North Carolina has fired Larry Fedora. Who are the five top replacement options to take over?
After seven years, North Carolina has fired head coach Larry Fedora.
He did a solid job, building the program up into an ACC contender for a few seasons, going to the 2015 ACC Championship and finishing with 11 wins. But he wasn’t able to sustain the success with a rough rebuild in 2016 and collapse over the following two seasons going 5-18.
And now North Carolina becomes one of the hot job openings – because it’s one of the only big job openings.
There won’t be a ton of big-time gigs opening up during this round of the coaching carousel. There will be some that come up out of the blue – USC is still in question, maybe Oklahoma, maybe Ohio State – this might be as good as it gets.
So who are the five hot names out there for the job?
5. Gene Chizik, TV analyst
The boosters want a name.
Chizik might have faded fast at Auburn – getting fired after going winless in the SEC in a 3-9 2012 season; just two years after winning a national title – but he’s a peerless recruiter and he’s got the ring.
He’s going to be just 57 going into next season. He’s got the resumé as a defensive coach, and there’s still going to be a little bit of cache around having one of the few head coaches – there are just five now after Kansas hired Les Miles – with a national title.
He was brought on to help with the North Carolina defense in 2015, and he did an okay job, but nothing sensational. Even so, he’s familiar with the program, and again, the booster types like him.
He’d be a bit of a tough sell. More of a quick fix than a superstar prospect, it’s not a shot for the stars.