Mack Brown Agrees to Become UNC Head Football Coach

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, left, shakes hands with Texas coach Mack Brown, right, before the Valero Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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North Carolina has not wasted any time settling on Mack Brown as its next head football coach, confirming his hire in a release on Tuesday.

"Sally and I love North Carolina, we love this University and we are thrilled to be back," Brown said in the release. "The best part of coaching is the players – building relationships, building confidence, and ultimately seeing them build success on and off the field. We can't to wait to meet our current student-athletes and reconnect with friends, alumni and fellow Tar Heel coaches. We thank UNC's Board of Trustees, Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham for supporting our return to the Carolina family."

On Monday, Greg Barnes of 247Sports first reported Brown agreed to a second tenure in Chapel Hill.

Brown, 67, was North Carolina's coach from 1988-97 before he took the job at Texas. The Heels went 69-46-1 under Brown and made a pair of Gator Bowl appearances in his last two years with the program.

Brown went on to coach at Texas from 1998 to 2013. The Longhorns were 158-48 under Brown and won the 2005 national championship. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year and is tied with Frank Beamer as the ninth-winningest coach in Division I history.

Brown needs only 20 wins to move into sixth place on the all-time list.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman reported Brown is already compiling a wish list of potential assistants. Gene Chizik is being considered for the defensive coordinator post, while recently fired Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury could come on as offensive coordinator.

Chizik has not coached since he was UNC's defensive coordinator from 2015 to 2016. He resigned following the 2016 season to spend more time with his family. 

Kingsbury went 35-40 in six seasons at Texas Tech, building a prolific offense but struggling mightily to find success defensively. 

It's unclear what level of interest Chizik or Kingsbury has in joining Brown. 

Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported Brown would not consider any other head coaching openings if the UNC deal fell through. 

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