Well for the time being, North Carolina has retained their football coach. I’m not 100% positive what contact there was between Larry Fedora and the University of Tennessee football program, but regardless, the Tar Heels program will not serve as a launching pad to “greener pastures” this offseason.
For a guy like Fedora to stay at North Carolina instead of jumping at the chance to inherit the reigns to a SEC school with a national championship in its pedigree speaks volumes to the kind of person and coach he is. Fedora clearly thinks he has something special here at North Carolina.The Carolina football program has always been a potential sleeping giant in the eyes of those who watch college football closely. The school has the resources, the facilities, a good pipeline network for recruits and the name to be just as successful at football as they are with every other sport. For whatever reason (minus Mack Brown), no one has been able to capitalize. Enter Coach Fedora.
The former Southern Miss head coach came in with an entirely new scheme. He revamped a completely boring offense and gave the Tar Heels an avenue to put a lot of points on the board. He took a team that had been living in the world of a pro style offense for over five seasons, a style they were experienced with, but could never progress with and led them to an unofficial division title all in his first season. The future only seems to be brighter.
In his first full offseason as head coach in Chapel Hill, Fedora has landed a top 15 recruiting class according to ESPN. He’s grabbed guys on both the offensive and defensive end of the ball that will be able to be impact players for years to come. To me this is impressive that he’s been able to sell Carolina to 18 great recruits without having been in town a full calendar year. Can you imagine how well he will be able to recruit with a couple of seasons under his belt? To me, the possibilities are endless.
The offense was ranked in the top ten nationally here in Chapel Hill for the first time probably ever. The team scored 40 ppg and did it with players recruited to play a pro style offense. Now Fedora is getting his own recruits in to mix with a reloaded offensive unit that boasts experience in the system. Can we expect 50 ppg next year? It’s a compelling thought. The defense is a different story completely and it doesn’t help that they lose two major contributors in Kevin Reddick and Sylvestor Williams, but those who are returning will have a better understanding on the general scheme and how to read the offenses. They can only get better under Fedora’s guidance.
I love the possibilities that Fedora has brought to a Carolina football team that didn’t know what a division title was. I just hope he really wants to be here for the long haul. Carolina nation could definitely use him.