CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - New North Carolina football coach Mack Brown says returning for a second stint with the Tar Heels is the right fit for him.
The school officially announced the move Tuesday morning, saying it had signed Brown to a five-year deal that pays him $3.5 million annually. The deal includes a base salary of $750,000 and supplemental compensation of $2 million a year. There's an additional $200,000 per year tied to apparel maker Nike and $500,000 annually with Learfield for multimedia obligations.
Brown will also receive $50,000 annually for expenses.
The 67-year-old Brown says he’s “so excited about starting over with young people I don’t know,” though he said he watched plenty of UNC games last season while working at ESPN.
He said he planned to meet with the players after his news conference Tuesday.
Brown didn’t sound deterred by the challenge of reversing UNC’s two-year downturn, saying during his news conference that “it’s more fun to fix than maintain. We know this place and we know you can be successful in football here.”
Brown spent 10 seasons at UNC from 1988-97 before leaving for Texas. His last two Tar Heel teams finished in the top 10 nationally.
After coaching for 16 seasons at Texas, where he won the national championship in 2005, Brown left coaching in 2013 and has been in broadcasting in the years since.
Brown replaces Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after seven seasons.