Mack Brown accepted the North Carolina head football job earlier this week, only after consulting his wife, Sally. “She agreed to go with me to coach at three places — Hawaii, the Bahamas or Chapel Hill.”
Having seen Mack on Nov. 12 at the Little Rock (Ark.) Touchdown Club luncheon to honor local high school leaders, I could see there is plenty of meat still left on those 67-year-old bones. But like so many coaches, he’s not doing much without the support of a steadfast wife.
Reminded me of Darrell Royal’s Edith and Frank Broyles’ Barbara, prominent leaders in their coaching careers at Texas and Arkansas. (1976 photo). Strong men were backed by equally strong women. The two couples figure prominently in my forthcoming historical narrative “Beyond The Big Shootout — 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons.”
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