CHAPEL HILL --- The University of North Carolina will not retain Larry Fedora as head coach of its football program. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham made the decision after consulting with members of UNC's Board of Trustees and Chancellor Carol L. Folt. Cunningham met with Fedora on Sunday morning to inform him of the decision.

"We appreciate all that Larry Fedora has done for us over the last seven years – coming to Carolina in the midst of an NCAA case and bringing stability to our football program when we most needed it,'' Cunningham said. "Despite injuries, despite setbacks and hardships, Larry never made excuses. He focused his teams on overcoming adversity, and I deeply respect the way he persevered and led our program each day with integrity through some tough times. This was not an easy decision because of the deep affinity I have for Larry. It simply is time to take our football program in a new direction."

Fedora has four years left on his contract and is owed $3 million per year over the next four years. Those funds will be paid by the Department of Athletics and not through state funds. The search for a new head coach has begun along with an evaluation of the rest of the football program's staff.

Cunningham will have no further comment until a new head coach is hired.

And according to, there are 10 possible candidates to replace Fedora: Blake Anderson, head coach at Arkansas State; Matt Canada, head coach at Maryland; Ryan Day, Co-Offensive Coordinator at Ohio State; Tony Elliott, Co-Offensive Coordinator at Clemson; Seth Littrell, head coach at North Texas; Chip Long, Offensive Coordinator at Notre Dame; Mike Norvell, head coach at Memphis; Scott Satterfield, head coach at Appalachian State; Mel Tucker, Defensive Coordinator at Georgia; Neal Brown, head coach at Troy.

Photo Courtesy: Larry Fedora, UNC Athletics