Koenning Out

The leader of UNC's struggling defense is exiting UNC. Vic Koenning, UNC's associate head coach for defense, has been fired, a source has confirmed to Inside Carolina.

The news was first reported by FoxSports's Bruce Feldman.

In Koenning's third year running the defense, UNC finished the 2014 regular season ranked 115th nationally in total defense (495.7 ypg) and 116th in scoring defense (38.9). The Tar Heels allowed a school record 70 points and 789 total yards of offense in their loss to East Carolina in September. Half of UNC's opponents eclipsed the 500-yard threshold against Koenning's 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

UNC allowed a school record 467 points this season, topping the previous record of 459 points set in 2003. With a bowl game against Rutgers remaining, UNC is on pace to establish school single-season records in total yards of offense allowed and points per game allowed.

Koenning arrived in Chapel Hill with a resume full of results at previous stops. After a three-year stint as head coach at Wyoming (2000-02), Koenning built a top-10 defense at Troy in 2004 before capping a four-year stay at Clemson in 2008 with a defense that ranked ninth nationally in scoring defense (16.6 ppg). In 2009, Koenning improved a Kansas State run defense to 16th nationally from 112th the previous year. In 2010-11, the Owasso, Okla. native delivered a similar turnaround at Illinois (91st in total defense in '09 to 7th in '11) before joining Larry Fedora at UNC in 2012.

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