Fedora aims to carry UNC's momentum into offseason

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora saw his Tar Heels dig out from a 1-5 start to win a bowl game and secure a winning season.

He heads into the offseason hoping to maintain momentum as he hires two new assistant coaches — including a coordinator to run his fast-tempo spread attack.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday afternoon, Fedora said he doesn't have a timeline for replacing offensive coordinator Blake Anderson and tight ends coach Walt Bell. Anderson left to become head coach at Arkansas State, with Bell becoming his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Fedora said he won't rush a hire, especially with UNC's recruiting class largely complete ahead of next month's national signing day. He hasn't conducted any interviews yet.

"Being the right person, having the right fit on the staff, the right chemistry, that's very, very important to me," Fedora said. "So I don't feel like I'm stressed for time to have to just go make a decision and hire somebody. I'm going to hire the right person."

UNC has run a no-huddle offense since Fedora arrived from Southern Mississippi, setting numerous school records in his first year and averaging 40.6 points — including a school-record 80 against Old Dominion — in the final seven games of Year 2.

Fedora said recruits have inquired about what Anderson's departure will mean for the offense.

"It's not like we're going to hire somebody and turn around and change our entire system," Fedora said. "That's not going to happen. We're going to run the system that I brought to North Carolina ... so they don't have to worry about that part of it."

The Tar Heels (7-6) completed their strong finish with last weekend's lopsided win against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, with the maturation of their underclassmen helping reverse the 1-5 start.

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