Monday night update> ESPN is now confirming Mack has agreed to terms with UNC. #MackIsBack
Brown has worked as an ESPN studio analyst since resigning at Texas after the 2013 season.
Best remembered for his 16-year stint at Texas, Brown is still the second-winningest head coach in North Carolina history, going 69-46-1 from 1988-97. His teams posted four AP top 20 finishes, including a No. 4 mark in 1997 that led to him taking the Texas job.
Hiring Brown could be a budget option for North Carolina, who will pay Fedora $12 million not to coach. Additionally, Brown likely wouldn't demand significant buyout language; which has to be something that appeals to UNC leadership.
With Brown returning to Chapel Hill, sources have told FootballScoop that Gene Chizik could hop aboard as Brown's defensive coordinator.
Chizik worked as Brown's defensive coordinator for two seasons at Texas, including the 2005 national championship season. That success led him to the Iowa State head job, then to Auburn. In addition to working previously for Brown, Chizik has also worked previously for North Carolina; he was Fedora's defensive coordinator in 2015-16.
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