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Mack Brown roasted for clock management in loss

Mack Brown roasted for clock management in loss

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The North Carolina Tar Heels were upset at Virginia Tech in their season opener Friday, and many pointed the finger directly at Tar Heels coach Mack Brown.

The 14th-ranked Tar Heels appeared to be well-positioned to at least try to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. Down 17-10, North Carolina took over at its own 13 with all three timeouts remaining. The drive moved methodically into Virginia Tech territory, but a good bit of time came off the clock as the Tar Heels ran the ball multiple times.

On 1st-and-10 from the Virginia Tech 43, D.J. Jones ran the ball three yards down to the 40. The clock showed 1:11 at the end of the play, but Brown didn’t use timeout despite still having all three left. Half a minute ran off the clock before the next play, which saw North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell resort to a desperation throw under heavy pressure that was intercepted.

Brown was left with 37 seconds and all three timeouts, but that was rendered a moot point when Virginia Tech’s Tre Turner ran for 12 yards and a first down on the next play. Still, Brown only then decided to use his timeouts despite the game being effectively over.

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Brown’s clock management was roasted after the game, with many wondering why the coach was so reluctant to use his timeouts on offense only to burn them quickly in garbage time.



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