Reports: Mack Brown to return to UNC as head football coach

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — Former Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown is returning to the University of North Carolina, according to multiple reports. 

Brown, who currently works for ESPN, will take over for Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after a disappointing season where the Tar Heels went 2-9. Inside Carolina was the first to report the hiring.

Brown won 69 games during his first coaching run with UNC from 1988-97. After finishing in the top 10 in back-to-back season in 1996 and 1997, Brown left to become the head coach at the University of Texas where he won 158 games and a national championship.

ESPN’s Danny Kanell tweeted, “So happy for Mack Brown. I also think it’s a great hire for UNC. He is going to assemble an incredible staff and he can recruit with anyone. Can’t wait to see what he does in Chapel Hill!!!” following the reports.

UNC has not confirmed that Brown will be the new head coach.

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