BLSays: Mack Brown 2.0… The First 48 Hours

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BobLee
November28/ 2018

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The First 48 Hours of Mack 2.0

Henceforth, if I EVER type the phrase “Mack Is Back”… JUST SHOOT ME.   For seven years I never did one single play on words about “Fedora / Hat” which put me in a minority of one.  Saying what everyone else says the way everyone else says it is not what I do here.

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Is there a Richter Scale for a Media Tsunami?  If so, what did UNC Rehires Mack Brown register? Really High!

The backwash from the initial announcement of Mack’s Return is still splashing about along the highways and byways in a 100-mile concentric circle from the intersection of I-40 and Miami Boulevard…. “Ground Zero” for 97% of the human race that “might” spell Doeren or Cutcliffe correctly or know (or care) “How many Choos in Choo Choo”.Choo Choo

I still bet The Butcher doesn’t know or care.  Larry Fedora never bothered to ask “how many Choos” either.

I’m sure Mack knows how many.  The answer, of course, is “2”.   Has Mack (or Sally) ever read Look Homeward Angel?  Who has?

Some sports guy with WRAL – not named Adam or Joe or Jeff – wrote a fine piece about Why Larry Fedora Is Gone… noting it was NOT one reason but a camel’s back load of reasons.  I agree.  What was “the straw” that broke that camel’s back?  It might have been The Nightmare In Dowdy-Ficklin back in early September on top of “Shoe-gate”… on top of “CTE-gate”… on top of…?

Doesn’t matter… he’s gone.  Larry never “fit” at UNC.

I’m not sure what “a good fit for UNC” means or if that is a desired term to strive for.

Bill Dooley was not… Dick Crum was not… “Burly John” almost was, but wasn’t… The Butcher was not… Fedora was not.   No clue about Carl Snavley.  “Sunny Jim” Tatum was not as good a fit as “legend has it” but “tragic death” has a way of distorting reality.  See “Valvano, Jim”…

“Saint Dean” was THE 110% PERFECT FIT for UNC.  UNC alums/fans loved and mythologized(?) DES for his decades of on-court successes.  UNC faculty loved him because he could spell Nietzsche and recruited Charlie Scott away from Lefty Driesell at the 11th hour.

Ol’ Roy “fits” because he has a death grip on Dean’s coattails despite having no clue who/what Nietzsche was. … or who Julius Nyang’oro or Deborah Crowder are either. … wink, wink.

Mack doesn’t know Nietzsche either; but, if you asked him he will divert the conversation into a 10-minute series of sappy Mack-isms during which he will use your name at least three times.  When he stops to take a breath, you will have forgotten your question and be convinced Mack is your BFF.

That is a rare talent and Mack Brown is a Grand Master of It.

No one knows Mack’s politics that I know of.  And he (Mack) is crafty enough that we’re never gonna know, which is “the smart play”.

Unlike all of those other UNC HFCs, Mack understands the local rivalry minefield.  Bunting understood it but was not media-savvy enough to handle it.  The Butcher and Fedora had both been in “Real Football Rivalries” so neither of them gave the local State / Duke / UNC stuff much importance.  They should have…

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“When in Rome…” it is very important to appreciate the Romans REALLY hate the Carthaginians so you need to REALLY hate the Carthaginians too. 

The Visigoths are hated too… but not as much as those sorry, no-account Carthaginians.

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Mack gets it.  Mack knows how the local Braggin’ Rights silliness works.  It isn’t Texas vs Oklahoma, but this isn’t Texas either.

I assume all of you reading this – regardless of school loyalty – know that:

Mack Brown and Dave Doeren have the same “agent”.  No, not Jimma Sexton.  His name is Jordan Bazant.

“Having the same agent” doesn’t mean “squat”.  99% of the rivalry feces that get thrown back & forth doesn’t mean “squat”.  Add Jordan Bazant to that pile of “squat”.

