Gene Chizik accepts offer, will return to UNC as DC

According to multiple media reports, former Auburn coach Gene Chizik will return to North Carolina and become the new defensive coordinator, under Mack Brown. Zach Barnett of Football Scoop was the first to report the news.

Of course, this will also be Chizik’s second stint as the defensive coordinator for UNC. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Chizik held that post — two of the best defensive years of the Larry Fedora era. Chizik resigned from North Carolina in Feb. 2017. However, he’s back, now.

Brown and Chizik have history together, too. Chizik was the co-defensive coordinator at Texas for two seasons (2005-06) with Brown. During the 2005 season, Texas won the national title.

When Chizik was the head coach at Auburn (2009-12), the Tigers won the 2010 national title, too, thanks to one of the greatest individual seasons in college football history from Cam Newton.

Earlier this week — on Friday — UNC let go defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, who’d been with Brown in Chapel Hill since Dec. 2018. The defense, however, never got going under Bateman. The 2021 season marked the nadir for defense under Brown/Bateman.

North Carolina also parted ways with outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt.

A few days ago, it seemed as though Chizik was set to get back into coaching — with a head coaching opportunity in the USFL. That, however, is no longer the case. Once again, Chizik is headed to Chapel Hill.


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