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Fedora’s good ‘coaching’ helps UNC student graduate

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora leads his team in September into the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora leads his team in September into the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Sometimes, a writer once reckoned, no matter what a person’s politics or profession, there’s a point where “just people” begin. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Larry Fedora labors as head football coach in a world of intense emotion and competition, and his university’s athletics program has been under fire for an academic-athletics scandal since long before Fedora arrived. (He was not involved.)

But on graduation day, Fedora – with nothing to gain, with no cameras on – was simply a Good Samaritan.

So here’s some deserved good news from UNC-CH. The coach saw a student struggling in high heels as she walked on graduation Saturday to her ceremony (medical school, by the way) and he stopped to give her and her father a ride. “I’ve got three daughters and a wife,” Fedora said later. So Scarlett Murphy and her dad took him up on the offer.

Then, he drove her family to her apartment to get her graduation tickets, which had been left behind. In the course of the encounter, Fedora carried six people around, and he must have known the tension that comes even on a most happy day, what with family in town and a big ceremony marking the hard labor of med school. He helped ease that tension.

He was just people. Good people.

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