Mack Brown Hired As UNC's Next Football Coach


Brown, 67, will be introduced as early as Tuesday as the replacement for Larry Fedora, who was sacked shortly after the Tar Heels finished the 2018 season at 2-9 (1-7 in the ACC).

Less than 24 hours after North Carolina let go of head football coach Larry Fedora, the Tar Heels have re-hired former head coach Mack Brown to try and fix a struggling football program, according to multiple reports.

The job search for a new head coach at North Carolina may have already wrapped up, and a reunion with Mack Brown is reportedly all but official at this point. Brown, 67, is two years older than new Kansas coach Les Miles but nonetheless going to be tasked with the same kind of challenge.

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. Both seasons North Carolina finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll.

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Brown coached 1998 Heisman Trophy victor Ricky Williams as well as three Maxwell Award victor (Williams, Vince Young, Colt McCoy), a Butkus Award and Thorpe Award winners.

Jones added that Brown's time as a head coach has "passed" and that Les Miles would've been a better choice. But after just five wins in the last two seasons, Cunningham moved quickly to "take the football program in a new direction".

The Longhorns also won the 2005 national championship. The College Football Hall of Fame head coach has one BCS national championship to his name and he was the 1996 ACC Coach of the Year when UNC went 10-2 and a top 10 finish.