OK.  Lets hit the Two Key Points that EVERYONE around these parts is obsessed with over the past 48 hours…

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Mack’s Age… By his first Kenan “Jr” game next September, Mack will be 68.   Roy is 68… Nick Saban is 67…Krzyzewski is 71… Cutcliffe is 64…  “The Butcher” is 67… Justice Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg is 85.  Noah’s Grandfather Methusalah lived to be 969 if one takes the Old Testament literally.

If they haven’t already, NC State recruiters will soon be Tweeting, Texting, Facebooking and Instragraming every High School (and Jr Hi just to be sure) football player in North Carolina that (1) MACK BROWN IS FREAKIN’ 68 YEARS OLD… (2) MACK BROWN will be reretired, if not dead and buried, within 2-3 years… (3) MACK BROWN uses a flip phone and thinks “rap” is what you do to Christmas presents… and (4) … and (5) … I probably would be doing that if I was them.

Refer to my Fred & Ethel column for Fred’s theory on how “those eeeevil State people used TGU against Larry”…. yawn.

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Mack Brown IS 20 years older than he was when “he lied to ‘dem boys” and ran off to Texas.  That’s a fact.  He does NOT use that Industrial-strength “Just For Men” that Coach K uses.

When Mack “lied and left” 20 years ago, area “hated rival fans” disliked him a lot.  20 years later their “Mack jokes” haven’t changed as much as Mack’s hair color.  To no ones surprise.

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Five years ago when Mack resigned at Texas he was 63… but looked 75.  The stress of that situation showed in every aspect of his physical appearance.  He seems to have “recharged his batteries” since then, and now “looks about 67”.

I look for Mack to create a unique CEO role for himself… using the organizational and executive staff management skills he has always been noted for… and, of course, his renown booster backslapping and shmoozing talents.

Those shmoozing talents get poo-pooed by hated-rival fans who have never been a major college FB / MBB coach.  But highly valued by anyone who has been or is.

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His Staff … The rumors are rampant re: who will be DC, OC, etc etc etc.  I haven’t seen Steve Logan’s name yet but surely he’s on some loonie’s “I heard that ….” list.  I expect one/both Coordinators to be well-known among those who know such people… either former HCs or Established Gurus.

The rest of the staff to be guys who played for, coached for, or otherwise Mack has known.  The $$$ to pay them “is NOT an issue”.  One of them MIGHT be designated Asst Head Coach or even designated Heir Apparent… but that might not be revealed for a year or so.

All of Mack’s staff will (1) use state-of-the-art techno-devices and… (2) all of them will “tweet & text”… and (3) be able to name at least three “famous rappers”.  The fine art of Recruiting 2018 will be well-known to those assigned to do it.  They will be as “savvy” in their tactics as the coaches they are recruiting against.

No current Big Name Coach regardless of age is any better than his meat-on-the-hoof… i.e. the depth of the talent on his roster.

If Mack can construct, delegate and maintain that CEO role, he could easily “do it” with success for 6-7-8+ years, but more likely 5-6 before stepping aside for that Heir Apparent.

Five years from now will be 2023.  How many current Triangle-area HFCs and/or ACC HFCs will be in their current positions in 2023 ???

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Defining “Success”5-6 Ws in 2019 would be “nice”.  More will be “nicer”.  Ws over “hated rivals” count double.  7-8-9 Ws by 2020 … will be expected with Ws over one/both “hated rivals” strongly advised.

Will Mack 2.0 Awaken The Sleeping Giant?  IF that means… draw 40,000+ to Kenan Jr in nice weather versus a “name opponent” then Yes.

If that means… “cause Dabo to lose sleep wondering what Mack is up to”… then No.

In Conclusion:  Would “that guy at Appy”… or “the guy at Memphis” … or “Hotshot Coordinator at …” … or “Whozit at Troy”… be better suited  than Mack Brown to lead UNC Football for the foreseeable 5+-year future ?  I don’t think so.

