Larry Fedora

DeAndre Smith Hired as UNC Running Backs Coach

The UNC football team announced yet another major staff change on Thursday, after having to replace three coaches already in the offseason. Head coach Larry Fedora has brought in DeAndre Smith to be the Tar Heels’ new running backs coach this season–making him the first new staff member to join the offensive side of the ball. Previous running backs coach Larry Porter left Chapel Hill in mid-February to take the same job at Auburn. In Smith, Fedora and UNC will be receiving a man with 17 years of coaching experience. He has coached running backs at Purdue (2016) Syracuse (2013-15)...

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UNC Football Spring Game Set for April 8

College football has been gone for nearly two full months now, but the return of what has essentially become a year-round sport is right around the corner. UNC announced Thursday that it will begin spring practice on Feb. 28, leading up to its annual spring football game at Kenan Stadium on April 8. In total, the Tar Heels are scheduled to practice 13 times before taking the field for the spring game. During that time, there will be plenty of storylines that begin to take shape–both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The most important thing...

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Deke Adams Hired as UNC Defensive Line Coach

The UNC football team filled its lone remaining staff opening on Thursday, with the hiring of Deke Adams as the defensive line coach. Adams is a familiar face to Tar Heel fans, as he coached UNC’s defensive line in 2012 during Larry Fedora’s first season as head coach. His relationship with Fedora dates back to the head coach’s days at Southern Miss, where Adams was his defensive line coach from 2009 to 2011–before ultimately following him to coach the Tar Heels. Following his initial stint in Chapel Hill, Adams left to coach the defensive line at South Carolina for three...

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UNC Football Welcomes Eight New Players

For as much talent as the UNC football team has had to say good-bye to over the last few weeks–a group that includes the starting quarterback, top three receivers, top three tailbacks and top three offensive linemen–reinforcements can’t arrive soon enough. On Wednesday that process got underway, with eight new Tar Heels welcomed to campus as early enrollees–having graduated from high school a semester early to get their careers started in Chapel Hill. Those players include: tailback Michael Carter, wide receiver J.T. Cauthen, defensive lineman Xach Gill, offensive lineman Quiron Johnson, defensive lineman Jake Lawler, offensive lineman Jonah Melton, defensive...

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UNC D-Line Coach Tray Scott to Take Same Position at Ole Miss

The UNC football team received a major shake-up within its coaching staff over the weekend, as defensive line coach Tray Scott agreed to leave and take the same job at Ole Miss–where he was a graduate assistant back in 2012. In his first season with the Tar Heels in 2015, Scott was part of a staff that helped put together the most improved defensive unit in the country under new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. Those numbers took a bit of a step back this season, with UNC finishing 46th in the country in points allowed (24.9 per game) and...

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Stanford Stifles Trubisky and the Tar Heels, Holds On to Win Sun Bowl

With Friday’s Sun Bowl in El Paso seemingly viewed as an NFL Draft audition for UNC junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas and safety Dallas Lloyd decided they might as well steal some of the spotlight for themselves. Lloyd forced Trubisky into three turnovers in the No. 18 Cardinal’s 25-23 victory–while Thomas sacked the Ohio native on a potential game-tying two-point conversion with less than 30 seconds remaining. Head coach Larry Fedora made a controversial decision to punt with his team trailing late in the fourth quarter, but he was rewarded with a three-and-out by the...

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Sun Bowl Presents UNC Football A Chance to Change Recent Postseason History

In each of the last two years, the UNC football team has allowed late-season losses to bleed over into postseason play—leading to back-to-back embarrassing failures in bowl competition. After November losses to Duke and NC State derailed the Tar Heels’ ACC Championship hopes in 2016, quarterback Mitch Trubisky and company are hoping to rewrite the team’s recent history in Friday’s Sun Bowl against No. 18 Stanford. When UNC head coach Larry Fedora laid out the goals he had for his team this season, they were almost identical to last year’s. Fedora wanted the Tar Heels to repeat as ACC...

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Art’s Angle: Fedora’s Five

Larry Fedora is now 40-24 through five seasons at UNC with his fourth bowl game still to come in 2016. But, sadly, for Tar Heel fans he also has amassed a record of bad endings. While the current 8-4 season gives Fedora four winning teams in five tries, it is a bad year around here if you lose to both Duke and State. And Fedora’s Tar Heels did that for the first time this fall. Despite victories at Florida State and Miami and wins over two other FBS bowl-bound teams (Pitt and Georgia Tech), another poor finish is nevertheless...

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UNC Football Focused on NC State, with ACC Coastal Chances Still Alive

When the UNC football team welcomes its bitter rival—the NC State Wolfpack—into Kenan Stadium on Friday, the Tar Heels will have one final opportunity to try and play their way into the ACC Championship Game. Needing a win against State and a loss from Virginia Tech to do so, however, head coach Larry Fedora said he believes UNC is focused on the task at hand. The list of distractions the Tar Heels could face against NC State is enough to cause any team to fall into a trap scenario. There’s the obvious fact that they don’t control their own...

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Rejuvenated UNC Football Team Demolishes The Citadel 41-7

Having had over a week to process its disappointing loss at Duke last Thursday, the UNC football team found release valve for all of its anger on Saturday in the form of The Citadel. Although the Bulldogs arrived at Kenan Stadium as one of just two undefeated teams in the lower-tier FCS, the clearly motivated Tar Heels sent them back to Charleston with a crushing 41-7 loss. It was the second time in a three-week span UNC faced a school with a triple-option offensive attack, after defeating Georgia Tech two weeks ago. While the Yellow Jackets were able to...

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