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Brown's a Football Coach Headed for A Football School

Posted December 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— In the last two years, Mack Brown has had a record of 20 wins and three losses. But part of the reason he's leaving may be that he and his football program never got the respect they probably deserved.

Brown is a football coach who's finally headed for a football school. Despite finishing in the top ten last year, and despite a 10-1 record this year, some people always wanted Mack to pack.

The Coach was treated to "boos" in his last game in Chapel Hill. Could it have pushed Mack over the edge?ACC Sports Journaleditor David Glenn doesn't think so.

"Mack Brown is smart enough not to let three hours on a Saturday afternoon affect the rest of his life," Glenn says. "He's not going to leave because not enough people showed up against Duke."

"I think it is a symptom of the bigger picture. UNC fans don't have the same affection for football as texas fans."

And Brown had to be bothered by the fact that after another great year, he's looking at another trip to Jacksonille. If you go 10-1 at Texas, that just doesn't happen.

They may not be more forgiving in Austin, but even today Mack still isn't the man.

Every day theDaily Tar Heelprints a quote at the bottom of the front page. Usually it's from someone like Kierkegaard. Today it comes from Mack Brown.

"When I make a decision, I never look back on it. 'What if' died the day we moved on."

While Brown may have had it tough, whoever succeeds him will have it even tougher, especially following a team that could end up 11-1.