhorns' head coach revealed in his press conference today that he had interviewed for several head coaching positions in recent years.

If he's able to assemble that kind of staff, it not only could awaken the Tar Heels and their fan base, but also serve as a warning that Brown is serious about trying to threaten the ACC's current dominant power, Clemson, among others. Miles and Brown left retirement from the world of college football coaching to rejoin the Power Five ranks in the past two weeks.

Later that day, rumors surfaced that the ex-Texas Longhorns head coach would replace him.

His 16-season stay at Texas was highlighted by national championships in the 2005 and '09 seasons. Fedora did wear out his welcome in Chapel Hill, NC, hence the move to bring someone aboard like Brown.

The Tar Heels are in the midst of a deep two-year downturn. Following consecutive one-win seasons, Brown began to turn the program around with a 6-4-1 mark. Led UNC to two top-10 final rankings and Texas to seven top-10 final rankings.

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