Gene Chizik Agrees to Position as Defensive Coordinator at North Carolina

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 2, 2015

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 17:  Head coach Gene Chizik yells to his team during their game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Gene Chizik has taken on the role of defensive coordinator at North Carolina, a return to coaching after being fired as the head coach at Auburn.    

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Chizik Confirmed as North Carolina DC

Monday, Jan. 19

North Carolina confirmed that Gene Chizik has joined the program as its defensive coordinator on Monday.

Head coach Larry Fedora and Chizik both spoke about the announcement in the team release:

'Throughout the hiring process, I worked closely with athletic director Bubba Cunningham to invest in someone who believes in the mission of the University and shares our vision of providing an outstanding experience to the student-athletes,' said Fedora.  'Gene Chizik believes in competing at the highest level both on and off the field and is another highly regarded leader for our program.'

'I’m thrilled to join Coach Fedora’s staff and I appreciate the trust he and athletic director Bubba Cunningham have in me,' said Chizik.  'It is a tremendous opportunity to coach at one of the most prestigious Universities in the country and live in Chapel Hill.  I’m committed to the student-athlete experience they expect at Carolina, and look forward to developing our players into the best they can be in all areas of their lives.'

ESPN's Brett McMurphy also provided financial details of the deal:

Chizik Reportedly Set to Take UNC DC Job

Thursday, Jan. 1

Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is reportedly set to continue his career in college football as defensive coordinator of the North Carolina Tar Heels.

ESPN's Joe Schad reported the news on Thursday:   

Chizik has called the shots on defense most notably at Auburn and at Texas. Having a national championship on his resume and success in the SEC makes Chizik an ideal candidate for a coordinator position after a couple of underwhelming seasons to close his Auburn coaching tenure.

Three years' probation, losses of scholarships and a postseason ban in 2012 comprised a pile of problems in Chapel Hill, and this year the NCAA reopened its investigation into UNC's academic scandal.

North Carolina ranked 117th out of 125 FBS teams in yielding 497.8 yards per game (h/t Almost needless to say, an upgrade on that side of the ball is a dire need for the struggling program.

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The Tar Heels require reparations on and off the field. For Chizik, this is a great opportunity to make the most of a new, challenging situation and position himself for another head-coaching gig in the future.