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UNC’s Larry Fedora says he has not had any conversations with AD about his future

UNC’s Larry Fedora on talks with AD: ‘We haven’t talked about anything other than the games at hand’

UNC Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora held his weekly press conference Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. He talked about the game against Western Carolina last Saturday, his conversations with UNC AD Bubba Cunningham, and the matchup with N.C. State.
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UNC Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora held his weekly press conference Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. He talked about the game against Western Carolina last Saturday, his conversations with UNC AD Bubba Cunningham, and the matchup with N.C. State.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said he has not talked with athletic director Bubba Cunningham about his future.

Fedora said in his weekly press conference Monday that he has conversations each week with Cunningham, but none have been about whether he will be back next year.

“We haven’t talked about anything other than the games at hand,” Fedora said.

The Tar Heels (2-8, 1-6 ACC) have struggled this year and will finish with their second consecutive losing season. They finished 3-9 in 2017.

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North Carolina students, who wanted to remain anonymous, covered their heads with paper bags to show their displeasure with football coach Larry Fedora, calling for him to be fired, during the Tar Heels’ game against Western Carolina on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

Last week, Cunningham said in an interview with The News & Observer that he would evaluate Fedora’s performance after the season. He said his only focus was on the players, and he did not want to speculate on what may happen with Fedora’s future.

“I don’t engage in any speculation,” Cunningham said last week. “At the end of the year I evaluate our program from top to bottom and I’ll do that with coach at the end of the year.”

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North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham leaves the field with the football team following their second win of the season against Western Carolina on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

When asked how he evaluates a program and its coach, Cunningham said: “It’s everything you do from recruiting, to game day, to the environment you create, to the atmosphere that you provide. Everything you want to think about is the way to evaluate a program.”

Fedora’s buyout is $12.2 million.

Before the Tar Heels’ 49-26 win against Western Carolina, an FCS program, last Saturday, they had lost six consecutive games. Five of those losses were by 10 points or less.

UNC will play N.C. State (7-3, 4-3 ACC) on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Alexander, 919-829-4822; @jonmalexander

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