Football Staff Taking Shape

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Larry Fedora is making significant progress completing his coaching staff. As first reported by Inside Carolina, five of Fedora's planned hires have been confirmed, as well as his decisions involving the current UNC coaches.

The UNC Compliance Office has received permission from the NCAA for four coaches, in addition to Fedora, to be able to recruit for UNC during this transition process. They include three of Fedora's assistants from Southern Miss --- defensive line coach Deke Adams, defensive coordinator (and DB coach) Dan Disch and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic -- plus Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning.

Adams served as Fedora's defensive line coach for the past three seasons at Southern Miss. The former Golden Eagle player has experience locally after working as North Carolina A&T's defensive coordinator in '06 and '07.

Disch installed his 4-2-5 defensive scheme during his first season as Southern Miss's defensive coordinator in 2011. The Jacksonville, Fla. native spent the previous six seasons at Illinois working with linebackers and the secondary. Disch worked alongside Fedora at Florida in 2004.

Kapilovic added the title of run game coordinator to his resume in 2011 in addition to being the Golden Eagles' offensive line coach for four seasons. Kapilovic's unit helped Southern Miss set a school record in 2010 with 5,894 total yards despite returning just one starter along the offensive line. His previous experience includes stints as offensive line coach at Missouri State and Alabama State.

Koenning has emerged as one of the nation's top defensive coordinators after successful stints at Illinois, Kansas State, Clemson and Troy. In his first season at Illinois, the Owasso, Okla. native improved the Illini's total defense ranking from 91st to 38th nationally, and accomplished a similar feat during his time at Kansas State, improving the Wildcats' total defense ranking from 117th to 40th in 2009. All four of his defenses at Clemson ranked in the top-25 nationally in scoring, total and pass efficiency defense. Koenning worked with both linebackers and the secondary in his two years at Illinois.

The four are not yet officially under contract at UNC or announced yet, as they must go through the school's standard hiring process, which includes background checks.

Ole Miss wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer has also agreed to join Fedora's coaching staff, per sources close to the situation. Brewer worked under Houston Nutt and was asked to head up a transition team after Nutt was fired in early November while the school's search committee found a replacement. Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze was hired on Dec. 5 and attempted to keep Brewer on board.

Brewer worked at UNC under Carl Torbush and John Bunting for five seasons ('00-04) before working alongside Fedora at Oklahoma State for three seasons.

Late last week, each member of the current UNC staff was informed of his job status by Fedora. Eight of the 10 coaches were informed they would not be retained. Per sources, Ken Browning, who has been on the Tar Heel staff for 18 seasons, has been offered an administrative position. Sources also confirm that Allen Mogridge was told a decision had yet to be made on his status. Mogridge, a former UNC player who is in his third season back at his alma mater, is the only one interviewing for an assistant coach position, and will do so a couple days after UNC's bowl game.

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