Mack Brown reportedly returning as North Carolina coach

UNC reportedly hiring back Mack Brown

UNC reportedly hiring back Mack Brown

The 67-year-old College Football Hall of Famer led the Tar Heels from 1988 up until 1997.

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.

Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was sacked after seven seasons and a 45-43 record, including a 2-9 mark this season.

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

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.

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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.

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.

His 16-season stay at Texas was highlighted by national championships in the 2005 and '09 seasons. Brown also reportedly has already begun to assemble his coaching staff in preparation for returning to UNC, some two decades after his first tenure with the school ended. Texas went 8-4 this year and Brown's final game will be the December 30 Alamo Bowl against Oregon.

Brown parted ways with Texas following the 2013 season after the Longhorns failed to reach 10 wins in each of his final four seasons. He's the second-winningest coach in both North Carolina and Texas history. Brown was most recently a college football commentator for ESPN. He is 244-122-1 in his career as a head coach and 13-7 in bowl games.

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