The news hasn’t officially dropped yet, but the Texas football coaching staff could soon have an addition of Larry Fedora as an analyst.
An interesting and surprising report emerged for the Texas football program that involved the former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora. According to the Twitter timeline of Anwar Richards, Fedora interviewed with Texas football last week and was on the Forty Acres on Wednesday for a staff meeting.
This is a huge sign for the Texas football program that at least a proven assistant coach and great offensive mind like Fedora is interviewing as an analyst. Traditionally, this is something that happens with programs like the Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes. It’s been a while since the Texas Longhorns were a place that coaches would do this.
A weird twist to this story is that Fedora was the last head coach for the UNC football program before former Texas football head coach Mack Brown took over entering the 2019 off-season. Brown could now be taking over the head coaching role while Fedora joins the coaching staff that brought him to nationwide coaching prominence.
Moreover, Fedora made a previous stop as an assistant in the Big 12 under Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy. A few other programs he’s coached at include the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Air Force Falcons. This could be a stop where Fedora is looking to rejuvenate his still young coaching career.
Back in the day after Brown was about to retire from the Texas football program, there were some rumors that Fedora could be the next head coach. At this point, it looks like head Texas football coach Tom Herman is a much better option. With that in mind, the Charlie Strong-era on the Forty Acres was no fun either.
There is nothing official yet coming about a hire for Texas football in an analyst role for Fedora. But, the interest is definitely there and something could drop soon. This is a hire that would be positive news for the Texas coaching staff. It also wouldn’t be a hire that hurts the coaching stability since it comes in a very minor role on the staff.
Herman does seem to be active in bringing some analysts to the Forty Acres that are former head coaches at the Power Five level. He also courted former Kansas Jayhawks head coach David Beaty with some help before the Big 12 Championship Game against the Oklahoma Sooners last year, and there was some interest back and forth for a permanent analyst role it seems, per CBS Sports.
All in all, what Fedora could bring to this Texas coaching staff is another stout offensive mind that could help the progression under the direction of Herman. The offense took some big steps forward this past season, and bringing in assistants like this will only help continue that trend.