Tenuta Steps Down as UNC Defensive Coordinator

CHAPEL HILL --- University of North Carolina defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta has resigned to pursue other interests. Tenuta, who also coached the defensive backs, was a member of the Tar Heel coaching staff in 2001.

He came to Carolina in January 2001 after five years at Ohio State (1996-2000). Tenuta has also made coaching stops at Virginia (1981-82), Maryland (1983), Vanderbilt (1984-85), Marshall (1986-87), Kansas State (1988), SMU (1989-94) and Oklahoma (1995).

"We are disappointed to see Jon leave our program," says head coach John Bunting. "I am currently seeking out the very best defensive coordinator to continue the Carolina tradition of playing tough, physical and aggressive defense. As with any coach I hire, I am going to find a defensive coordinator who is committed to excellence on and off the field, and someone who is committed to being at Carolina and understands what makes Chapel Hill so special."

The Tar Heels led the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2001 in total yards allowed (305.3 per game) and pass defense and were third in the league in run defense and points allowed.


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