UNC Football: Tar Heels hire new coordinator

Seth Littrell is expected to be officially announced as the next offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina later this week.

Seth Littrell is expected to be officially announced as the next offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina later this week.

Multiple sources, including CBS Sports and Inside Carolina, have reported that North Carolina and head coach Larry Fedora are finalizing the hiring of Seth Littrell to become UNC football’s next offensive coordinator.

Littrell, 35, has spent the past two seasons holding the offensive coordinator position at Indiana University under head coach Kevin Wilson.

Littrell started his coaching career at Kansas, where he was a graduate assistant from 2002-2004. Then, from 2005-2008, Littrell coached the running backs at Texas Tech. In 2009, Littrell went to Arizona where he coached the running backs and tight ends before becoming the offensive coordinator during his last year there in 2011.

Last year, Littrell’s offense at Indiana was without a doubt the strength of the team. The Hoosiers scored more than 38 points per game and averaged over 500 yards per contest. Indiana scored at least 28 points in 10 of their 12 games.

Indiana also boasted a very balanced attack, as they averaged over 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing per game.

Littrell played running back at the University of Oklahoma under offensive coordinator Mike Leach in 1999. Littrell credits much of his offensive approach to the Air-Raid philosophy that Leach has imposed on his offenses at Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Washington State. Littrell was a team captain for the Sooners when they won the 2000 national championship.

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Make no mistake, the Tar Heels’ offense will still be under the watchful eye of Fedora and it was imperative that the new offensive coordinator have principles similar to Fedora’s offensive scheme.

Littrell has been quoted in the past as saying he would like to run 90-100 plays per game under his up-tempo, no-huddle offense. That is exactly what Fedora envisioned when taking the head coaching position at North Carolina before the 2012 season.

In all, expect a very similar offense to what Carolina has put on the field over the past two seasons – one that is sure to get up and down the field quickly and hope to put several touchdowns on the scoreboard every Saturday during the fall.

Littrell is also expected to be the tight ends coach at UNC, as he has done since 2009 at Arizona when he coached former Wildcat and current New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The offensive coordinator and tight ends coaching position opened up when former Tar Heel coaches Blake Anderson and Walt Bell took the head coach and offensive coordinator positions, respectively, at Arkansas State University in December.

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