As I always say, one of the best part about being a non professional blogger is that I get to read a ton of stuff about my favorite school. Today was no difference as I stumbled upon a piece on USA Today’s web site, which talked about “football coaches you need to know now”. One of the five mentioned was UNC Football’s own, Larry Fedora, which Paul Myerberd said of… “there’s little doubt he’ll have UNC in prime ACC contention for the foreseeable future.”
That sentence brought a couple of different emotions. First the feeling of joy and happiness, as I believed the author was quite right, and with some good recruits grasping his offense, with the defense getting back on track, coach Fedora could not just propel the Tar Heels to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also make them noticeable throughout the college football landscape.
C’mon, as I wrote just a couple of days ago, if done right it could be possible for North Carolina to be as good in football as they are in basketball. Having a great coach would be essential for this to happen. From the looks of it, UNC has that man right now, and the players on the team are buying into what he has laid out for them.
But that is where my emotions began to shift from happy to worried. It was the moment where my mind led me to a place and time I did not want to think about. It took me back to the late `80’s, when in Chapel Hill coach Mack Brown arrived to led the football program. Where from his first two seasons, each with one win, to the last six years, where his record was 54 and 18 with six bowl appearances and almost every season being ranked in the polls. And then coach Mack left cause… well, for each of us to have their own thoughts on that. The bottom line he did not stay. He was gone, off to better pastures and North Carolina was left to pick up the proverbial pieces and rebuild. To start over. To take everything that it had accomplished, set it aside, and re-start.
Move now to much closer times, the Butch Davis era. How many times where there rumors/indications about his departing for another destination while he was the UNC head man? Even in the first year with the Tar Heels Fedora’s name was associated with another school’s coaching vacancy. Sure, at the end both men stayed, but if Carolina truly wants to make the next step forward with its gridiron program it can not be a “stepping stone” for coaches looking to get to the big time. It has to be the big time, the places where head coaches want to be at!
Coach Fedora has done an outstanding job, both on the field, implementing his new offense but even more so, his new mentality, and off, grabbing a good amount of local and out of state talent. However, in order to be in the race for the top recruits that will make UNC Football a steady fixture in the Top 25, the program must show they will not lose their head man when another college comes calling.
There is that old line that says “when is enough enough?” When it comes to North Carolina and their football head coach the answer is pretty simple… enough is enough when Fedora will not look at any program, no matter how big and powerful and no matter what dollar amount they throw at him. It will also be enough when Fedora sees that the gridiron fan base shows the same passion as the hard woods one, where Kenan is rocking no matter what the opponent is. I love reading stuff about our head coach, but it would be so great one day soon to read about him in an article that talks about “The top coaches that are not going to leave their schools”.