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Fedora, UNC keeping distractions at bay ahead of Belk Bowl

Posted December 18, 2013

UNC head coach Larry Fedora during play at Kenan Stadium between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Boston College Eagles on October 26, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

With 10 days left until his Tar Heels take on Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, University of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday that he isn't focused on any distractions associated with the end of the regular season – most notably, the constant talk about the ever-evolving college coaching landscape.  

Fedora wouldn't comment on speculation that he is a candidate for the head coaching position at the University of Texas, a position held by former UNC head coach Mack Brown until he stepped down on Friday. 

"I never talk about speculation and jobs," Fedora told Mark Thomas on 620 AM The Buzz. "I'm very excited about this opportunity to be in the Belk Bowl and continue to work with this football team. I want to make sure these seniors go out on a winning note."

The fact that Fedora's seniors even have the chance to end their careers on a high note against the Bearcats is an example of ignoring distractions, he said. Two months ago, the Tar Heels were 1-5 and had lost four straight. 

"We talk about distractions throughout the season. There are a lot of people out there on Twitter telling people what needs to be done," he said. "Our guys have done a good job not paying attention to those and going to work each week."

Since an Oct. 17 loss to Miami, the UNC offense, which lost starting quarterback Bryn Renner for the season against North Carolina State, has taken off, averaging better than 41 points per game.

Led by backup Marquise Williams, the Tar Heels capped a five-game win streak on Nov. 23 with an 80-point outburst against Old Dominion. The only loss in the final six weeks of the season came to Duke, as the Blue Devils beat the Heels 27-25 on Nov. 30 to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game.

Fedora said Wednesday that Williams, the rest of the team and his assistants deserve much of the credit for keeping the team "together" and focused when the team was 1-5.

"Coach (Blake) Anderson and the offensive staff get credit for putting together game plans that would make this thing work," Fedora said of the transition once Williams became the full-time starter. "Marquise really did a good job himself each and every week. He was preparing to be the starter long before (Renner's injury). I'm proud of the way he played. It's opened up things for our offense, and it's made us a better team."

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  • Dubble EE Dec 18, 10:28 p.m.

    Longshot or not....Fedora will bolt if they offer.

    He dang near took the Tennessee job.

    After only 1 year in Chapel Hill.

    That's all the loyalty you need to see.

  • tarheelbb1 Dec 18, 8:27 p.m.

    http://www.burntorangenation.com/football/2013/12/15/5211824/texas-longhorns-coaching-search-candidates-jimbo-fisher-art-briles

    This one is more current. His name is out there, allbeit a long shot.

  • tarheelbb1 Dec 18, 8:21 p.m.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1766578-an-exhaustive-list-of-possible-replacements-for-texas-coach-mack-brown

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Dec 18, 8:00 p.m.

    Did Fedora start this rumor?

    — Posted by buco

    Hahaha....exactly

  • Innsbruck Dec 18, 7:49 p.m.

    Not sure why there is any speculation on Fedora going to UT. There is much chatter on the topic... View More

    — Posted by KevInApex

    After the whole Tennessee deal last year, how can you not assume he will jump ship for the right... View More

    — Posted by Dubble EE

    Do we really know this to be the truth or is the Raleigh media gonna make stuff up like they did in this blog starting in December every year? Gnaw on that for a bit.

  • Innsbruck Dec 18, 7:41 p.m.

    Who wrote this blog? No one has attached their name to it that I can see. Anyway, NOBODY is talking about Larry Fedora being the next head coach at the University of Texas at Austin. NOBODY.

  • jdupree Dec 18, 7:36 p.m.

    Big city lights of Charlotte can really distract!

  • Dubble EE Dec 18, 6:51 p.m.

    Not sure why there is any speculation on Fedora going to UT. There is much chatter on the topic... View More

    — Posted by KevInApex

    After the whole Tennessee deal last year, how can you not assume he will jump ship for the right offer? I know he will. That's why it's so hard for me to be behind him 100%.

    I love Fedora as a coach and it's obvious he knows what he is doing. That's been proven. But he is not 100% dedicated to UNC. Now....he will do his job to the best of his ability. That's how he is made. So we will get the best of his effort.

    Just know that every off-season we will get the same rumors and speculation...especially after the win totals pick up.

    The most that UNC can hope for is that with the increasing wins and high scoring offense that the school will become more attractive to coaches who seek a program they can remain with for a long time. So we enjoy the success with Fedora...build on that....and turn the keys over to another offensive coach who can maintain what has been built when Fedora leaves.

  • Alex25 Dec 18, 6:16 p.m.

    UNC is well known now for Cheating:: www.unccheats.com and www.carolinasucks.com

    help ilucidate some of the decades of lies, deceit and outright cheating. All about Image at UNCCH. lol

  • heelgrad1978 Dec 18, 4:37 p.m.

    The Belk Bowl again. So much for us being a BCS Darkhorse. Good job Larry, please go to Texas.

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