Brown left UNC to accept the head coaching position at Texas.
For the past five years, he's been an analyst for ESPN.
Mack Brown announces that he is stepping down as head football coach at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. He's won two national Coach of the Year awards, was ACC Coach of the Year at UNC in 1996 and was twice named Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Update (Nov. 26, 8:37 a.m.): It appears Mack Brown will indeed replace Larry Fedora at North Carolina.
The former Longhorns' head coach revealed in his press conference today that he had interviewed for several head coaching positions in recent years.
Brown coached 1998 Heisman Trophy victor Ricky Williams as well as three Maxwell Award victor (Williams, Vince Young, Colt McCoy), a Butkus Award and Thorpe Award winners. Brown coached at North Carolina for 10 years before being hired by Texas in 1997. The Tar Heels were ranked in the top 10 in Brown's final two seasons in Chapel Hill.
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Legendary coach Mack Brown is returning to lead the Tar Heels to victory, just as he did in the 80s and 90s.
Brown parted ways with Texas following the 2013 season after the Longhorns failed to reach 10 wins in each of his final four seasons.
And as with his first stint in Chapel Hill, Brown faces significant hurdles as he takes the job.
After two 1-win seasons, he turned the Tar Heels around, leading them to eight winning seasons, including three with 10 wins and six straight bowl games.
His 1997 team finished 11-1 - the only loss coming to Florida State at the peak of the Seminoles' romp through that decade - and No. 6 in the final AP poll.