Mack Brown emerges as front-runner for North Carolina job

Would Mack Brown be a good fit with the Tar Heels again? (1:06)

Chris Low discusses why North Carolina is interested in hiring Mack Brown for another run as head coach for the Tar Heels. (1:06)

Mack Brown has emerged as a front-runner to return to North Carolina as head coach, and the two sides are engaged in talks to try to finalize a deal, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Inside Carolina reported Monday that UNC had reached a deal with Brown, who coached the Tar Heels from 1988 to '97. But multiple sources told ESPN that as of Monday afternoon, the deal has not been finalized.

Brown, 67, is 244-122-1 in 30 seasons as a head coach. He is part of the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class and won the 2005 national championship at Texas.

Brown, who has served as an ESPN college football analyst for the past five years, was 69-46-1 at North Carolina during his first stint and led the Tar Heels to winning seasons in each of his last eight years, including top-10 finishes in the polls his last two seasons in 1996 and 1997.

Brown would replace Larry Fedora, who was fired Sunday after going 45-43 in seven seasons at UNC.

Brown needs four wins at North Carolina to pass Dick Crum (72) for the most victories in program history. Brown is currently tied with Bill Dooley for the second-most wins in program history with 69.

ESPN's Chris Low, Adam Rittenberg and ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.