North Carolina Should Consider Firing Mack Brown
Before you get ready to hit me with a sledgehammer, just please hear me out before you lash out. Yes, North Carolina had a pretty good year. 9-4 and a trip to the ACC Title game isn’t terrible. Neither is recruiting good talent including a nice young stud quarterback in the form of Drake Maye. Mack Brown isn’t totally failing at North Carolina and I understand that.
However, I’m about to show you something that should boil your blood cause it happened to me. I think Mack Brown exposed himself as a terrible head coach that’s getting by from winning some recruiting battles. UNC got trounced by Clemson 39-10 in the ACC Title game in a game that was over as soon as Cade Klubnik entered the game. We now know why that happened.
“No. Cade had played very little all year and when he went in at Notre Dame, I think he threw an interception. So we totally thought we would see DJ because they hadn’t changed all year,” Brown said following the game. “We stopped them the first two times. DJ was struggling. That’s exactly what we thought would happen and hope would happen because he’s played good at times. But he didn’t play well last week and he was really struggling. They weren’t trying to run the ball. We thought they would try to line up and run the ball down our throat like Notre Dame did. But then Cade came in and hit 20 of 24 and 10 of 11 in the first half and really played great.”
First, credit to the reporter for asking the question. Second… he said WHAT? No. I’m sorry but you can’t get away with this. I appreciate Brown’s honesty here but this is so egregious that I don’t know how to properly explain it because I’m uncontrollably made.
The talk around Clemson all week leading up to the game was around how much game action Klubnik was going to see. Klubnik is a five-star recruit and the number one quarterback in the country during last signing period. Given the struggles of DJ Uiagalelei (who is now and was always going to be in the Portal) yeah, I’d say odds were pretty high that Klubnik was going to see the field. Keep in mind, Klubnik had appeared in seven games to that point and was the favorite to start next year as it is.
To suggest that you weren’t going to prepare for that guy at all is admitting that you’re stupid. There is no other way to put it. Mack Brown makes $5 million per year to be prepared. To suggest otherwise is pathetic and it’s not a guy that should have a long leash when it comes to job security.
For now Brown is still recruiting well but if I’m a player and I see these quotes, there’s not a shot I’m going to UNC. For what? To come up short cause my coach doesn’t do his job? It can’t happen and I wouldn’t tolerate it if I was someone in that locker room.
Side note: I did not include the ACC game in my stock report notes but you can check them out here. Still plenty of great draft info for everyone.