Meet a candidate: Larry Fedora
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Meet a candidate: Larry Fedora

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Bio:

Born: September 10, 1962 (age 50)

Education: Austin

Current Position: Head coach, University of North Carolina

Record: 42-23 (.646)

Playing Career: Austin (1981-84)

Family: Wife, Christi, son, Dillon and three daughters, Sydney, Peyton and Hallie.

Coaching Stops: Austin graduate assistant (1986), Garland (Texas) High School (1987-90), Baylor wide receivers/tight ends/running backs (1991-96), Air Force quarterbacks/wide receivers (1997-98), Middle Tennessee offensive coordinator (1999-2001), Florida offensive coordinator (2002-04), Oklahoma State offensive coordinator (2005-07), Southern Miss (2008-11)

Resume:

Larry Fedora is the definition of an up-and-comer. His success at Southern Miss has catapulted him into the head coaching job at North Carolina, who is going through a rough transition period following the Butch Davis era, which ended following an NCAA investigation and sanctions.

Fedora led the Tarheels to an 8-4 regular season and a first-place ranking in the ACC Costal Division in his first season, but they are ineligible for the ACC title and a bowl game following the aforementioned NCAA issues under Butch Davis.

Under Fedora's leadership, Southern Miss cruised to a 34-19 record in four seasons and a 2011 Conference USA Championship that saw them end the season with a No. 20 AP ranking. Southern Miss closed out that Championship with a win over No. 6 and unbeaten Houston. Their 12-2 record was the first double-digit winning season since 1952.

Fedora's 2011 team was among the best in the country on both sides of the ball. Southern Miss finished 17th in the nation in total offense, averaging 461.4 yards per game, and No. 14 in scoring offense with 36.9 points per contest. On defense, the Golden Eagles were No. 7 pass efficiency defense, No. 26 in scoring defense and No. 29 total defense.

Southern Miss developed into an explosive offensive program during Fedora's tenure, gaining more than 5,000 total yards of offense in each of his four seasons, including a school-record 6,459 yards in 2011.

Fedora also has knowledge of the Southeastern Conference having coordinated the offense for the Florida Gators from (2002-04). In 2004, Fedora's Gators ranked first in the SEC in six different categories including passing offense (271.1), total offense (426.9), third down conversion percentage (47.8), touchdown passes (29), pass attempts (407) and pass completions (243).

Fedora also knows the state of Tennessee having coached with Middle Tennessee State as an offensive coordinator from 1999-2001.

Pros:

Fedora is the hot name. He has had success at the small school and took over North Carolina under tough circumstance and had a great season. North Carolina currently has the No. 22 recruiting class in 2013 according to FOX Sports NEXT and is a major player for four-star wide receiver Marquez North, who Tennessee desperately needs.

Cons:

Fedora may be an up-and-comer, but by in large, up-and-comers are a gamble. That is exactly what he is — a gamble. He has a winning record, which puts him a step ahead of former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, but he doesn't have a resume of long-standing success at a major college football school.