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.