UNC posts ad for football coach

All inquiries are to go through new athletics director Cunningham

acarter@newsobserver.comNovember 23, 2011 

— The University of North Carolina posted a job advertisement on its website for its football coaching position. According to the posting, North Carolina is searching for a candidate who can "manage and administer the UNC Football Program within university, ACC and NCAA rules and regulations."

Former Tar Heels defensive coordinator Everett Withers has been serving as interim coach since Butch Davis was fired in July before the start of practice amid an NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits and academic fraud within the program.

Withers, who on Saturday will coach the Tar Heels against Duke in their final home game of the season, would not speculate this week on his job status. He said Monday that he shared conversations about it with Bubba Cunningham, the athletics director who began work last week.

"I believe I'm a candidate (for the job)," Withers said.

University football spokesman Kevin Best said Tuesday the university is required to post any opening.

According to the job advertisement, the university prefers a candidate to have "two years of successful intercollegiate coaching and recruiting experience at the NCAA Division I level."

The ad refers interested candidates to direct their questions to Cunningham.

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