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In-state talent priority for Fedora in recruiting

Posted December 12, 2011

— Keeping the university’s name in conversation and keeping the local talent in state are two priorities for Larry Fedora, who was named the new head football coach for the University of North Carolina last week.

“We have to create some momentum and we have to keep that momentum rolling,” said Fedora Monday joining Mark Thomas on Mark and Mike, The Insiders, on 620 AM The Buzz. “That’s very important, that people are talking about UNC football across the state because we’re behind in recruiting right now. We’ve got a long way to go. Of the top 15 players in the state of North Carolina, none of them are committed to North Carolina and that’s crazy.”

He himself may not be crazy, but Fedora showed the fans and supporters of Chapel Hill during his introductory press conference Friday that he doesn’t lack energy or enthusiasm. Fedora made it clear during the 45-minute reception that UNC is a marketable product and that players should want to play at the school – especially in-state players.

“All the great players in the state of North Carolina have to come to the University of North Carolina,” Fedora reiterated Monday. “We have a great product to sell, it’s getting out there and building relationships with those kids, their high school coaches, their families and making sure they can reach every dream and goal that they have right there in the state.”

Fedora said he will stay clear of the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26, allowing interim head coach Everett Withers to finish what he started this year but then get to the campus and get to work shortly thereafter.

“Coach Withers and that staff have done a tremendous job in such very difficult conditions throughout the entire year,” Fedora said. “I don’t want to take away from anything that they are doing.”

Fedora will be coaching his last game with Southern Miss Dec. 24 in the Hawaii Bowl. After guiding his team to an 11-2 record this season and four consecutive winning seasons in Hattiesburg, Miss., Fedora said that leaving his team was one of the hardest things he’s ever done. UNC introduces new football coach Fedora says recruiting the state of NC is an advantage

“It was very difficult because it was my first head coaching job and I poured my heart and soul into this program,” Fedora said. “I love each and every one of these kids and I always will. And I’m going to be there for them the rest of their lives.”

The new UNC head coach said that a winning season and a bowl appearance will not be considered a successful year as the UNC program moves forward. His goals are loftier and resemble a Tar Heels coach of the past.

“When you’re winning 11 games you are doing something right,” Fedora said. “Mack (Brown) had a lot of guys on his roster from the state of North Carolina. He did a great job of getting kids to stay at home. .. We have to have in the kids in the state of North Carolina wanting to be at the University of North Carolina.”

Summing up how he plans on keeping players in-state, Fedora said a big part of it is keeping people talking about it.

“Everybody that’s out there listening, they have to create a buzz across the entire state about what’s going on at the University of North Carolina,” Fedora said. “They have to keep that going; it’s got to be talked about at the beauty salons, at the barber shops, at the feed stores, at the gas stations. Everybody has to be talking about North Carolina football and every one of those recruits, whether it’s their aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers, moms and dads, they hear that positiveness and you know what, it starts piquing their interest.”

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 14, 10:06 a.m.

    Good one TBK.

    — Posted by wjuliang

    and a wolfie to second it

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    wjuliang is a Hole, not a Wolfie!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Now that's funny when we can't keep fans and their schools straight:)

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Notice Rdi never said anything else about it. Heh heh!

  • heelsforever Dec 13, 9:53 p.m.

    If UNC was serious about academics, they would have eliminated the crip course in African... View More

    — Posted by jdupree

    If they tried to do away with that particular program the backlash from the black community would create a much bigger stink for UNC than any football mess ever could. Now, I fully believe that professor kangaroo should be in the middle of the process to remove a tenured professor from the staff.

  • heelsforever Dec 13, 9:43 p.m.

    Look out for the JUCO transfers.He had 20+ at So. Miss on this years roster.You do what ya gotta... View More

    — Posted by TwKaMF

    I'm guesing he won't be able to use many JUCO's at Carolina, if any, due to admissions.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 13, 8:05 p.m.

