North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown is in his second stint with the program and still has more to accomplish. When it is all said and done, Brown will be viewed as North Carolina’s greatest head coach in program history.
The Tar Heels are coming off their first losing season under Brown since he rejoined the university in 2018. In 2021, the Tar Heels went 6-7 following a loss to South Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in December. It was not the way Brown envisioned how the season would end for North Carolina, but it was the reality.
North Carolina underperformed their expectations and failed to take advantage of a wide-open ACC. Teams like Pitt, Wake Forest, and NC State saw a great deal of success, while Clemson took a bit of a back seat in 2021. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, they had opportunities to reach the top of the conference but losing three of their last four games dampened their hopes.
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With key players from the 2021 season like Sam Howell, Joshua Ezeudu, and Marcus McKethan declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft, Brown will be tasked with replacing those players. Knowing his experience level in college football, that will not be a problem for Brown.
Brown already made adjustments to his coaching staff by adding Gene Chizik and Charlton Warren to the defensive staff. Warren will serve as the co-defensive coordinator and Chizik will be the assistant head coach for the defense. Chizik’s last coaching stop was at North Carolina as the defensive coordinator from 2015-2016. His return to Chapel Hill, N.C., will provide a spark to the No. 12 ranked defense in the ACC.
Brown understands what it means to have a winning program. Before he had success at the University of Texas, he was UNC’s head coach from 1988-1997. During his first stint with the Tar Heels, Brown held a 69-46-1 record. He went through two lean years in 1988 and 1989, as the Tar Heels went 2-20 in Brown’s first two seasons. Despite those two dreadful seasons, he managed to turn the program into a respectable team in the ACC.
Looking ahead to the 2022 season, Brown will have to close out the season in a better manner than he did in 2021. If he was able to survive a 2-20 record after the 1989 season, he can survive any issue with North Carolina. The Tar Heels have the right leader at the helm to guide them to an ACC Championship in the near future.