On Wednesday afternoon, several conflicting reports surfaced regarding North Carolina’s current offensive coordinator Blake Anderson and the head coaching vacancy at Arkansas State University.
According to reports by FootballScoops.com, Anderson “will be the new head coach at Arkansas State.” However, just hours after this report surfaced, Pete Roussel, who runs the website CoachingSearch.com, reported that Anderson has not yet received an offer to become the next head coach at Arkansas State.
Anderson has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for North Carolina for the past two seasons, coming from Southern Mississippi with current UNC head coach Larry Fedora.
Under Anderson, the Tar Heels’ offense has flourished over the past two years. This season, UNC averaged over 32 points per game, compared to scoring over 40 points per game a season ago. Whether it was running the ball with former UNC star Giovanni Bernard last year, or ranking 23rd in total passing offense this season, the offense has been Carolina’s strength the past two seasons.
Anderson has been linked to other jobs this offseason as well, as it had been reported that the University of Florida was interested in the UNC offensive coordinator to fill the same position for the Gators. Nevertheless, it looks like if Anderson is to leave Carolina this offseason it will be to fill the head coach position at Arkansas State.
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Upon hearing this news, I was not surprised and I am sure most of the Carolina faithful who had been following the varying coaching searches across the country had to know that Anderson was a highly coveted name by several universities. Though nothing is official yet, I would be shocked if Arkansas State did not officially name Anderson their new head coach by the end of the week.
If he does take the head coaching job, it would be unclear if Anderson would still coach North Carolina for their bowl game against Cincinnati on December 28th. With National Signing Day less than three months away, it would not be unusual for Anderson to leave UNC immediately in order to get a quick start in bringing in a strong recruiting class for Arkansas State.
Regardless, Tar Heels’ fans should expect to know rather or not current offensive coordinator Blake Anderson is leaving for another job fairly soon despite the conflicting reports that are currently surfacing the internet.
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