Mack Brown is set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame next week, but that is suddenly not the biggest news surrounding the former Texas head coach.
According to a report from Inside Carolina, Brown has reached a deal to become the next head coach at North Carolina. He is already in the process of assembling a coaching staff, and an official announcement is expected from the school as early as Tuesday.
Brown, 67, has not coached since 2013 and has spent the last several years as a college football analyst for ESPN. Prior to becoming the head coach at Texas in 1998, Brown coached at UNC for 10 years and turned the program around, posting three 10-win seasons. The Tar Heels were 15-0 against in-state rivals NC State, Duke and Wake Forest during Brown’s last five years with the program.
While he has admitted to making some big recruiting mistakes toward the end of his tenure with the Longhorns, Brown is a huge hire for UNC. He’s a national championship-winning coach who should ignite UNC’s fanbase coming off a disappointing 2-9 season under Larry Fedora.
North Carolina defensive lineman Jalen Dalton was ejected in the first half of his team’s rivalry game against NC State on Friday after he threw a punch during a bench-clearing brawl.
The fight broke out after the Tar Heels recovered a fumble on what was eventually ruled an incomplete pass upon further review. Players from the sidelines sprinted onto the field to get involved, and coaches tried to diffuse the situation. UNC coach Larry Fedora was physically dragged at one point while trying to keep Dalton from going after an NC State player.
If Fedora is, in fact, being considered for high-profile jobs like this one, he just received a boost on his physical strength rating. The fact that he stayed on his feet while being dragged by someone as massive as Dalton was impressive.
NC State took a 21-7 lead into halftime while looking to pull the upset.
Duke secured the top recruiting class in the country on Monday when five-star power forward Brandon Ingram committed to the reigning national champs. Ingram was originally planning to go to North Carolina. What caused him to change his mind? Was it the fact that Coach K just won another national championship? Apparently not.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Ingram was turned off by the academic fraud investigation at UNC.
Fellow ESPN insider Jeff Borzello added that Ingram admitted at the McDonald’s All-American game that he would have likely committed to UNC last fall if there were no NCAA issues.
It has to hurt Roy Williams and company that they lost a top recruit to their biggest rival. And it’s not as if Duke had no off-court issues last year, but the academic scandal seems to get worse by the day. Even former UNC players have admitted they kept their grades up without ever going to class. There was bound to be a ripple effect.
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Smell that? That’s the smell of the first big Saturday of college football. With all the hype surrounding NFL training camps, we tend to forget college football kicks off a week earlier than meaningful NFL play. Tis the season, which means let the clever College GameDay signs start flowing. We’re off to a pretty good start with these “Masoli for Heistman” and “Butch, I’m eligible” signs (knocking the influx of UNC football player suspensions). As the games roll on and the beers continue to be consumed, it should only get better from here.
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