Carolina Football will have more than one new look in 2018.
Funny thing about college football coaching staffs. They seem to turn over in the middle of the night without anyone outside of the program noticing. UNC has lost three assistant coaches off its 3-9 team last season, and only one of them – a big one, Gunter Brewer – made the light of day.
The veteran Brewer, co-offensive coordinator with Chris Kapilovic, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, is leaving his second stint at UNC and ten years total to join the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, where he will be reunited with former Tar Heel star Mack Hollins.
Defensive backs coach Terry Joseph and running backs coach DeAndre Smith are apparently gone after one season here, or at least their names no longer grace the official staff page on GoHeels.com. Few teams have a losing year without mysteriously losing some coaches, and for Joseph and Smith it was a cup of coffee after a combined 16 previous stops.
The new additions are Henry Baker, who has coached on the defensive side for most of his career, Luke Paschall, an offensive coach at other schools, and former Tar Heel great linebacker Tommy Thigpen, who will obviously coach the LBs in his return to UNC after working under Carl Torbush, John Bunting and Butch Davis. All of them are now labeled as assistant coaches, which means specific assignments have not yet been made public.
So, by my count, there are nine coaches under Larry Fedora, who will also need to hire a replacement for Brewer to round out his staff of ten.
So, we will go into the summer with questions about who are these new guys coaching and who will play quarterback and who will replace a veteran secondary and who might be the brand new faces we’ll see on the field in the fall.
Right now, three staff additions are coming and those silver bench seats are going. And, oh yes, season tickets – with some very nice incentives – are on sale. No buzz in the air quite yet.