UNC football hires Littrell to run offense; UNC, NCSU tennis in action

acarter@newsobserver.comJanuary 21, 2014 

North Carolina’s football program is prepared to hire Seth Littrell as its new offensive coordinator, a source close to the team said on Monday. Littrell has been the offensive coordinator for the past two seasons at Indiana, where he also coached the team’s fullbacks and tight ends.

UNC and Littrell hadn’t finalized details of his hiring on Monday but it is expected to be finalized as early as Tuesday afternoon, according to the source, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly before the hiring becomes official.

Littrell, a 2000 graduate from the University of Oklahoma, would replace Blake Anderson, who departed UNC in December to become the head coach at Arkansas State. Indiana’s offense has thrived under Littrell during the past two seasons.

The Hoosiers, who under Littrell have run an up-tempo spread offense similar to the one that UNC coach Larry Fedora uses, averaged 508.5 yards per game last season. They averaged 442 yards per game in 2012.

Before becoming the offensive coordinator at Indiana, Littrell spent three seasons coaching at Arizona, where he was the offensive coordinator in 2011. He coached running backs at Texas Tech from 2005-2008, and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas from 2002-2004.

Littrell played running back at Oklahoma from 1997-2000, and was a captain on the Sooners’ 2000 national championship team.

Elon: New coach Rich Skrosky has filled one of the final two positions on his staff with the hiring of former Rutgers offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski as the Phoenix’s offensive coordinator. Wroblewski also will tutor the Elon offensive line.

Wroblewski comes to Elon following a two-year stint as the offensive line coach at Rutgers.

Wroblewski began his coaching career at Bryant College (1999-2001), serving as the offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He also spent time as the offensive line coach at Pennsylvania (2002-03), Hofstra (2004-05) and Stony Brook (2006).

Men’s Tennis

North Carolina: North Carolina improved to 4-0 by defeating 31st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth 5-2 in Richmond, Va, then beating Howard 7-0 later in the day.

In the match against VCU, North Carolina won a pair of tiebreakers in doubles play to go ahead 1-0 and then won three of the first four singles matches off the court to clinch at 4-1.

N.C. State: Sophomore Simon Norenius and freshman Parker McGuiness concluded play at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

In singles, Norenius reached the semifinals after defeating San Diego’s Geoffrey Fosso 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, before falling to San Diego’s Uros Petronijevic 6-2, 6-1. McGuiness advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Facundo Lugones of Texas Christian, 1-6, 6-5 (6), 6-2.

In doubles, Norenius and McGuiness advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to TCU’s duo of Amau Dachs and Jhonathan Gonzalez, 6-3.

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