It was no surprise to see former offensive coordinator Blake Anderson finally depart from under the wings of head coach Larry Fedora a few weeks ago when he took the job at Arkansas State. However, it was a bit of a surprise when recruiting guru and tight ends coach Walt Bell announced his decision to go with Anderson to be the offensive coordinator. Especially considering Bell was considered to be the next in line for the same position at UNC with Anderson leaving.
However, both coaches are gone and the Tar Heels will more than likely not be promoting from within and will search for a new offensive coordinator else where. While no names have been rumored or linked to the UNC opening, one name stands out as a very possible hire for UNC and Fedora. Former Southern Miss offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt who is currently the wide receivers coach at Texas…or was – considering Mack Brown’s staff may or may not stay with Charlie Strong.
Darrell Wyatt coached under Fedora at Southern Miss as the associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and wide receivers coach for two seasons before taking the co-offensive coordinator job with the Kansas Jayhawks in 2010.
Wyatt has spent that last three season with the Texas Longhorns under head coach Mack Brown as the wide receivers coach – and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator this season. Brown stepped down this season from his post to retire and Texas has hired Louisville’s Charlie Strong to take over. No word if any of Brown’s staff will remain at Texas or not, but you can’t expect many will remain if any.
Wyatt’s previous experience with Fedora and knowledge of Fedora’s playbook and coaching style are good things to bet on. His knowledge of Fedora’s playbook will make it an easy transition to come in and take a position he has several years of experience at as an co-coordinator without having to learn a completely new playbook. Wyatt would also be an “outsider” coming from Texas to join the staff at North Carolina.
His previous experience of working with Fedora and familiarities are key to Wyatt potentially become coordinator at UNC. This is a hire that wouldn’t come as a surprise to me, but only time will tell before the cards fall into place.
North Carolina is expected to make an official hire for the offensive coordinator position once sometime in the next two months once the dead period for recruiting ends.