Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels had a rough go of it in 2017. UNC finished 3-9 and sputtered offensively without star quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
But Fedora went a combined 19-8 in 2015 and 2016, so he’s shown he can lead a successful program. The News Observer interviewed the North Carolina coach about the toughest season of his head coaching career. You can read the full piece here.
Some quotes that stood out – first, on the biggest lesson from 2017:
“I would tell you I learned our team has a lot of grit. They battled in every single game all the way to the end and there was never any – nothing divisive about the team. They were in it together. They understood what was going on and what they needed to do and we’ll be a better team because of it.”
On what he learned about himself:
“I leaned on my faith quite a bit. I learned that working longer doesn’t help in those situations.”
On longer having to deal with an NCAA investigation:
“It’s like there’s a cloud that’s lifted. You can see the sunshine. Instead of having to defend yourself all the time, you can actually sell what the University of North Carolina has to offer.”
Fedora and the Tar Heels open the 2018 season at California.