Why Mack Brown thinks UNC can beat Clemson in football next season

Since he was hired in November, UNC football coach Mack Brown has said that his team is not a rebuilding project and that he plans to win right way.

He took that a step further during a media availability Thursday night in Raleigh during a stop on the Tar Heel Tour, that involves Brown and UNC basketball coach Roy Williams traveling the state to talk to Rams Club members about what’s happening with their programs.

“We’re going to believe in our team, we’re going to be disciplined, we’re going to play hard every week, and we plan on winning every game,” Brown said.

The Tar Heels finished 2-9 last season, and 3-9 in 2017 under former coach Larry Fedora.

In the upcoming season, UNC will play South Carolina, Miami and most notably, Clemson, the 2019 national champion. The Tigers finished last season 15-0 and beat Alabama 44-16 in the national title game in January. Many of the Tigers’ best offensive players from that team, including star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, will return this fall.

UNC hosts Clemson on Sept. 28.

“Some of the fans will laugh and say, you play Clemson and I said, you know, ‘if you don’t believe you can beat the national champ then why play the game,’ ” Brown said. “So it’s not always the best team, it’s whoever plays best that day.”

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Although the Tar Heels have had losing records in the past two seasons, Brown thinks those teams were just a few plays away from having winning records.

Brown, who coached UNC from 1988 to 1997 and made the Tar Heels a prominent program then, has hopes to do the same this time around.

“What we’re planning on doing is being a good football team in the fall, give it everything we’ve got for our seniors and hope we can send them out with a great season,” Brown said.

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Jonathan M. Alexander has been covering the North Carolina Tar Heels since May 2018. He previously covered Duke basketball and recruiting in the ACC. He is an alumnus of N.C. Central University.
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