Larry Fedora's New Hat: UNC Announces Hire Of Next Head Coach

Southern Miss' Larry Fedora is the next head coach at North Carolina.

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Larry Fedora, UNC Football Reach Agreement, According To Report

Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels have reportedly reached an agreement for the current Southern Miss Golden Eagles head coach to take the same position with the Tar Heels. Fedora has been linked with the job several times in the past few days, but it seems that a deal is now all but official.

Fedora reached an agreement in principle with the Tar Heels to be next head coach, according to a tweet from the always excellent Bruce Feldman. Feldman reports that his source told him the deal was agreed to early Wednesday morning, meaning an announcement could be on its way shortly.

The Tar Heels job isn't an exceptional one, but as SB Nation's Bill Connelly notes, it's probably a step up from the head job at Southern Miss.

Five-Year F/+ Avg: +7.3% (35th)
Five-Year Record: 35-28
All-Time Record: 602-470-48
Five-Year Attendance Average: 57,065 (Capacity: 60,000)

Fedora, who led Southern Miss to an 11-2 record this season, apparently was chosen over Gus Malzahn, Everett Withers and possibly Skip Holtz -- though the latter denied those rumors.

Keep up with SB Nation's comprehensive UNC Coaching Search Rumors Story Stream and Tar Heels blog, Carolina March, for the latest updates and fan perspective on the Tar Heels head coaching search. For all your college football needs, head to SB Nation's NCAA Football hub.

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Bubba Cunningham Hired As New North Carolina Athletic Director

The North Carolina Tar Heels have made official the successor of outgoing athletic director Dick Baddour, with the school's Board of Trustees voting to hire Tulsa's Bubba Cunningham. His contract will begin Nov. 14 at $525,000 per year plus bonuses and run through 2017.

Cunningham spent six years at Tulsa after leaving Ball State. Under his watch, the Golden Hurricanes transitioned from the WAC to Conference USA. He also probably never saw his football program run afoul of like the entire NCAA rule book all at once, which helped him win favor in Chapel Hill. I'm guessing on that last part.

He'll have a fine little mess to clean up on the football side, but he'll also oversee one of the country's biggest basketball programs and have a strong academic heritage to uphold. Don't be astounded to see Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris' name emerge as a potential UNC football coaching candidate ... Tulsa connections abound.

For more, visit UNC blog Carolina March.

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UNC Announces Most Obvious NCAA Inquiry In Recorded Human History

In June of 2010, the NCAA made the University of North Carolina aware of possible illegal benefits violations among members of the Tar Heels football team. In July of 2010, we giggled at barely-there reports of NCAA investigators questioning players. In September of 2010 we wat in the Georgia Dome and watched a gutted UNC team down 13 players very nearly knock off LSU in the highest-profile game of college football's 2010 opening weekend. And on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, the university announced the receipt of a notice of inquiry by the NCAA. Not a notice of allegations, mind. Just a notice that the NCAA thinks, officially, that something might be amiss:

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina announced Tuesday it has received a notice of inquiry from the NCAA pertaining to its football program. The letter is a formal declaration of an investigation into the program, which originally began in June, 2010.
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"The notice of inquiry is a formal notification from the NCAA that they have been reviewing our football program," said UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour. "We have been working with the NCAA and cooperating with them on this investigation. We are committed to the process and will continue to cooperate."

For an impression of just how much has transpired since the NCAA's initial foray into Chapel Hill, peruse the rest of this StoryStream. The scope of events is just staggering: A second, academics-related investigation came to light. A third case, featuring defensive end Quinton Coples, was announced just a few weeks ago. Two players were ruled permanently ineligible. Four players have left the program just this spring. Marvin Austin, the original investigative centerpiece, was the Denver Broncos' second-round draft pick. The state government got involved. The coach in the eye of the case resigned, and the agent being fingered for ethics violations up and died. And Butch Davis banned Twitter, and still has a job. We stand in awe of this rich human tapestry of events.

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