Mack Brown on conference realignment: If anything changed, UNC will be one of the more popular schools people would want in their process

While North Carolina football opened its fall practices for the 2021 season, head coach Mack Brown addressed the media. During the media session, Brown was asked about Texas and Oklahoma beginning the process of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

Brown, of course, coached at Texas for over a decade (1998-2013); his time in Austin came in between his two head coaching stints with UNC.

Brown made clear a couple of things:

    • He was somewhat caught off guard my Texas and OU’s move
    • He remembers going through conference realignment a decade ago while at Texas; in fact, Brown thought for a period of time that UT was headed to the Pac-12
    • While he’s very happy with the ACC and how things are progressing, especially if Notre Dame were to join the league as a full member, you just never know how much things can change in 4-5 years
    • UNC, if necessary, is uniquely marketable as a university strong in both academics and athletics, if things were to change in the future


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