CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Most people who move to Chapel Hill to be a part of the University of North Carolina come to learn.
That applies to students, athletes, and, according to UNC head coach Larry Fedora, coaches.
"I hope I'm learning something every day," Fedora said. "Every day that I'm around these kids, I learn from them."
Fedora spoke about his growth as a coach in his four seasons at UNC. He's off to his best start during a tenure that has seen tumultuous moments on the field. These experiences may have contributed to the success he's seen in 2015.
"Every experience we have, we learn something from it," Fedora said. "And I hope I become a better coach."
That applies to how Fedora runs football operations, as well.
"When you're dealing with the amount of people I deal with on a daily basis, and the amount of people that I am in charge of, there's always something coming up," Fedora said. "There's a lot of experiences that I've never experienced, and I have to make some decisions, you do the best you can, and then you learn from the mistakes you make, or even the things you do right."
"Alright, we're looking forward to another Coastal Division matchup against a good football team. Miami has won their last two games, and they've probably got a lot of confidence going into this game, and I'm sure they plan on coming in here and knocking us off."
How do you think Marquise Williams has changed since you sat him in the Delaware game?
"Probably just became more focused than he was, and to say that he wasn't focused at that time, I just think he's become more focused. It was just a lesson, something that you learn from, and I think he handled it very well, and responded the right way, and because of it I think he's a better quarterback today."
Do you think he would have experienced this turnaround if you hadn't sat him in that game?
"It's hard to say. I think all the experiences that he's had as a quarterback have obviously had an impact on where he is today. That's hard to say. I don't know that. Good and bad, I think every experience he's had is an experience, and that's something to learn from."
How can you encourage your team to buy into the concept of grit being the key indicator of success?
"It's something that we feel like this team has, is grit. That doesn't mean we don't have talent, because if you put those two together, then you've got something special. Through that study, they found that talent's not the key predictor of success, grit is. So our team has grit, and that's built through the offseason, that's built through overcoming adversity, or maybe not overcoming adversity, but learning from the lesson of it. That comes from the heartaches of failure, and it comes from the happiness of success. And all of the different experiences that you have, this team has grit, they do. And they are a special group. And that's why I think we've been successful to this point."
What is it that has worked for this receiving corps this season?
"I really believe we've got more than four (good receivers), we just can't get to them. We could throw Austin Proehl out there in a heartbeat behind (Ryan Switzer) and he can make plays for us, so we've got more guys, and I think that talent's been there, it's just that you can only get so many of them on the field. And when you take one off, you think 'golly, what kind of play would he make while he's on the sideline?'
“We've got depth. If you ask any of our DBs, they'll tell you that they're better today because of the quality of the receivers that they go against on a daily basis in a one-on-one and seven-on-seven; I mean, iron sharpens iron. It makes them better. You've got a unique blend, because you have some guys with length on the outside that can play above the rim, you've got some guys with length that can really run, you've got some guys that are shorter that have got unbelievable quickness, so they give a really good variety of receivers to compete against on a daily basis that makes them better."