|Mack brown's remarkable recored as a head football coach reflects success at every level, including the rare accomplishment of building top-ten programs at two different institutions. The 2005 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year achieved the crown jewel of his career when his Texas Longhorns claimed the 2005 BCS National Championship with at dramatic 41-38 victory over Southern Cal in the 2006 Rose Bowl in what many have called the greatest bowl game ever played.|
With the victory, the Longhorns' 20th ina row and their second straight Rose Bowl championship, Brown became the winningest coach in college football for the 10-year period from 1996 through 2005, including two seasons at North Carolina and eight at Texas.
In more than 30 years of coaching, he served as head coach at Appalachian State and Tulane before moving to North Carolina in 1988, taking the Tar Heels from a 2-20 record to a National Championship contender ten years later.
He arrived at Texas in 1998 and immediately began restoring the Longhorn program, producing winning teams and energizing the fans with a positive attitude. He formed a bond with Texas high school coaches and embraced Texas tradition by honoring former Longhorn players and coaches.
Brown challenged his players to excel both on the playing field and in the classroom. Fifty-two members of teh 2005 team posted at least a 3.0 grade point average, and 16 of his 32 seniors had already achieved their degrees by the time they played in the National Championship game. Team members are involved with youngsters in Austin schools, and routinely visit area children's hospitals.
Mack and his wife, Sally, have four children: sons Matt and Chris Jessee and daughters Katherine and Barbara Brown.
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One Heartbeat II: The Road to the National Championship