Larry Fedora has hired the first eight assistants for his North Carolina football coaching staff, with six coming with him from Southern Mississippi and an old UNC assistant returning to the program after a seven-year absence. Gunter Brewer, a former Wake Forest player, will be UNC's receivers coach and passing-game coordinator. He spent five seasons in Chapel Hill, leaving after the 2004 season. Vic Koenning, most recently Illinois' defensive coordinator, will work on the defensive staff.
Fedora hires eight assistants for UNC staff
The Winston-Salem Journal
While North Carolina was getting beaten down by Missouri in the Independence Bowl a week ago, Larry Fedora said he wasn't even watching.
Instead, the new UNC coach said he was packing boxes as he prepared to move from Southern Mississippi, where he coached the past four seasons, to Chapel Hill.
"Every situation I've gone into, I haven't watched any film," Fedora said. "I want the players to know that when I meet with them, ... whatever reputation they want to have, it starts then.
Fedora, UNC staff ready to ‘start fresh'
The Durham Herald-Sun
The coaching staff for North Carolina's 2012 football team will be largely familiar to new coach Larry Fedora and mostly new to everyone else.
Fedora is bringing along six assistant coaches from his previous staff at Southern Mississippi, while Vic Koenning, mostly recently at Illinois, is on board as associate head coach for defensive and Gunter Brewer returns for his second go-around with the Tar Heels.
North Carolina's new football staff heavy on Southern Miss influence
The Burlington Times-News
Larry Fedora has always maintained a list of coaches he'd like to work with if changes occurred on his staff or he moved to another school.
North Carolina's new head coach introduced many of the men on that list Tuesday in revealing eight of his nine assistant coaches. The group included six coaches from his staff at Southern Miss, as well as former Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and ex-Tar Heel assistant Gunter Brewer.
New UNC football coach names his coaching staff
The Fayetteville Observer
Offensive guard Jonathan Cooper is still undecided about entering the NFL draft, but said he is leaning toward returning to North Carolina for his senior season.
Hoggard's Cooper leaning toward return to UNC
The Wilmington Star-News
As a fifth-round draft pick from North Carolina, T.J. Yates figured he'd spend his rookie year on the sideline learning from Matt Schaub, the Houston Texans' veteran quarterback.
After Schaub and backup Matt Leinart had season-ending injuries, Yates was thrust into the job and guided the Texans to their first playoff berth.
Yates, 24, will lead the franchise in the biggest game of its 10-year history on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs against Cincinnati.
Third-string QB Yates prepared to lead Texans
The Winston-Salem Journal