North Carolina extends Mack Brown through 2025

Sept 12, 2020, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina head coach Mack Brown watches his team warm up for the Tar Heels’ game against Syracuse on Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C.. Mandatory credit: Robert Willett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina extended football coach Mack Brown’s contract through 2025 on Monday.

The extension maintains the terms of the original deal and keeps the contract length at five years.

Brown, who turns 70 in August, earns $3.5 million per season on the deal he signed in November 2018 to come out of retirement and return to Chapel Hill, N.C.

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The Tar Heels finished 8-4 and ranked No. 18 in the final Top 25 poll last season, losing to Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl. They went 7-6 and won the Military Bowl in his first year back in 2019.

“We’re proud of what our football program has accomplished over the last two seasons. Carolina Football is on a great trajectory, and much of that can be credited to our coaches,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a news release. “We’ve worked hard to build continuity with this staff, and we’re seeing the benefits of that on the field, in recruiting, and in the community. We are excited to watch this talented coaching staff continue to lead this program forward.”

In 31 seasons as a head coach, Brown has a 253-127-1 record with 23 bowl appearances (14-9 record) at Tulane (1985-87), North Carolina (1988-97, 2019-20) and Texas (1998-2013).

He guided the Longhorns to a BCS National Championship in 2005 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

“I want to express my gratitude to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Bubba and the Athletics Department for understanding the importance of having stability within our coaching staff,” Brown said in the release. “We said, because Sally and I love UNC and Chapel Hill so much, this is the only place we’ll coach, and we plan on doing that as long has we’re having fun, impacting the young men in our program, and giving Carolina football the best chance to win.”

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The school also extended all 10 of the Tar Heels’ full-time assistant coaches to three-year deals. In addition, wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway was promoted to assistant head coach and Larry Porter was named the assistant special teams coordinator and running backs coach.

–Field Level Media