EDMOND — North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora is almost seven years removed from Oklahoma State, but his ties to Stillwater are nowhere close to breaking.
Fedora became friends with pro golfer Scott Verplank while in Stillwater, and that brought Fedora back to Oklahoma on Monday for the Verplank Foundation Invitational at Oak Tree National.
The trip also brought Fedora’s memory back to OSU and the lessons he learned in three seasons as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator.
“I had an unbelievable time with the people there and some really good friends,” he said.
Fedora said he remains close with OSU head coach Mike Gundy and strength coach Rob Glass, the only remaining member of Gundy’s original coaching staff. Gundy was scheduled to play at the Verplank Invitational as well, but he canceled Sunday night.
Fedora has other ties to the Cowboys staff such as running backs coach Jemal Singleton, who Fedora coached at Air Force.
And Fedora keeps in touch with other former OSU assistants such as Doug Meacham, Curtis Luper and Tim Beckman.
“We’re spread out all over the country,” Fedora said. “But we still talk about those times in Stillwater.”
Entering his third year at UNC, Fedora said he’s using what he learned at OSU to build his own contender in a power conference.
In Gundy’s first two seasons at OSU’s helm, the Cowboys went 4-7 and 7-6. Fedora said that time was crucial in his growth as a coach.
In Fedora’s first two seasons at UNC, the Tar Heels went 8-4 and 7-6.