It looks like Mack Brown is returning to the coaching ranks.
The national championship winning coach is returning from a coaching hiatus to take the helm once again at North Carolina, where he coached from 1988 to 1997, according to a report from 247 Sports.
From Greg Barnes of Inside Carolina:
A press conference is expected Tuesday. Brown has already begun efforts to assemble his coaching staff, according to sources.
UNC was intent on completing the coaching search quickly despite making the decision to dismiss Larry Fedora in the final days of the regular season, according to a source. The Tar Heels concluded their 2018 season with a loss to N.C. State on Saturday to fall to 2-9 (1-7 ACC). Fedora was 45-43 in his seven seasons in Chapel Hill.
Brown, 67, has spent the past five years as a college football analyst for ESPN after an illustrious coaching career. The Cookeville, Tenn. native amassed a 244-122 record in 30 years as a head coach. After stints at Appalachian State (1983) and Tulane (1985-87), he first took the UNC job in 1988 and rebounded from back-to-back 1-10 records to deliver winning seasons in each of the next eight years, highlighted by top-10 national rankings in the final AP Poll in 1996-97.
Mack will join Les Miles as a previously-retired national championship winning head coach to step back into the coaching game.