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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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  • StunGunn Dec 7, 2012

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    Best post here, Doctor!

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 2012

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

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 6, 2012

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    A classic ol Dr.

  • Dr. Feelgood Dec 6, 2012

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    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, 2012

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    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, 2012

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    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, 2012

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    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.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 6, 2012

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    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, 2012

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

  • TeaBagOnLove Dec 6, 2012

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    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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