Mack Brown 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. Furthermore, in January 2018, Brown was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. Likewise, in November 2018, Brown took the vacant job at North Carolina, replacing Larry Fedora.
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 of 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.
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 honours and was selected one of the nation’s top running backs by Scholastic Magazine his senior year. The Tennessean selected him as the state player of the year.
He accepted a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University., where his brother Watson Brown was the starting quarterback. 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.
Brown’s first experience coaching came as a student coach of wide receivers at Florida State, a position he held in 1973 and 1974. From 1975 to 1977, he was the wide receivers coach at Southern Miss. This was followed by a one-year stint as wide receivers coach at Memphis State.
For the 1979 season, he joined the staff of Iowa State, again as a wide receivers coach, before a promotion to offensive coordinator. In 1980, after going 3–8 the year prior, Iowa State improved their record to 6–5 in large part due to running back Dwayne Crutchfield (1,312 yards with 11 TD) and the rest of Brown’s offence. The team scored 108 more points than a year than they had in 1979.
Since 2009 Brown’s annual salary was increased to $5 million (excluding bonuses and incentives), a raise of about $2 million. The raise created controversy on the UT campus during a time when academic programs were facing significant cutbacks. On December 14, 2009, the UT faculty council held a special meeting to consider the following resolution.
- Full Name: William Mack Brown
- Date of Birth: August 27, 1951
- Age: 68 years
- Birth Place: Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
- Record: 71–48–1
- Team: North Carolina Tar Heels football
- Spouse: Sally Brown (since m. 1992)
- Movies and TV shows: College Football Countdown, Successful Football Coaching: Mack Brown: Defensive Line
- Education: The University of Southern Mississippi, Florida State University, Vanderbilt University
- Net Worth: $8 million
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