AP: UNC talking with Southern Miss' Fedora

 

 North Carolina is in talks with Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora to take the same job with the Tar Heels, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday night.
 
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school isn't commenting publicly on its search.
Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles (11-2) to a school record for wins, with the last coming over the weekend against unbeaten Houston in the Conference USA championship game. He has compiled a 33-19 record in four seasons there.
 
If Fedora and the school can reach a deal, it would be subject to approval by UNC chancellor Holden Thorp, as well as the university's board of trustees.
Neither Fedora nor Southern Miss Athletic Director Richard Giannini returned calls for comment. Southern Miss spokesman Jack Duggan said the two were expected to be in New York for the National Football Foundation annual awards dinner Tuesday night.
 
North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham was also attending the event, UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said earlier Tuesday.
The Tar Heels are looking for a permanent coach to replace Butch Davis, who was fired shortly before training camp amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct within the program. The school then promoted defensive coordinator Everett Withers to interim coach.
Withers said Monday that he interviewed for the job last week. He said he wouldn't let the uncertainty about his future be a distraction for the Tar Heels as they prepare for a fourth straight bowl game.
He also said he planned to coach the bowl game regardless of his status.
Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. North Carolina (7-5) plays Missouri in the Independence Bowl two days later

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