Coaching Legend Mack Brown Returning to Sidelines at North Carolina

UNC reportedly hiring back Mack Brown

Mack Brown has agreed to terms to become the next head coach at North Carolina, a source tells ESPN, pending approval by the university's board.

The Tar Heels fired their head coach, Larry Fedora, on Sunday after going 2-9 this season, his seventh with the program.

Brown left UNC to accept the head coaching position at Texas.

Ticket prices for next season's opener were recently announced with prices for Gamecock Club members starting from $59. 247Sports affiliate Inside Carolina is reporting that an announcement is expected Tuesday with Brown already beginning to assemble his coaching staff. The News & Observer has confirmed this report. Over his final two seasons in Chapel Hill, Brown's UNC squads went a combined 20-3. He also made it to the BCS National Championship in 2009 before losing to Alabama.




"We are excited about his plans for our football program, and I am thrilled to welcome Coach Brown and wife Sally back to Chapel Hill".

He had his biggest success with the Longhorns, winning the national championship in 2005 with Vince Young as his quarterback. The Longhorns have had four straight seasons with at least four losses.

Though reported candidates for the job included coveted assistant coaches on the rise like Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and successful Group of Five coaches like North Texas' Seth Littrell (an offensive coordinator under Fedora prior to taking his current post), the speed of the coaching search suggests that Brown's willingness to return to the sideline was never in question. Brown is now tied with Bill Dooley for the second-most wins in program history with 69. In a 29-year career as a head coach, which began with a one-year run at Appalachian State in 1983, Brown has a career-record of 244-122. He has always been regarded as one of college football's most wide-open and top offensive coaches. He is set for induction in the College Football Hall of Fame next week.

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