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Thursday’s Football News and Notes

A few post-scripts for the just-ended football season:

**Bryn Renner underwent surgery Wednesday on his left ankle to remove  an anterior bone spur and a posterior accessory bone. Renner played with the ankle condition all year and had decided before training camp to postpone surgery until the conclusion of the season.

**To literally add injury to insult, key defensive players Darius Lipford and Donte Paige-Moss suffered ACL tears during Monday night’s Independence Bowl. Lipford injured his left knee, while Paige-Moss injured his right. Both will face off-season surgery and will miss spring practice.

**To the surprise of, well, no one, the infamous Dwight Jones New Year’s Eve party is back on like popcorn! The use of Jones’ name in the party’s promotion got the wide receiver in hot water with the NCAA and it was announced the party had been cancelled. Anyone who thought the party would actually be cancelled (I’m looking at you, Bubba) obviously does not know how this stuff works. When the posse and extended family of star athletes  (Jones said the promoter was a family member) and cash money are involved, things like this just don’t go away. In addition, the notoriety of the party and the fact that it gained national attention as something forbidden only makes it that much more popular.

**Inside Carolina is reporting that new coach Larry Fedora is rounding out his assistant coaching staff. While UNC has not made any official announcements, a source told IC that Fedora’s staff would include three more members of his Southern Miss coaching staff: offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Dave Duggan and wide receivers coach Walt Bell. The source also reported that Fedora will retain UNC’s current strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski.

Previously reported as having been added to Fedora’s Carolina staff are Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and Ole Miss wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, as well as defensive line coach Deke Adams, defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Dan Disch and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic from Southern Miss. One coaching spot still remains to be filled.

The intriguing items here are that A) Fedora brought both of his defensive co-coordinators from USM in addition to Koenning from Illinois, who will most certainly be the coordinator at UNC; B) not a single on-field coach is being retained from the current staff (it has been rumored that Ken Browning was offered an administrative position); and C) that the one person retained is Myslinski, when strength and conditioning seemed to be a real weakness of this year’s team.


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8 comments to Thursday’s Football News and Notes

  • 52bgJ

    Looking forward to a new regime. Hopefully Larry will put an end to the all the ridiculous chest-thumping, look-at-me celebratory trash we’ve had to endure from some of Davis’ recruits. No doubt Alabama rides the line in recruiting, if not outright crossing it, but Saban is smart enough not to let his “students” draw unwanted attention to themselves with outlandish histrionics, and off-field gaffes. Here’s to (hopefully) a new era of “letting your work on the field do your talking for you”, showing class on & off the field (in wins & losses), and acting like you’ve been there before!

  • gregrustin

    wake me when next season starts

  • Heel To The End

    dont know if i’d hold my breath, big game.
    watching SM’s bowl game, there was a certain amount of attitude on display, and at least one PF following a score.

    absolutely dreadful that anyone would be hurt in that
    abomination of a bowl game. someone owes those two a free
    shot to the breadbasket.

  • makeitWayne22

    Bball plays tonight!

  • chapelhillfan

    What’s your evidence Alabama cheats?

  • chaucer1350

    The same evidence that NC State fans have the UNC cheats at basketball. I guess - “they get everyone they want and we don’t, ergo they must be cheating.”

    I’ve never been a believer in the “everyone does it” game. Truly great coaches know that great programs don’t have to put up with this nonsense. I don’t think Saban would recruit a kid like Pryor, and I know he wouldn’t put up with him. Think you’re special enough to break rules? First strike: suspension. Second strike: see ya. That’s why Urban’s not going to work at Ohio State, IMO.

  • 52bgJ

    did I say they did? it’s called a setting the bar low, “qualifier” for “those that believe everybody does”. how about a kid like Marvin Austin-think Saban would’ve put up with his act..for even a skinny minute?

  • notoriousii

    Are you telling me you really believe Saban’s “my players were just fishing” excuse? Alabama’s last National Championship should have been vacated, but Alabama knows how to lie or bribe better than our administration.

    At least the food in Louisiana was good…tired of people blaming Davis. He is long gone. No matter how you feel about Davis and the unpleasantness, this last exhibition falls squarely on the recently laid off staff.

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