Former UNC football coach Mack Brown returned to Chapel Hill over the weekend. In celebration of his selection to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class, the Rams Club threw a little shindig. Former players returned to North Carolina to show appreciation to their head coach. Check out some pictures below. These tweets were a blast from the past for some of us older Tar Heel faithful.
#tarheelsnation Please help me celebrate our Great Football @ESPN_CoachMack! What a night we had last night honoring our 2018 College HOF Inductee Coach!This man has been a inspiration in my life and I’m truly grateful to have shared last night with you! @TarHeelFootball pic.twitter.com/3KJjYd1bWG— Dré Bly (TarHeel) (@drebly_32) August 12, 2018
Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham and University Chancellor Carol Folt also participated in the activities and tweeted out their support.
Great night celebrating Mack Brown‘s recognition for his selection to the college football Hall of Fame. Many former players back to honor Mack and Sally. #GDTBATH. #CoachMackHOF2018 pic.twitter.com/13yUqAFSRQ— Bubba Cunningham (@BubbaUNC) August 12, 2018
Congratulations @ESPN_CoachMack on your well-deserved induction into college football hall of fame. On & off the field you impacted so many players & students as coach of @TarHeelFootball! pic.twitter.com/chCxIifeUK— Carol Folt (@ChancellorFolt) August 12, 2018
And of course, Larry Fedora got in on the action. Coach Brown also made his way down to the field to speak with the current team.
.@ESPN_CoachMack thank you for coming by the scrimmage today, and congratulations on being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. There is no one more deserving. #GDTBATH pic.twitter.com/AWMZhOwV6G— Larry Fedora (@CoachFedora) August 11, 2018
Brown coached at UNC from 1988-1997. He finished with a record of 69-46-1, but that’s heavily skewed by two consecutive 1-10 seasons in ‘88 and ‘89. After rebuilding the program upon his arrival, UNC went 67-26-1 over his final eight seasons. Those included a school record, three 10-win seasons.
He departed for the University of Texas after the 1997 season, much to the frustration and/or anger of many UNC fans. (We couldn’t even say his name in my house without my mother getting visibly upset). Obviously, most of those hard feelings, including my mom’s, have dissolved over the past two decades.