Brown, 67, will be introduced as early as Tuesday as the replacement for Larry Fedora, who was sacked shortly after the Tar Heels finished the 2018 season at 2-9 (1-7 in the ACC).
"Sally and I love North Carolina, we love this University and we are thrilled to be back, " Mack Brown said in a school release.
And as with his first stint in Chapel Hill, Brown faces significant hurdles as he takes the job. Officials announced Tuesday that Mack Brown is coming back to coach football at UNC.
UNC Head Coach Mack Brown (left) and College Football Television Commentator Kirk Herbstreit pose in front of picturesque Kenan Stadium, home of the Tar Heels since 1927. Unlike Webber's, Brown's story is most positive and exalts him as a hero who can reverse the football fortunes of a school that has been among the nation's top major college powers during different time spans. Fedora's fate may have been determined prior to Saturday's regular season finale against NC State, thanks in part to Cunningham and North Carolina having the next move already lined up. After starting out with a pair of 1-10 seasons, Brown led the program to a 67-25-1 mark over his final eight campaigns.
Brown, of course, was famous at Texas for leading the program to nine straight seasons of at least 10 wins from 2001-09, which included two Big 12 championships, two Rose Bowl victories, two national championship game berths and one national title win in 2005.
After his time at UNC, Brown went on to coach Texas for 16 seasons - achieving all kinds of success. His 69 wins at North Carolina are second only to Dick Crum (72). He has always been regarded as one of college football's most wide-open and top offensive coaches.
Brown has also been a head coach at Tulane (1985-1987) and Appalachian State (1983). He was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame this past January.