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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has hired Larry Fedora as the Tar Heels’ next head football coach. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Fedora’s appointment Friday morning.

“We identified and spoke to a number of highly qualified coaches and the person whom we believe is the best to lead the Carolina football program forward is Larry Fedora,” says UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham. “We share great expectations for the potential of Carolina football and we are excited that he has agreed to be our next head coach.”

Fedora has been the head football coach at University of Southern Mississippi since 2007. Under his leadership, the Golden Eagles won the 2011 Conference USA championship.

“Larry has a strong record both as the head coach at Southern Miss and for 18 years as a college assistant coach. Throughout his career his teams have been known for their exciting and highly productive offenses and aggressive defenses,” says Cunningham.

Interim head coach Everett Withers will coach the Tar Heels in the Independence Bowl on December 26. Fedora will take over in January.

Chancellor Holden Thorp says he was impressed with the search. “He did a very thorough job of identifying and evaluating the best candidates and, ultimately, selecting Larry Fedora as our football coach. I think Coach Fedora will be a great fit for Carolina, and we look forward to giving him a warm Tar Heel welcome.”

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