Mack Brown loves being ‘criminally underrated’ going into 2022

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Things are a little different for the UNC football program this offseason compared to where they were last year going into ACC Media Day.

The Tar Heels were a team that many picked to win the Coastal Division a year ago and they were even ranked as a preseason Top 10 team. But they faced a harsh reality right away in Week 1 and the season didn’t turn out as planned. This year, it’s the opposite as the Tar Heels aren’t being hyped up and head coach Mack Brown thinks they are underrated and he’s okay with that.

Brown met the media in Charlotte on Thursday as it was the Coastal Division’s turn to meet the media. When asked about his team being criminally underrated, Brown is all for it.

“I love it because we were criminally overrated last year,” Brown said via Inside Carolina. “So I tried to get us to be the 130th team with the expectation this year, but we’re a little bit higher than that.”

The Tar Heels really struggled last year barely making a bowl game and then had a lackluster showing against South Carolina. But Brown also liked some things the team did a year ago as he noted.

“What last year’s team did really went unnoticed, the positive things they did,” Brown said via IC. “They beat Miami for a third time in a row. They beat Duke for a third time in a row. They beat a top ten Wake Forest team. There are a lot of great things we did, but what we didn’t do is we weren’t consistent, and that’s my fault.”

I’d have to agree with him in both statements. It’s way easier to enter a season with less pressure and usually those are the years where you can climb the rankings and surprise some.

Last year’s team just wasn’t ready for the spotlight and that showed in the Week 1 loss at Virginia Tech. Let’s hope things go better this time around.

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