Mack is back.
After two consecutive nine-loss seasons under former head coach Larry Fedora, North Carolina has moved in a new(ish) direction with the hiring of Mack Brown as the head coach for the 2019 season.
Brown previously coached at UNC from 1988-1997, going 69-46-1 during that stint. Head coaches following Brown would struggle to replicate his success after he departed for the University of Texas. None of the five coaches to lead UNC football since have managed to reach Brown’s win percentage of 60%. In fact, all except Everett Withers, who went 7-6 in a single season, and Butch Davis won fewer than half of their games.
Despite having a losing record for the past two seasons, the Tar Heels have played mostly competitive football. Last season, five of UNC's nine losses were by a touchdown or less, and the team only lost two games by more than ten points. This should be an encouraging sign to fans that although there is work to be done, the team has the potential to improve in 2019.
So what does Mack Brown bring to UNC that could turn a two-win team into a contender? His greatest strength may actually come in to play before the Tar Heels even step on to the football field for the first time.