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Larry Fedora Hot Seat: North Carolina Expected To Fire Coach

Larry Fedora speaks at the podium after a UNC game.

North Carolina football finished with nine losses for the second year in a row under veteran head coach Larry Fedora. According to a report, that will cost him his job.

The Tar Heels lost a tough one today in overtime against rival NC State.

That dropped the team to 2-9, well short of bowl eligibility, just a few years after UNC won 11 games and made it to the ACC Championship Game.

After a run of four straight bowl games, and five seasons of at least six wins, the 5-18 2017 and 2018 stretch was a major setback, in a very winnable ACC Coastal division.

According to a 247Sports report, Larry Fedora will be fired as North Carolina football head coach.

From Greg Byrne's report for Inside Carolina:

The consensus from multiple sources within the Kenan Football Center is that a head coaching change will be made following UNC’s loss to N.C. State on Saturday, ending Larry Fedora's seven-year tenure at the helm.

The Tar Heels' 34-28 overtime loss to the Wolfpack at Kenan Stadium concluded a 2-9 (1-7 ACC) regular season, marking the fewest program wins in a season since 2003. UNC has lost three consecutive games to N.C. State and is 7-13 under Fedora against in-state FBS opponents.

Back in 2015, ahead of that ACC Championship appearance, Fedora inked a lengthy extension through the 2022 season. Per 247, Fedora's buyout is worth about $12.4 million, making this an expensive decision.

With the team's play, it is one that is also not too hard to argue against either.

With the reported move, Fedora will finish at 45-43 at North Carolina, with an ACC record of 28-28. He is 79-62 overall, adding in his highly successful four year stint at Southern Miss.


Update: UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham has denied the report.

Obviously that doesn't mean that it isn't coming down at some point, but it is not yet official. We'll update if and when that changes.