Media outlets, former player indicate that Fedora could be new football coach

Dec. 6, 2011 5:48 pm

Update, as of 5:04 p.m. on Dec. 8: UNC has confirmed that Fedora will be head coach, pending Board of Trustees approval. Fedora will give a press conference Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.

Speculation emerged Tuesday that Larry Fedora, head football coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, is in talks to be named UNC’s new head football coach.

Steve Kirschner, UNC’s sports information director, said Tuesday afternoon that “there is nothing to confirm right now,” regarding a head coach appointment, but former UNC linebacker Mark Paschal Tweeted this morning that Fedora would be named Tuesday. Paschal later clarified his Tweet, writing that Fedora had been offered the job but wouldn’t necessarily be announced as head coach on Tuesday.

Paschal’s Tweet from this morning:

Inside Carolina and CBS Sports wrote Tuesday morning that Fedora would be picked as coach, although sources told WRAL that the decision was still up in the air. Fedora’s brother told The Daily Tar Heel on Tuesday afternoon that he hadn’t heard of his brother accepting any appointment.

Fedora has served as the head coach at Southern Mississippi since 2008, where he has compiled a 33-19 overall record and taken his team to four straight bowl games.

The University of Southern Mississippi has several locations, but the main campus sits in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It has an undergraduate enrollment of about 14,000 students, and the school plays in the Conference USA.

In his first year as head coach at Southern Mississippi, Fedora’s team broke 36 school records and ended the season on a five-game winning streak. The stadium has drawn record numbers of fans during Fedora’s tenure, averaging about 30,000 attendees a game.

If confirmed as UNC’s head coach, Fedora would replace interim Head Coach Everett Withers, who took over after UNC fired former Head Coach Butch Davis amid allegations of NCAA violations.

Before becoming head coach at Southern Mississippi, Fedora served on the coaching staffs at Oklahoma State University, the University of Florida, Middle Tennessee State University and the Air Force Academy. He attended Austin College as an undergraduate, where he played  wide receiver and earned academic All-American honors.