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Cunningham: We will not address coaching rumors

Posted December 5, 2012

A statement from the University of North Carolina Wednesday did little to quiet the whispers that head football coach Larry Fedora is a candidate for the open head coaching position at Tennessee. Several reports stated this week that Fedora, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy are the top candidates for the position.

A SB Nation report said Fedora, who was in New York for the National Football Association awards dinner, interviewed for the Tennessee position late Tuesday night.

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham acknowledged the rumors in a statement Wednesday, but said neither he nor Fedora would address the rumors.

"It's been my policy since I have been a director of athletics not to comment or engage in discussions regarding a coach's job until such time that there is a change in a coach's employment status. Speculation about the future employment status of a head coach can be detrimental to an athletic program.

“I frequently communicate with our head coaches about what they need to be successful at North Carolina. Whether a coach is highly successful or under inordinate pressure, it has been my policy to keep those conversations confidential, and I will continue my policy to not engage in any public discussion or speculation regarding employment. We work together to provide the best opportunities for our coaches and student-athletes," Cunningham stated.

CBS Sports reported Wednesday that Tennessee had offered the job to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy but he declined with intentions of staying at OSU. According to further CBS reports, UT has also offered Strong but Louisville is said to be working on a contract extension for him.

Fedora led the Tar Heels to an 8-4 record in his first season at North Carolina. Prior to coaching at UNC, Fedora spent four years at Southern Mississippi. His overall head coaching record is 42-23.

 

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 7, 7:12 a.m.

    It's all rumors and questionable "reporting" by bloggers (and Wolpfack fans) in their basements... View More

    — Posted by YGuides

    Yep. UNC in the news as having a sought after coach...que up the Red Ragers like SAC who said... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    So, you think he's just playing UNC to get a raise? After one year? Sounds like a hell of a... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Top secret clip from a phone call that Fedora made to Bubba...gotta get your bank while you can.

    View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    Best post here, Doctor!

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 8:47 p.m.

    Maybe you can tell me HOW UNC can prevent him from going anywhere Comrade Badger. This is not a... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    Offer him a cheating free environment where he's actually eligible to coach in bowl games!!

    — Posted by WolfPackInTheHizzouse

    Deflection there SACODolt. Can't make anyone stay anywhere. They even have trouble keeping... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    No doubt, and like people associated with the cesspool that is, chapel hell have said before...... View More

    — Posted by WolfPackInTheHizzouse

    Surprised at you being homophobic considering your membership in the NCSU GLBT club.

  • Hokies94 Dec 6, 8:45 p.m.

    It's all rumors and questionable "reporting" by bloggers (and Wolpfack fans) in their basements... View More

    — Posted by YGuides

    Yep. UNC in the news as having a sought after coach...que up the Red Ragers like SAC who said... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    So, you think he's just playing UNC to get a raise? After one year? Sounds like a hell of a... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Top secret clip from a phone call that Fedora made to Bubba...gotta get your bank while you can.

    View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    A classic ol Dr.

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 8:44 p.m.

    They addressed the rumor without addressing the rumor.

    With as much steam as this rumor has... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Maybe you can tell me HOW UNC can prevent him from going anywhere Comrade Badger. This is not a... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    Nobody is saying Fedora CAN'T leave. Or that UNC is trying to PREVENT him from leaving. IF... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Sure they are, Badger said UNC should come out and say that. Try reading that again. It's not UNCs job to come out and say WHAT FEDORA WILL DO. Last time I checked, free country.

    These boyz are playing the media, thats just the way it works. Hot coach wanted by multiple teams stays at UNC to show his love, and recruits eat it up. UNC will show him the money to keep him at this point, of course IMHTHO.
    Of course, I, unlike comrade Badger realize he can leave anytime he wants and no one can stop him.

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 8:40 p.m.

    It's all rumors and questionable "reporting" by bloggers (and Wolpfack fans) in their basements... View More

    — Posted by YGuides

    Yep. UNC in the news as having a sought after coach...que up the Red Ragers like SAC who said... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    So, you think he's just playing UNC to get a raise? After one year? Sounds like a hell of a... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Top secret clip from a phone call that Fedora made to Bubba...gotta get your bank while you can.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaiSHcHM0PA

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 8:35 p.m.

    Probably not as much as I enjoyed Gio fielding a punt back in Oct.

    — Posted by FourAutumn

    Hated it. But even I gotta admit, that was one AWESOME play for the Holes.

    Personally, the most... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Uh, you girlz are still paying him for the next few years. He don't have to stay in any... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    We bought out his contract so we could replace him.

    You paid Butch when the terms of the contract... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Uh...link? I see you are up to your speculatively hateful theories. You don't think Butch could have gotten more out of a book deal by spilling the beans? Sure he could, thats where you show how out of touch you are. Nothing else there, UNC decided to toss it all out instead of trying to salvage part of it. Legal expenses would have been pretty big, and UNC would have most likely lost as Butch was NEVER found to have directly done anything wrong. Contracts are still good even if you are a poor manager of a program. Put that in your court pipe and smoke it.

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 8:29 p.m.

    Probably not as much as I enjoyed Gio fielding a punt back in Oct.

    — Posted by FourAutumn

    Hated it. But even I gotta admit, that was one AWESOME play for the Holes.

    Personally, the most... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Uh, you girlz are still paying him for the next few years. He don't have to stay in any... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    Apples and oranges. TOB wasn't fired due to NCAA problems. BD wasn't fired due to failure at... View More

    — Posted by Unc r Hypocrits

    Potato, Potato! We are both paying for coaches that are not doing anything. The only reason they paid BD is they would have incurred a messy legal process and most likely ended up paying more after legal fees. Sometimes you gotta just bite the bullet, or in your case, the crabcake.

  • Hokies94 Dec 6, 6:01 p.m.

    Beamer has one of the longest tenures in collegiate football. 26 years at VT. He has been... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Wow - didn't know that about London. I would hope that Beamer lets some coaches go. I don't... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Beamer is totally accountable for this team. He slipped because he has allowed (some)coaches to... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    I remember our discussing Logan Thomas during the UNC/MD game. I reason I think Thomas may be... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Mark Lail is the back-up, and he didn't get hardly any time last season. We have a few others, but I don't know that much about them. Boyd and Manuel are from Virginia. If we could have snagged either one, we could be in great shape. Wishful thinking.

  • unc70 Dec 6, 3:47 p.m.

    What's the deal with forautumn and fourautomn around here these days?

  • TeaBagOnLove Dec 6, 3:43 p.m.

    Leave it to a University of No Class fan to bring up the doings of someone's adopted son.... View More

    Ah..so in your attempt to critique how folks talk about NCSU folks, you do the same thing about... View More

    — Posted by FourAutumn

    It's becoming apparent that you aren't playing with a full deck, but you do realize the... View More

    — Posted by chivegas

    Apparently you are having trouble following the conversation within the comment section of this article. While off topic, there was a post above mine questioning why Elizabeth leaving Mark was not news worthy. I simply provided yet another story that was ignored by WRAL.

    If this is a sore spot for you, then imagine how the family of the girl felt. Also, I would like to point out that Kevin Corchiani is an alum of NC State.

    Funny that I recall WRAL doing a puff piece a number of years ago about Kevin and his parents were all excited and embrassing of his achievements. Not three days after the assault arrest, they were at a Halloween Party living it up like nothing happened. Who needs a wake-up call now? Buh Bye Chivegas.

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