Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC

Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC

Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC

"Sally and I love North Carolina, we love this University and we are thrilled to be back, " Mack Brown said in a school release.

Following Brown's departure from UNC in 1997, the Tar Heels did not have another ranked finish until 2015, when Fedora led the team to an 11-3 record in his fourth season.

On Tuesday, the UNC Board of Trustees met in closed session for less than 30 minutes before the announcement of Brown's hire was made. Brown will appear on "College Football Countdown" and offer pregame, halftime and postgame commentary for the games on ABC, including "Saturday Night Football".

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.

His last five years were spent as an ESPN college football analyst.

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Brown will have his work cut out for him as North Carolina has won just five games over the last two seasons under the leadership of Fedora. In his first two seasons at UNC, his team finished 1-10.

Brown, of course, was famous at Texas for leading the program to nine straight seasons of at least 10 wins from 2001-09, which included two Big 12 championships, two Rose Bowl victories, two national championship game berths and one national title win in 2005. At the end of the 2013 season, he announced his (forced) resignation from Texas and has not coached since.

Brown won 69 games during his run as North Carolina coach from 1988-97, good for second in program history.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that he would be interested in assembling a staff that would include former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik as his defensive coordinator and recently fired Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as his offensive coordinator. He was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this past January.

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