Chapel Hill, NC — The University of North Carolina has preemptively named newly hired Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson to replace Larry Fedora for the 2015 football season.
Anderson served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for 2 seasons at UNC under Fedora before taking the head coaching job at ASU. Anderson is predicted to lead the Red Wolves to their third 10 win season in the past four years, earning a Sunbelt conference co-championship and a trip to the Godaddy.com bowl.
“When UNC called me it was a surprise, but it only took about half a second to make a decision,” Anderson says. “I loved my time at UNC under coach Fedora, it really shaped me as a head coach. It is a dream to lead the Tar Heels football program.”
The North Carolina athletic department has not yet disclosed the reason for coach Fedora’s departure. Fedora went 6-6 during the 2013 season and is expected to struggle in the 2014 season. A losing record could lead to his prompt firing. Additionally a record that exceeds expectation could lead to Fedora returning to his home town to coach Texas A&M following the surprising departure of Kevin Sumlin to his alma mater Purdue.
“We are always disappointed to see a head coach leave, even if we have not decided a reason. We wish coach Fedora the best of luck at Texas A&M or Southern Miss, whichever the case may be,” UNC Athletic director Bubba Cunningham said at a press conference announcing the hire. “Anderson is a great fit because he knows our system and has ties to every player in the program. Given the success of former Arkansas State coaches, we are excited about our future.”
The departure brings the 6th coaching change in 6 years to Arkansas State. No candidates to replace Anderson have been officially named at this time, however former Arkansas Razorback coach Houston Nutt issued a statement saying his offer still stands to become the next ASU coach.