    Idea for a new article: Fedora is said to have taken a shower this morning, after sleeping... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Good one TBK.

    — Posted by wjuliang

    and a wolfie to second it

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    wjuliang is a Hole, not a Wolfie!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Now that's funny when we can't keep fans and their schools straight:)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 13, 6:57 p.m.

    "Already getting tired of the Fedora articles. I guess they're to be expected since he was... View More

    — Posted by Rapid Deployment

    There is nothing ironic about that at all. Care to explain how it is?

  • Rapid Deployment Dec 13, 6:40 p.m.

    "Already getting tired of the Fedora articles. I guess they're to be expected since he was just hired and all, but I'm ready for him to just be the coach, not the "new" coach so we can all move on." TBK

    How ironic from the guy with over 28000 posts.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 13, 3:11 p.m.

    Uhh, #1 we don't have an AA major, so we aren't keeping ours since we never had one.

    Uhh, You might want to tell that to the Internet. Here are the "Africana" courses... View More

    — Posted by GoLower

    Is that a list of majors, or a list of classes?

    Look up the word "class" and the word "major", think about it for a while, and get back to us.

    (Before you do, note that I'm not saying State doesn't offer an AA major. I really don't know if we do or not, but based on that list of classes, I'm guessing we might. I don't have a dog in this fight. Just refereeing.)

  • GoLower Dec 13, 3:03 p.m.

    Uhh, #1 we don't have an AA major, so we aren't keeping ours since we never had one.

    Uhh, You might want to tell that to the Internet. Here are the "Africana" courses available at State College, in a nutshell:

    AFS 230- Introduction to African-American Music
    AFS 240- African Civilization
    AFS 241- Introduction to African-American Studies II
    AFS 248- Survey of African-American Literature
    AFS 260- History of Jazz
    AFS 275- Introduction to History of South and East Africa
    AFS 276- Introduction to History of West Africa AFS 305- Racial and Ethnic Relations AFS 340- African American Theatre AFS 342- Introduction to the African Diaspora AFS 343- African Religions AFS 344- Leadership in African American Communities AFS 345- Psychology and the African American Experience AFS 346- Black Popular Culture AFS 349- African Literature in English AFS 372- African-American History Through the Civil War, 1619-1865 AFS 373- African-American History Since 1865 AFS 375- African American Cinema AFS 409- Black Political Participation in America AFS 440- Senior Seminar in Africana Studies AFS 442- Issues in the African Diaspora AFS 448- African-American Literature AFS 455- History of the Civil Rights Movement AFS 475- History of the Republic of South Africa AFS 476- Leadership in Modern Africa AFS 479- Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century AFS 490- Africana Studies and Community Involvement AFS 491- Study Abroad in Africana Studies AFS 497- Topics in African-American Studies

  • tarprint1 Dec 13, 2:33 p.m.

    If UNC was serious about academics, they would have eliminated the crip course in African... View More

    — Posted by jdupree

    So The Flagship is supposed to eliminate their African American studies department to save tax do... View More

    — Posted by GoLower

    Uhh, #1 we don't have an AA major, so we aren't keeping ours since we never had one.

    #2, we don't... View More

    — Posted by Riddickfield

    I don't think you want to call Chapel Hill cheater hill when your school has been renamed NCHEATSU! Haven't you heard people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 13, 2:24 p.m.

    If UNC was serious about academics, they would have eliminated the crip course in African... View More

    — Posted by jdupree

    So The Flagship is supposed to eliminate their African American studies department to save tax do... View More

    — Posted by GoLower

    Uhh, #1 we don't have an AA major, so we aren't keeping ours since we never had one.

    #2, we don't... View More

    — Posted by Riddickfield

    UH, yes you do have an AA studies program. It's called Hotel Management or something similar.... View More

    — Posted by Tarheel born

    Isn't it true that tax dollars continue to maintain the Dean Dome, though? I'm not sure it's as "privatized" as you think. Careful digging here. You may learn something you don't want to learn.

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