I understand fans of the University of North Carolina football team being head over heels on the re-hiring of Mack Brown.
Brown was the one who took the Tar Heels to the bring of stardom. He was responsible for a golden age the football program had not experienced since the late 1940s.
The Tar Heels were ranked in the AP Top 25 every week from October 1992 through the start of the 1995 season. They finished in the final rankings in four out of five years, including two straight appearances in the top 10. They also won 10 regular-season games in 1993 and 1997, only the second and third times the Tar Heels have accomplished this.
And then there’s this: Brown was also responsible for reviving the Texas football program. His Longhorns won the Big 12 South Division six times. They also won two Big 12 titles, and a national championship in 2005.
Being a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (and an ACC Coach of the Year award to boot) and a lifetime 244–122–1 record, it’s obvious to many that Brown knows what the hell he is doing. It’s just that it’s been a while since he’s done THAT.
Has the game passed him by? Could he still relate to college recruits? Did he learn from his mistakes? Too many question marks for what many consider a decent hire by UNC.
I think Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield would have been a better hire for the Tar Heels. He’s a younger, energetic coach who could relate more to recruits, but knows the Carolinas REALLY well.
Oh, and dude wins too. Satterfield is 50-24, and a 3-0 record in bowls. His Mountaineers are the two-time Sun Belt champions, and will be going for a three-peat this weekend vs. Louisiana.
Look, who the hell knows how Brown will do in his second stint in Chapel Hill. Hell, this NC State grad hopes he mucks it up on the football field.