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UNC coach Larry Fedora doesn't indicate that any big changes are coming

UNC coach Larry Fedora on Monday expressed belief in his approach, despite a 70-41 loss against East Carolina.
UNC coach Larry Fedora on Monday expressed belief in his approach, despite a 70-41 loss against East Carolina. Ethan Hyman - ehyman@newsobserver.com

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said he'd evaluate everything he does – everything about his program, basically – after that 70-41 defeat against East Carolina on Saturday. Fedora made those evaluations and decided, it sounds like, that no dramatic changes are needed.

Fedora acknowledged the obvious on Monday – that the results on Saturday “weren't good at all,” he said – but he didn't outline any changes that are coming. In fact, it was somewhat the opposite. Fedora spent some time defending how he and his staff prepares the team.

“I can change a lot of things, as far as the way we practice, but I don't think that's the answer,” Fedora said. “I think the way we practice is the right way, and I think it's a proven way, and I think we'll continue to do that.

“Any time you have that kind of result, you've got to look at everything. It doesn't mean everything is good and wrong. But you've got to look at everything. You've got to evaluate every little detail to find out if you still believe what you're doing is the right thing. And I still do believe that.”

The last sentence there is the most important – that Fedora still believes what he's doing is the right thing. It's a surprising thought, of course. Fedora has had success with his way and, just last season, he turned UNC around after a 1-5 start.

The defeat against ECU, though, is something different. That kind of loss, by that kind of margin, causes all kinds of questions. Ones, for instance, about UNC's 4-2-5 defense – which was more of a 4-1-6 on Saturday, given that the Tar Heels used six defensive backs.

Either way, speaking of changes – or lack of them – Fedora defended the 4-2-5 on Monday.

“There's a lot of people running the 4-2-5 all over the country that are fine,” he said. “And there are people all over the country that have trouble with this type of offense and it is what it is. Whether you're in a 4-3 or a 3-4 or a 4-2-5, you've still got to make plays, and you've got to put your guys in a position to be able to make plays. I don't think it's the 4-2-5. Now maybe the scheme that we used within the 4-2-5 in the game wasn't the best thing that we needed to do.”

Andrew Carter is the UNC athletics beat reporter for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewcarter .

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