Larry Fedora Speaks on North Carolina's Strategy for Spring

By M. Shannon Smallwood
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Everyone knows that the North Carolina Tar Heels‘ head coach Larry Fedora doesn’t like to go into great detail with anything regarding his team to anyone, especially the media.

But Fedora has been pretty forthcoming to a few local media outlets over the past couple of days when it comes to what he is looking to see this spring from his Tar Heels.

Everyone knows that UNC has a lot of work to do to fill some big holes on defense, as well as searching for a dynamic starter to take the place of all-everything Gio Bernard.

Since Fedora is being all chatty, what is the big things he is looking to find answers to here in March?

“I would say No. 1 is to try to discover what the identity of our offense is going to be, what the identity of our defense is going to be, and what the identity of our special teams is going to be,” Fedora told ESPN’s Heather Dench. That’s No. 1. There is no identity right now until we get back out on the field. You get 15 practices to start determining what that identity is going to be. Probably the main thing is to be better than we were when we left off.”

A surprising stance, since Carolina does have a lot of quality players returning who have a full season of Fedora Ball under its belt. But, this is a key insight to the drive to perfection Fedora has — at no time, no matter how good his Tar Heels look, they could always be better.

North Carolina Athletics is actually marketing the 2013 squad as the “Defending ACC Coastal Division Champions”. But you can tell Fedora could care less about anything that happened last season.

And that is going to bode well for the Heels this spring and come August.


M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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