What would the destiny for well-known Texas football analyst Larry Fedora if he bolts for another head coach opening come next offseason?
The Texas football program brought a handful of big names in the college football universe to their coaching staff as assistants and analysts. In the midst of those well-known names in the Power Five conferences were former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora (and his son Dillon Fedora), former Kansas Jayhawks head coach David Beaty, and ex-Kansas State Wildcats offensive coordinator Andre Coleman.
However, it appears that the circle of analysts that the Texas Longhorns football program has in the mix now could see a pretty big shakeup come next offseason. Of the four aforementioned analysts that the Longhorns brought aboard within the past year, three are still hanging around. Dillon Fedora is on board as an analyst, as is Coleman.
Larry Fedora is also on board as an analyst, but a Horns247 report displayed his potential intentions to leave next year. He is reportedly paid a measly $25,000 per year, partly due to his son coming on board as an analyst with him. But he is also still owed roughly $3 million per year (around $12 million total) from the Tar Heels after he was bought out in Chapel Hill.
In the past, Fedora was also a head coach with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles football program and spent seven seasons at the helm in Chapel Hill with the Tar Heels. He holds a career head coaching record of 79-62 between 11 years with Southern Miss and UNC. Fedora also made eight career appearances in bowl games with those two programs, going 3-5 in the postseason.
His track record before his head coaching run was as a positional coach, and/or offensive coordinator, with the Baylor Bears, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, Air Force Falcons, Florida Gators, and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
That same Horns247 report that said that Fedora might not be around with the coaching staff on the Forty Acres next season also showed that he is interested in another possible head coaching role. Head Texas football coach Tom Herman has mentioned Fedora among his more important assistants before, but Larry’s intentions don’t seem to be hanging around in Austin anymore.
If Fedora is to make the jump back to the head coaching ranks at the FBS level, he would likely have to start at the Group of Five or with a lower tier Power Five type of job. The way things ended with the Tar Heels, multiple three win seasons to round out his coaching tenure in Chapel Hill, would likely have to make him work his way back up to a solid Power Five coaching job.
However, the type of opening that would be best suited for Fedora would be with a team that needs a jump start with a young and energetic offensively minded head coach. Fedora is constantly evolving his offensive schemes and could add a nice spark to an offense that is struggling of late.
The only two openings that might have any type of traction with Fedora right now are with the Vanderbilt Commodores and Arkansas Razorbacks. At least those are the only current openings at the Power Five level. Jump down to the Group of Five, and maybe a MAC school like Kent State or Akron could use Fedora’s services.
Herman would be losing a valuable analyst, though, if Fedora decides to leave the Forty Acres.