Mack Brown 'excited' by challenge ahead with UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP/WITN) - The Latest on North Carolina's hiring of Mack Brown for a second stint as Tar Heels football coach (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

New North Carolina coach Mack Brown says returning for a second stint with the Tar Heels is the right fit for him.

The school officially announced the move Tuesday morning, saying they had signed him to a five-year deal that pays him $3.5 million annually.

Brown spent 10 seasons at UNC from 1988-97 before leaving for Texas. He left there in 2013 and has been in broadcasting in the years since.

Brown didn't sound deterred by the challenge of reversing UNC's two-year downturn, saying during his news conference that "it's more fun to fix than maintain."

Brown says he's "so excited about starting over with young people I don't know," though he said he watched plenty of UNC games last season while working at ESPN.

He says he plans to meet with the players after his news conference.

Brown added: "We know this place and we know you can be successful in football here."

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It's official this morning. Mack Brown is returning to the University of North Carolina as its next football coach.

Brown, who has been an ESPN analyst for the past five years, was the Tar Heel's head coach from 1988 to 1997.

He led Carolina to three 10-win seasons, six consecutive bowl games and two top-10 AP finishes. Brown then went to the University of Texas, where the Longhorns won the 2005 BCS national title, two conference titles and four Big 12 South Division titles.

"Mack Brown has a proven record of building great teams, and he doesn't just develop football players – he also develops people of strong character," says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham.

The Tar Heels officially announced Brown as their new head coach during a noon news conference today.


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Two people with knowledge of the situation say North Carolina is negotiating with Mack Brown on a deal to return to Chapel Hill as its next football coach.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the school hasn't publicly commented on its coaching search. One of the people says that the deal is being finalized.

North Carolina has moved quickly to replace Larry Fedora, who was fired on Sunday after seven seasons.

The 67-year-old Brown coached the Tar Heels from 1988-97 before spending 16 seasons at Texas. His last two teams at North Carolina finished ranked in the top 10 nationally.

He later led the Longhorns to the national championship for 2005. He left Texas in 2013 and has been working in broadcasting.

Inside Carolina first reported news on Brown.