Larry Fedora to UNC: Why the Tar Heels Should Have Held Out for Gus Mahlzahn

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 6, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Larry Fedora of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles watches a play during the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on December 20, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It's being reported that head coach Larry Fedora is leaving Southern Miss and heading to North Carolina to become the head coach for the Tar Heels. Fedora who just led the Southern Miss Eagles to a C-USA title was reportedly offered the job and is expected to accept as early as today.

He is 33-19 in his coaching career at Southern Miss and is having his best season as the Eagles went 11-2. They received a lot of national attention for upsetting the No. 6 team in the Houston Cougars last weekend.

Before becoming a head coach, Fedora has been the offensive coordinator for several teams like Oklahoma State and Florida. He's been coaching since 1986 when he was a graduate assistant for Austin College.

While Fedora has had his fare share of success at those programs, there was a better candidate on the table. The Tar Heels should have waited for him, as he would have been the better coach for the job.

His name is Gus Malzahn, who is the current offensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers. He is an offensive guru and could easily turn this program around and make them competitive in the ACC.

He was the offensive coordinator for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2006 and took a team that was ranked 65th in scoring and made them 35th. When he worked with the Tulsa in 2007 their offense ranked in the Top 10 in all of college football.

The Auburn Tigers ranked 16th in total offense during his first season in 2008. In 2010 of course, they won the national championship and ranked first in the SEC in nearly every major statistical offensive category.

He is a master of the no-huddle offense and even some NFL teams have adopted his style.

Both Butch Davis and Mack Brown have shown that you can win with the Tar Heels and it's not just a basketball school. Malzahn could have really turned this program around with the right players and helped recruiting with his fun style-ran offense.

Malzahn has helped put Auburn back on the map as a top team in the SEC. It would be a lot easier for him to do the same in a watered down ACC with a competitive Tar Heels team.

Fedora could end up as a solid head coach, but it would have been better with Malzahn.


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