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December 19, 2013

UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson named head coach at Arkansas State

Anderson, who has been the Tar Heels’ offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, is leaving for his first head coaching job.

Blake Anderson, who for the past two seasons as served as the offensive coordinator at North Carolina, has been named the new head coach at Arkansas State, the school’s athletic director announced on Thursday.

Terry Mohajir, the Arkansas State athletic director, made the announcement in a post on Twitter.

“I'm excited to announce Blake Anderson as our new head football coach,” Mohajir wrote in a post a little after 9 a.m.

Speculation about Anderson and the opening at Arkansas State grew louder earlier this week. Anderson responded to some of it during an interview after a Tar Heels practice on Tuesday.

“I’m extremely happy here and I’m not looking to leave,” he said. “But I’m going to do the best for my family when the time comes.”

This will be Anderson’s first head coaching job. He began his college coaching career in 1995 as an assistant at Trinity Valley College, and then gradually worked his way up in the profession. For the past four seasons, he has been an offensive coordinator under Larry Fedora, UNC’s second-year coach.

Anderson joined Fedora’s staff at Southern Miss in 2008, and then became the offensive coordinator there in 2010. For the past two seasons at UNC, Anderson has called the plays in Fedora’s up-tempo spread offense. Though Fedora is considered the architect of the offense, Anderson had freedom to call plays and make decisions within it.

Arkansas State finished 7-5 and is preparing for the GoDaddy.com Bowl, where it will play against Ball State. Anderson replaces former Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin, who was the head coach there for one season before leaving to accept the head coaching job at Boise State, where he’d been an assistant coach for 10 seasons.

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