Mack Brown and the North Carolina football program appear to be regrouping for the 2023 season after losing four in a row to end the 2022 season. The Tar Heels started 9-1 before dropping the final four games, including the ACC Championship Game against Clemson and the Holiday Bowl against Oregon.
At the start of this season, UNC may not be a favorite to win the ACC, but they are behind Clemson and Florida State there. And Brown will play a key role in whatever success UNC has in 2023.
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The Sporting news recently released its updated ranking of coaches in college football going into next season. Brown didn’t crack the Top 10, only finding himself out a few spots.
Brown checked in at number 12 in the rankings:
all time low: Brown – like Saban – is approaching the 300 win mark. He led the Tar Heels to nine wins and a trip to the ACC championship game, and he has another year with Drake Maye at quarterback. Those are two straight NFL quarterbacks that he helped develop. Brown’s tenure with the Tar Heels has seen ups and downs on the field, but he remains a top-notch coach in the era of NIL and the transfer portal. He is also one of five national championship-winning coaches in the game.
The No. 12 ranking is three places higher than last season for the head coach and if they achieve success this season, he will rise again.