Before becoming the head coach at North Carolina, Larry Fedora was the head coach at Southern Miss. And before that, he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, where he worked from 2005 through 2007.
That time period is right in the middle of one that is the focus of a lengthy Sports Illustrated investigation into the Oklahoma State football program. SI’s series, which is being released in installments, alleges that Oklahoma State players were paid, that they had coursework done for them and that drug use was rampant, among other things.
Fedora after UNC practice earlier today addressed the SI report. Here’s his Q-and-A with reporters:
Q: What has been your reaction to the Oklahoma State report in Sports Illustrated?
A: It was shocking when it came out. It was shocking to me. But I also understand it’s accusations and allegations. That’s what they are. They’re allegations. So whether or not there’s any truth to them or not, I don’t know, but I do believe this – I believe (Oklahoma State president) Burns Hargis, I believe (Oklahoma State athletic director) Mike Holder, I believe they will be aggressive and I think they’ll be transparent in their investigations. And I think if there is any wrongdoings, I have complete faith that they’ll get it straightened out and they’ll accept whatever’s coming to them and they’ll move on down the road.”
Q: During your years there did you see anything suspicious or anything that raised concerns?
A: Nothing. And let me tell you – I’ll tell you this. There was no doubt on my mind and every guy on that staff that it was clear from that administration and Mike Gundy that you were going to do things right there. No doubt.
Q: Have you read the two SI stories that have come out or read summaries?
A: I haven’t had time to read all of it. I’ve had people telling me things, you know. But I haven’t had time.
Q: Have you taken exception to anything SI reported, or disagreed with anything?
A: Well, what do you have five or six more parts, or I don’t know what it is. So I’ve had to wait until it’s all out and see what’s said.
Q: Did you get any advance warning that the report was coming out?
A: No, I didn’t. I didn’t.
Q: Have you had any discussions with UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham about the story?
A: Bubba and I and I have talked about it, yes.
Q: What were the nature of those conversations?
A: Well, because I was obviously at Oklahoma State from 2005 through 2007, and so it was just a natural conversation on what my thoughts were about the situation.
Q: Have you talked to Gunter (Brewer) about it?
A: Yes, I’ve talked to Gunter.
(NOTE: Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, was on Oklahoma State’s staff from 2005 through 2010.)
Q: And what were those discussions like?
A: Same way. Same thing. Both of us were kind of in shock that all this came out.