After all…

Mack Brown already knows how many Choos in Choo Choo… and Sally will buy him a copy of Look Homeward Angel to place prominently in his office… right next to that brand new fish tank.

Will Mack be clever enough to keep that copy of Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel opened to the classic line… “You Can’t Go Home Again.” … OUCH!

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Judge Jeanine

Shouldn’t this column be titled The Carolina Way 2.0 Returns or TGU Rides Again? What are the odds (over/under) of major NCAA violations within next 3-5 years? Perhaps Mueller can start investigating the Flagship in 2019 since his current gig is about to wrap it up …

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JD

I will define success.

Mack I need you to never lose at home to State, and win at least half of the time at Carter Finley.

You can never ever ever lose to DOOK EVER.

Now for the rest of the schedule. No blowout loses and win enough to go to a bowl game ever year.

You do that and the job is yours forever.

Larry thought beating FSU and Miami would impress us. Well it did but it was soon forgotten as soon as he lost to the neighbors every damn time.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

BL,

The NCAA record for a team playing three consecutive games that resulted in the termination of a coach, within one week of the game has been surpassed….. State will have a solid Ripley’s record.
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This was noted and researched within 2 hours of Scotty’s announcement.
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AD Yow will ask Bubba if we can consult with the UNC “Banner Text Writer” for the Dean Dome to come up with a suitable Plaque for CF.
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Will wait to see if we are 3 – 0 before ordering.
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Dabo can’t even come close here….

John A.
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John A.

“Crossing the Rubicon” ?? The difference is (or was) that Caesar was ‘crossing the Rubicon’ in defiance of the Roman Senate. Hence, the subsequent Roman Civil War which propelled Caesar from Governor of one province to Emperor. Whereas Mack Brown is being welcomed as a returning hero by the PTB in Chapel Hill and, seemingly, most Tar Heel fans. The phrase — ‘crossing the rubicon’ — connotes some risky decision or course of action which once it is made can’t be undone. There’s no serious opposition to Mack Brown returning as UNC’s football coach and I can’t see what real… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Are fans in the Triangle neighborhood really content with 7-5 8-4 seasons and just beating a hated rival every year or so? Does it ever suddenly dawn on fans that “we’re stuck with our coach and average record” or getting to Shreveport occasionally, especially if the hated rival is bowling in tropical locations? Fan envy is like that pesky neighbor who suddenly gets cosmetic surgery, buys a luxury sports car, builds a new addition, adds a swimming pool, starts vacationing in The Bahamas, or heaven forbid moves ITB. Keeping up with the Jones’ is OK as long as they don’t… Read more »

Former96heel
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Former96heel

Thomas Wolfe knew Micki K? The things I learn here!

fayettewuf
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fayettewuf

I only read Look Homeward Angel but apparently Thomas was frequent visitor to houses of ill repute in Durham, Raleigh and Salisbury. I think he wrote about one in Paris.
I think you are right about Mack being a good choice at this stage.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Need someone to compile the NCAA data base records.

Is THIS a new record for a single NCAA FB season?

Three ( 3 ) NCAA FB games where coaches have been recently fired.

Two ( 2 ) NCAA FB games where an interim coach was in charge.

If so, we, the Wolf Pack, might start hanging banners….ala a certain rival’s penchant to fill the rafters.

fayettewuf
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fayettewuf

Actually, You Can’t Go Home Again was another book by Wolfe rather than a line in Look Homeward Angel. But Mack apparently can. Mack might want to think about what Heraclitus said about the impossibility of stepping into the same river twice. Got me thinking about the CEO style of college coaching. Typically those type coaches are dependent on the assistants and coordinators for success. His hires will be interesting.

Doug
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Doug

Scotty Montgomery was fired today and will not coach against the Wolfpack Saturday. Does Mack need a OC?

