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Linville Home of Former College Football Coach Mack Brown Burns Down, Only Chimneys Left Standing

By Jesse Wood

Sept. 23, 2014. The Avery County home of Mack Brown, a former football coach for Appalachian State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Texas, burned down in late August, according to a number of media outlets in Texas.

A message to Avery County Fire Marshall David Vance went unreturned on Tuesday morning.

Vance told the Austin Business Journal that Brown’s home near Grandfather Lake at 689 Spillway Drive in Linville was a total loss and all that was left standing were two chimneys.

The fire, which a cause has yet to be determined, was reported at nearly 11 p.m. on Aug. 26, and when firefighters arrived on the scene flames were visible from the roof of the 3,000 to 4,000 square foot house, according the journal.

Brown took to Twitter in September to thank those for their “thoughts and prayers about the loss of our house.”

The Austin Business Journal also reported that with Brown moving several memorabilia items from his Austin home to the house in Linville, “scores of college football memorabilia Brown collected in his long coaching career” was wiped out in the fire.

Mack Brown coached at Appalachian State University in 1983.

Correction: Spillway Drive is not located in Grandfather Golf and Country Club. It’s located near Grandfather Lake.