"I believe Everett is the right person for our football program under these challenging circumstances," said UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. "I am impressed with the relationships he has built with our players and staff, and it is our top priority to help our student-athletes going forward. I believe he can help our students succeed at the highest level both on and off the field and in the classroom."
"I'm excited for this opportunity and I'm honored the Chancellor and Dick Baddour have faith in me to do this job," said Withers. "I realize this appointment is coming during a tough transition for our football players and staff. My job and the job of our assistant coaches is to prepare these students to perform at the highest level this season. I love Carolina and this community, and I will do everything I can to make the Tar Heel fans proud of this team."
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Withers has served as Carolina's defensive coordinator and secondary coach the last three seasons. Last year, Carolina's defense ranked fourth in the ACC and 30th in the country despitea roster decimated by personnel losses and injuries.
Withers contract for the 2011 season will be amended to reflect his promotion to interim head coach. Details will be available at a later date. With Withers' promotion, the Tar Heels will begin the process of hiring a full-time assistant to complete the staff.