Mack to the Future

Mack to the Future

Matt Weill

November 27th 2018

                                                        Mack to the Future


It has been 1,793 days since Mack Brown waved farewell to the Longhorn nation and left the field following the 2013 Alamo Bowl. The 30-7 loss to the high-flying No.10 ranked Oregon Ducks was a sad way for the Brown era to end.

Many, including myself, believed that would be the last time we’d see the man with the southern grin coaching on the sidelines again. Brown then moved into the TV studio where he’s made a name for himself as a college football commentator and analyst.

But watching a football team just doesn’t feel the same as coaching the team. And, as of today, Mack is back. The man who arguably coached the finest college football team in history announced he’s heading back to the sidelines. Not at Texas but at his old UNC stomping grounds where he coached the Tar Heels from 1988-1998.

Brown’s first stint with the Tar Heels ended with a 69-69 record.. But that doesn’t begin to tell the story of how much he improved the program. In his first two years, the team won a total of two games. In the last two years, the team won 20 games. He also took them to five bowl appearances and won three of those games.

Brown replaces Larry Fedora who joined the Tar Heels in 2012 and finished this season 2-9. He brought the program to the top and just three years ago had an 11-win season and division title. But after a crushing 34-28 overtime loss to rival N.C. State last weekend, UNC pulled the plug.

There is no doubt that Brown is one of the most beloved figures in the game. But, he’s almost 68 years old and some believe the game has passed him by. It is the same incorrect narrative t swirling around NFL circles regarding Jon Gruden. Rather, I’d make the argument that after spending time analyzing plays for a living, he brings an even broader range of experience to his new job.

Any way you slice it, this is great for college football, fans, and most importantly, players. Mack Brown has an integrity that will only enhance ANY business on or off the field. I, for one, say WELCOME BACK COACH.

Matt Weill

November 27th, 2018

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