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Mack Brown
UNC Tarheels HC Mack Brown
Current position
Title Head coach
Team North Carolina
Conference ACC
Record 76–52–1
Biographical details
Born August 27 1951 (1951-08-27) (age 70)
Place of birth Cookeville, Tennessee
Playing career
Position(s) Running back
Head coaching record
Overall 251–128–1
Bowls 14–8
Accomplishments and honors
BCS National Championship (2005)
2 Big 12 (2005, 2009)
6 Big 12 South Division (1999, 2001–2002, 2005, 2008–2009)
ACC Coach of the Year (1996)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2005)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2008)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2005, 2009)
Career player statistics (if any)'
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2018

William "Mack" Brown (born August 27, 1951) is an American college football coach. He is currently in his second stint as the head football coach at the University of North Carolina, where he coached from 1988 until departing in 1997 to become coach at the University of Texas. He was recently a college football commentator for ESPN. In January 2018, Brown was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.[1] In November 2018, Brown took the vacant job at North Carolina, replacing Larry Fedora.[2] From 1997 to 2013, Brown served as the head football coach for the Texas Longhorns, a position he held from 1998 through 2013. Prior to his job at Texas, Brown served as head coach for the Appalachian State MountaineersTulane Green Wave, and North Carolina Tar Heels.

Early life

Brown was born as the middle of three boys (brothers Mel and Watson) on August 27, 1951, in Cookeville, Tennessee. During his teenage years, he attended Putnam County High School. Brown's family had a long history with football. His grandfather, Eddie Watson, was an athlete at Tennessee Tech and a coach at Putnam County High School for more than three decades. His father, Melvin Brown, was also a coach and an administrator. Mack's older brother Watson also coached, and was the head football coach at a total of six Division I football schools, ending his career with their hometown school, Tennessee Tech.[3] Mack attended Vanderbilt University before attending Florida State University and graduating in 1974. He later received a graduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1976. During his undergraduate years, Brown was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[4]

Playing career

Brown was a three-sport star at Putnam County High School, playing football, basketball and baseball. After his senior season, he won All-State as well as Prep All-America honors and was selected one of the nation's top running backs by Scholastic Magazine his senior year.[5] The Tennessean selected him as the state player of the year.[6]

He accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University.,[7] where his brother Watson Brown was the starting quarterback.[8] In his time playing for the Vanderbilt Commodores, he played for Bill Pace and rushed 82 times for 364 yards and three touchdowns, as well as catching seven passes for 50 yards and a touchdown during the 1970 season.[9]

Brown then transferred to Florida State University. Brown played for Florida State under head coach Larry Jones. At Florida State he had 31 rushing attempts for 98 yards and 10 catches for 76 yards with no touchdowns in the 1972 season.[10] Lettering twice as a running back for the Seminoles,[7] he started his coaching career as a student coach after five knee surgeries ended his career prematurely.[11]


  1. Beamer, Brown among 13 to enter Hall of Fame (January 8, 2018). Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  2. Sources: Mack Brown Returning to UNC. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  3. Watson Brown retires as a college football coach.
  4. Facts and History[dead link], Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
  5. Carolina football. [Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sports Information Office. (February 7, 1993). Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  6. Cavaliers Hall of Fame. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mack Brown - Football Coach. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  8. Watson Brown (January 18, 2018). Retrieved on February 7, 2019.
  9. 1970 Vanderbilt Commodores." College Football at N.p., n.d. Web. February 3, 2016
  10. "1972 | Florida State Seminoles Football Statistics and Results |" 1972 | Florida State Seminoles Football Statistics and Results | N.p., n.d. Web. February 3, 2016."
  11. Curtis, Bryan (December 16, 2013). Happy Trails to Mr. Football. Retrieved on February 7, 2019.

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