Larry Fedora

UNC Training Camp: Offense Still Searching for Separation

Eight days and one scrimmage into UNC’s fall training camp, if there’s one thing clear about head coach Larry Fedora’s Tar Heel offense—it’s that nothing is very clear. Fedora was in peak form following practice on Thursday, answering a crowd of reporters bluntly when asked if there’s been any separation on that side of the ball to this point—at any position on the depth chart. “No,” the coach said, matter-of-factly. “No clarity yet.” Four quarterbacks are still competing to win the starting job. No skill position player other than senior wide receiver Austin Proehl is a lock to earn...

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Defense Expected to Play Much Bigger Role for UNC Football in 2017

During Larry Fedora’s five-year stint as UNC’s head football coach, the Tar Heels have made great strides as a program. The main reason why has been Fedora’s high-octane offensive system—which has shattered numerous scoreboards and school records along the way.  Defense, on the other hand, has not always been the team’s strong suit. Entering 2017, however, The Tar Heel offense faces a number of glaring question marks–having to replace eight starters, including the quarterback. This fact has served as major motivation for a defense which has plenty of talent, but underwent a number of staff changes during the offseason....

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Quarterback Competition Highlights Opening of UNC Training Camp

As UNC opened up its 2017 training camp Wednesday morning, all outside eyes were focused on the competition brewing at the most important position in team sports. Mitch Trubisky is not walking out onto the field at Kenan Stadium this year, and everyone knows it. Head coach Larry Fedora must instead try and replace the No. 2 overall pick of this past spring’s NFL Draft with one of four quarterbacks each fighting to stake their claim over the Tar Heel offense. Graduate transfer Brandon Harris–who played three seasons at LSU before coming to Chapel Hill over the summer–is the...

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UNC Reinstates Allen Artis to Football Team

Linebacker Allen Artis was reinstated to the UNC football team on Thursday, after misdemeanor charges for sexual battery and assault against a female student were dismissed. Artis was arrested last fall after playing in two games for the Tar Heels, which led to his indefinite suspension from the team. The events that led to the arrest happened in February of 2016. However, Artis claimed he and the woman had consensual sex and that there was no wrongdoing. Charges were dismissed last week by Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall–who said, “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of...

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UNC Approves Contract Extension for Larry Fedora

A contract extension for UNC head football coach Larry Fedora–a deal which would keep him in Chapel Hill through the 2022 season–was approved Thursday by the university’s Board of Trustees. The agreement will pay Fedora just under $3.4 million in salary over the next six seasons, plus almost $13.3 million in supplemental compensation. Fedora will also receive $50,000 each year as an expense allowance. Additional monetary incentives are also included should Fedora win a Coach of the Year award or if UNC were to win the Coastal Division Championship, ACC Championship or appear in a prestigious bowl game. “We...

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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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