After coaching at UNC, Brown went on to become head coach at Texas where he built up a 158-48 record over 16 seasons.
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. Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was sacked Sunday.
"Sally and I love North Carolina, we love this University and we are thrilled to be back, " Mack Brown said in a school release.
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Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was sacked after seven seasons and a 45-43 record, including a 2-9 mark this season. News of his return was met by colossal approval by a vast majority of the UNC constituency.
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 was the head coach at UNC from 1987-1997 compiling a record of 69-46-1. According to IC, he's now in the process of assembling a staff. He resigned at the end of the 2013 season after failing to reach double-digit victories in four straight years. That year, UNC lost a bowl game for the third consecutive year, dropping the Sun Bowl 25-23 against Stanford. The Tar Heels won just five games combined over the last two seasons, finishing with 3-9 and 2-9 records in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Brown is now tied with Bill Dooley for the second-most wins in program history with 69. Brown seemed to be content in retirement after a very long coaching career that ended after the 2013 campaign with Texas football. Brown was most recently a college football commentator for ESPN. Brown will appear on "College Football Countdown" and offer pregame, halftime and postgame commentary for the games on ABC, including "Saturday Night Football". He was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this past January.