58 Wolf Kennel
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58 Wolf Kennel

This might be your greatest overall blog yet, especially considering the intelligent responses and the Brown subject mater. . Thanks also to NCSU69 for the real insight into the Maryland situation as well as snippets from the Louisville situation. . I’ll take Porgy’s tickets for Saturday and don’t think it’s a bust (unless ECU rallies strongly in their bowl game or save-a-coach game. . Was down in Austin when Brown was riding high at Texas, and State beat the Longhorns on two late blocked punts. Even did a photo essay which I presented to Chancellor Fox and our promoted quarterback… Read more »

Ashley Overton
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Ashley Overton

I never much cared for the Visigoths myself

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

BL, Enough, by those more enlightened, has been said or will be said at the NEW and REINVENTED MACK 2.0 . I liken it to the genius(s) (who were never PUBLICLY NAMED for their and their family’s protection) that came up and marketed THE NEW COKE. I think that “might be an omen”….but certainly do NOT wish UNC any ill luck. The question is….Is MACK the “Return of the CLASSIC” in that his two replacements – the BUTCHER and the HAT were not well received or is MACK 2.0 the NEW taste, as in Coke. Time and pundits will tell.… Read more »

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

“Mack Brown has crossed the Rubicon”

It doesn’t quite ‘sing’ the same was as in 49BC.

OldWuf Vet
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OldWuf Vet

I’ve got a couple of tickets to the ECU game Saturday if you’re interested ????. Seems all the folks eager to attend a game with us (kids included) have found something else to do. Seemed like a good idea back in September to schedule another game. Several noon starts, a couple of WTH losses, multiple 2 hr trips to Raleigh have tempered the enthusiasm. The prospect of sitting in CF in a cool rain even has Mrs Wuf Vet making other plans. A warm, dry BBall game (or a refund) sounds like a lot more fun…..

Porgie
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Porgie

Yes, I saw about Mrs. Mock. Do not listen to DG on a regular basis, only when in my car and some controversy involving my Wolfpack or that other school has occurred. I have often wondered how many shoulder surgeries he has had for throwing his arm out patting himself on the back. Story out that Ga Tech will also be in coach search mood

Porgie
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Porgie

After reading and hearing the accounts of the local media concerning the re-hiring of MB, and also the verbage from your radio buddy (you know the one that constantly reminds you that he is a lawyer), I have concluded that I will be saving a considerable amount of money in the coming years. There will be no need to invest in football tickets as my Wolfpack will only be getting those 1* & 2* recruits in the future. All the talent will be headed to Orange County. So why bother. I will follow your lead and watch on the big… Read more »

rowdybluetarheeler
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rowdybluetarheeler

what I need to know – will the Carolina Blue ’57 Thunderbird be coming back too?

William Brockman
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William Brockman

Nary a ripple was felt “way down the Mississippi, down in New Orleens” at the anointing of Mr. Brown to lead the “sleeping giant” back to FB glory in Shreveport. Now, if one of the assistants he manages to retain is David Aranda, that will cause not just ripples but an explosion! . On a serious note, I have to believe that any true blue TarHeel remembers “Look Homeward Angel.” Even though it has been over 50 years, I still remember that centerpiece of English 101, the premier freshman flunk out course. I remember, too, the pride with which the… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

How ironic that DES -unintentionally I think- started TGU and for what became the greatest eligibility scandal in NCAA history. Leaving it to too many wayward disciples and secretaries with not so good intentions to interpret, misuse and distort it. The money paid to big time FB & BB coaches these days is the same for winning or losing. It’s an even better gig for a last stop coach.

ncsu1987
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ncsu1987

Brilliant move by Bubba. Risk is relatively low, so long as expectations are kept in check. Price was a bargain for a former P5 coach with a national championship on the resumé. Comments so far are in line with expectation, though I was a little surprised to hear Mack saying “not a rebuild, win now…” That’s NOT the way to manage expectations, imho, but hey, what do I know. . I believe you are absolutely right concerning the modus operandi – Mack will be CEO. The ultimate fate of Bubba’s gamble will depend on two eventualities: . 1) Can Mack… Read more »