North Carolina took care of Cincinnati at the Belk Bowl, and I will address this later today, with a full recap and some great pictures from the game itself. This post is about the loss suffered by the Tar Heels in the coaching ranks. Over at one of the best sites for Carolina and a daily stop for me, Tar Heel Illustrated, the word is out that tight end coach Walt Bell will be taking the offensive coordinator job at Arkansas State, following UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who became the Red Wolves’ head coach last month.
From the article it stated that Bell had stayed put he would have been the Heels’ co-offensive coordinator, and more interesting, it seems that North Carolina was willing to pay the coach, who had a lot to do with the development of future NFLer tight end Eric Ebron, more than Arkansas State was.
This means that now head coach Larry Fedora, who did not speak about this after the team’s victory, will be looking to replace not one, but a pair of coaches, one being a coordinator. It should also be mentioned that while at Carolina coach Bell was the recruiting coordinator, and that too will have to be a position someone will have to fill.
What does this all mean for North Carolina? Coach Fedora coming back for his third season as the head man of the program, a lot of good talent coming back for another year in Chapel Hill, some good recruits arriving for the program, and the need for a couple of new coaches to fit in with what is going on in Chapel Hill.
All in all, after how the season began, winning a bowl game, especially one that the Heels were 0 for 3 in, is not a bad way to end this campaign and begin planning for the next one. It will be one without two coaches we shall miss, but the program should be just fine overall. Once again, thanks to the second half of the season, spring football is something worthwhile in Chapel Hill.