Rumors are that North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora was going to interview today at the University of Tennessee after just one year at Chapel Hill. Andrew Carter is reporting that UNC is stating that no contact between Tennessee and Carolina has occurred in regards to Fedora, but even he admits that might not mean much.
— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) December 4, 2012
It is a common misconception that one must seek permission to interview a coach of another team and that is simply not true though it is typically a courtesy that is given. So we now have conflicting reports which begs the question, would Fedora really leave?
Many may not want to hear this but I think the answer is yes. He has a seven year contract at $1.7 million per year with a $2.35 million buyout. If another program wanted to pay his buyout and give him enough money per year to uproot from Carolina after a solid first season and success in recruiting then it might be worth taking a look at for Fedora.
Many people like their jobs though most don’t, in coaching sure the coaches love coaching and I’m sure Fedora has already grown fond of UNC. However he wouldn’t do it for free and the most powerful reason why everyone works is the paycheck. If Tennessee is willing to increase his salary enough and Fedora believes the best thing for his family would be to take the job which oh by the way is much more high profile why wouldn’t he? Don’t be fooled into thinking loyalties would run too deep for the man to take a huge pay increase, before you do that ask yourself would you?