December 5th, 2012 02:20 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Larry Fedora, Neither Coach Fedora, North Carolina, Perhaps Fedora, UPDATE
Larry Fedora was believed to be on Tennessee’s list of potential head coaches. Last Friday, an industry source told us his name was rising up the chart in Knoxville pretty quickly. Fedora was even scheduled to meet with UT AD Dave Hart in New York yesterday, but there’s been very little talk about his candidacy today.
We reported earlier today that we had been told he did not want to anger his current boss at North Carolina just to be the #3 man in a three man race (behind Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and Louisville’s Charlie Strong). If he met with Hart, it’s believed, that he made it clear he wouldn’t/couldn’t discuss the job unless he was a strong — no pun intended — candidate.
Well, now Fedora’s boss — UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham — has responded to the rumors swirling around his football coach with a press release:
“This time each year there are a number of coaching vacancies in college football and yesterday several rumors included speculation about our own football coach Larry Fedora. Neither Coach Fedora nor I are going to address rumors about individual jobs that are bound to happen each year.
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.”
So what does that mean? Like everything else, it’s open for interpretation. Perhaps Fedora and UNC are okey-dokey. Perhaps Fedora is talking to Tennessee, Wisconsin or some other non-SEC school.
But by saying something — anything — Cunningham has now turned Fedora’s status back into a hot topic. Whether he meant to or not.
UPDATE: North Carolina recruit on conversation with Fedora: “He was just saying I don’t have anything to worry about, because he’s staying at UNC.”
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