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Mack Brown is returning to coaching — and to the place where he first built a program and his reputation. He and North Carolina have agreed to a deal to become the Tar Heels’ head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been formally approved by the university’s board of trustees. That is expected to occur during an emergency meeting of the board of trustees, which is scheduled to be held by teleconference at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
Several other media outlets also have reported the deal is done or imminent. Brown replaces Larry Fedora after the Tar Heels went 5-18 the past two seasons and 45-43 overall in his six seasons. Fedora was fired on Sunday.
Brown, 67, who is set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame next week, has not coached since resigning under pressure at Texas five years ago. He has been an ESPN college football analyst since then.
It’s a return to Chapel Hill, N.C., for Brown, who went 69–46–1 in 10 seasons at North Carolina from 1988-97 before moving on to Texas. Rebuilding at North Carolina will be nothing new for Brown. He went 1-10 in his first two seasons in Chapel Hill before turning the program into one of the best in the ACC. Brown won 10 games in each of his final two seasons with the Tar Heels.
He then went to Texas, where he rebuilt the Longhorns into a national power, compiling a 158–48 record in 16 seasons, including a Bowl Championship Series national championship in 2005. Texas also played in the BCS national title game after the 2009 season, losing to Alabama, 37-21. Brown has long believed the Longhorns would have won if quarterback Colt McCoy had not been injured in the first quarter.
But in his final four seasons at Texas, plagued by inconsistent quarterback performances, the Longhorns were 30-21, including 19-17 in Big 12 play. His Texas tenure ended with a 30-7 loss to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.
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