After a long, arduous search by UNC to find Butch Davis’ replacement, the Tar Heels have found their man. That man would be Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora, who was rumored by many sources to be the leading candidate for the Texas A&M job. Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal reported earlier this evening that North Carolina has officially announced Fedora will replace Butch Davis.
The 49-year-old Fedora was offered the position in New York late Monday night by new UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham, but it is believed that out of respect for the Golden Eagles he planned to return to Hattiesburg, Miss. to inform Southern Miss. about his departure.
The Fedora choice comes as a bit of a surprise to me, as I believed Auburn OC Gus Malzahn would have been the perfect choice. Malzahn is an offensive genius and could easily turn UNC’s troubled program around and make them competitive in the ACC. He made Auburn relevant in the SEC and in time has the ability to lead the Tar Heels to the top of the ACC, but I suppose it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m not taking any credit away from Fedora either, but his stock price is at all-time highs right now, coming off a huge victory against Kevin Sumlin’s Houston Cougars in the Conference USA championship last weekend. I guess he’s a perfect example that one game can make all the difference.