Saturday, 15 December, 2018

UNC announces Mack Brown’s return as head football coach

UNC reportedly hiring back Mack Brown Gamecocks' 2019 season-opening opponent has new coach
| 28 November, 2018, 04:10

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.

Former Texas coach Mack Brown could be eyeing a return to coaching, according to multiple reports. He has worked for ESPN and ABC sports for the last several years since leaving Texas following the 2013 season. Texas went 8-4 this year and Brown's final game will be the December 30 Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

Brown, of course, coached at North Carolina before leaving for the Texas job.

What's old is new again - reportedly. 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.

South Carolina's 2019 season-opening opponent didn't wait long to replace its fired head coach.


The school officially announced the move Tuesday morning.

Brown led North Carolina from 1988-97 before taking over the Longhorns' program for 16 seasons (1998-2013). North Carolina finished 10-2 and 11-1 in his final two seasons.

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. Those Longhorns teams went 158-48 in Brown's tenure; on two occasions Texas played in the national title game.

The 67-year-old, who won the national championship in 2005 with Vince Young as his quarterback, is now working as an analyst at ESPN.

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