CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina's defensive line will have its own coach after all.
UNC added assistant coach Charlie Coiner to replace departed assistant John Blake, head coach Butch Davis said Wednesday.
Coiner will help with the defensive line and special teams, Davis said. Coiner joined the staff on Tuesday, nine days after Blake resigned. Blake, the former defensive line coach, is a central figure in the NCAA's agent-related investigation at UNC. Blake resigned Sept. 5, the day after the Tar Heels' season-opening loss to Louisiana State in Atlanta.
Coiner, an NFL assistant since 2001, most recently worked for the Buffalo Bills as tight ends coach. He previously worked with UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop with the Chicago Bears and was an assistant at Appalachian State in the early 1980s when UNC assistants Everett Withers and Troy Douglas played there.
"He's a good fit," Davis said. "He's a good football coach who's smart and bright."
Assistant Art Kaufman had moved from linebackers to defensive line after Blake's sudden departure.
Kaufman will continue to work with the defensive line, Davis said, and the coaching structure of defensive staff will continue to be a "collaborative" effort. Withers, the defensive coordinator, and Davis have also helped.
Blake's role as recruiting coordinator has not been filled, a team spokesman said Wednesday.
Blake will be paid $74,000 through the end of the season, according to UNC.
There are no contract details available on Coiner.
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