Making sense of UNC hiring Mack Brown


UNC fired Larry Fedora on Sunday after seven seasons and amassing a 45-43 record.

If multiple news reports are accurate, the life of North Carolina High Country resident Mack Brown has come full circle while proving you can, indeed, go home again. Fedora had a 45-43 mark across seven seasons with the Tar Heels, a tenure that was highlighted by an 11-win season and ACC Coastal championship in 2015 and the rewriting of almost every offensive record in program history.

Brown compiled a record of 69-46-1 during his first stint as North Carolina's head coach from 1987-97.

He will be announced as the new coach on Tuesday at a school press conference.

UNC Head Coach Mack Brown (left) and College Football Television Commentator Kirk Herbstreit pose in front of picturesque Kenan Stadium, home of the Tar Heels since 1927.

The Longhorns also won the 2005 national championship.

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After coaching at UNC, Brown went on to become head coach at Texas where he built up a 158-48 record over 16 seasons.

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.

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. Brown, who signed a five-year deal that will pay him $3.5 million annually, replaces Larry Fedora, who was sacked Sunday after seven seasons. Brown, 67, is two years older than new Kansas coach Les Miles but nonetheless going to be tasked with the same kind of challenge.

However, he resigned in 2013 after the Longhorns failed to reach double-digit victories in four consecutive seasons.

Brown, of course, coached North Carolina for 10 seasons in the 1980s and 1990s. Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was sacked Sunday. Brown was most recently a college football commentator for ESPN. He was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this past January.

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