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Southern Mississippi coach Fedora heading to North Carolina


Larry Fedora (courtesy of Southern Mississippi athletics)

Don’t tell Southern Mississippi head football coach that the North Carolina football program has made NCAA violations and is facing sanctions in the near future. He is excited about joining the ACC.

The Golden Eagles head man has accepted the same position from the Chapel Hill school.

The Tar Heels, like Ohio State and Miami of Florida, have had a 2011 season rift with scandals, bad press and bad losses, fired Butch Davis right before the season started due to the NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct. Defensive coordinator Everett Withers did a decent job leading the team to a 7-5 record.

Before coaching Southern Miss, Fedora was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and Florida.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to an 11-2 record; a record for wins, including an upset of previously unbeaten Houston in the Conference USA title game.

His record in four seasons is at 33-19.


Info compiled from University of North Carolina and Southern Mississippi news

TOLEDO-OSU RECAP: Luke Fickell escapes embarassing loss;discusses game outcome


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Luke Fickell (file photo)

Most of us who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes on a regular basis, were sitting in the press box during Saturday’s 27-22 win over the Toledo Rockets wandering several things aloud, on Twitter and Facebook.

What if Luke Fickell loses this game and why isn’t he playing Braxton Miller when it was obvious Joe Bauserman was struggling badly at times.

If Toledo had won that game, it would’ve been the first time in 90 years that an in-state opponent would’ve beaten the Buckeyes. Believe it or not, Oberlin won in 1921.

A loss like this would not look good when Coach Fickell and Gene Smith get together at the end of the season to decide whether he keeps the job or not.

Toledo is a good football team, but they are not Wisconsin, Miami of Florida, Nebraska or Michigan.

The first-year head coach also could not be happy with his special teams inconsistent play. Toledo blocking a punt to set up its first TD and Drew Basil missing two field goals, one that counted and one that was nullified due to a penalty.

In his postgame press conference with the media, Fickell talked about Carlos Hyde, the blocked punt, Chris Fields’ 69-yard punt return for a TD, Philly Brown, Rod Smith’s fumbling and the state of the team after two games.


Maurice Clarett ready to get back on field; seeks permission to travel to Omaha for tryout

Maurice Clarett, who recently returned to Ohio State University to finish his degree requirements, also wants to return to the football field.

With his attorney, Michael Hoague’s help, Clarett filed a motion with Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fais, asking for permission to leave the state of Ohio to travel to tryout with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. The review motion has been moved from Monday August 23 to August 30, which means Clarett cannot leave the state until he receives clearance from Judge Fais’ court.

Maurice Clarett (photo by Clay Bush)

The expansion Omaha franchise will be making its debut in the United Football League’s second year in the fall. Other teams in the league include the Florida Tuskers, Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locomotives and the Sacramento Mountain Lions. His potential teammates could be former NFL stars Jeff Garcia and Ahman Green.

The Nighthawks open their season September 24 against the Hartford Colonials.

Omaha’s player personnel director is Ted Sundquist, former general manager of the Denver Broncos, who selected Clarett in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft.

Clarett will forever be remembered for his freshman season when he rushed for 1,237 yards in 2002, helping Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime of the Fiesta Bowl upset win over Number 1 Miami of Florida.

compiled from staff, wire, television and Football news