North Carolina football struggled in 2018 as the Tar Heels went 2-9. One of their two wins was against FCS school Western Carolina. Head coach Larry Fedora was fired by North Carolina, but he has found a new job in college football.
The former North Carolina coach will join Tom Herman’s staff at Texas, but as an analyst. Fedora is returning home as the 56-year old is originally from Texas and coached at Baylor from 1991-1996. Outside of Baylor, Fedora was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State for three seasons and has experience working in the Big 12.
Anwar Richardson was the first person to break the news about the Fedora hiring. The addition of the former North Carolina coach to Herman’s staff is huge as the Longhorns are a team on the rise. Their 10-4 record surprised many people across the country, upsetting rival Oklahoma and Georgia. The Sugar Bowl victory over the Bulldogs proved that Texas is close to becoming the national power it was in the past.
Fedora is an offensive minded coach who prefers playing the game at a faster pace. While North Carolina struggled to win games in 2018, the Tar Heels had one of the nation’s better offenses. They finished 31st in the country in yards per game with 442.1, which was better than Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida and Texas. Fedora’s up-tempo style can help quarterback Sam Ehlinger become a more complete player in the pocket.
Ehlinger is at his best when he has to make plays with his legs, but he needs to be able to beat defenses with his arm. The loss of Lil’Jordan Humphrey hurts, but Texas is filled with playmakers on the perimeter. Fedora developed Pro Bowler Mitchell Trubisky during his time at North Carolina, making him the perfect person to help develop the young quarterback.
Former head coaches taking positions as analysts might not be the most intriguing thing to do, but more and more former coaches are becoming analysts for big programs. Their work for those programs has turned into a head coaching job at another, so Fedora could be using Texas as a way to get another shot as a head coach.