First...in the last what...30 years Carolina has had one really successful coach. His name was Mack Brown and as soon as Texas came calling (a bigger and better job) he left. It's what happens when you are a coach in the ACC and even moreso when you are a coach at a North Carolina school. We are not a football state and the sooner your realize that the sooner you will be less disappointed when Fedora leaves. There are three scenarios with Larry Fedora as there are three scenarios, I believe, with new NC State coach Dave Doeren...
If Texas is the school that determines whether you are a stepping stone or not, then 98% of the BCS schools are a stepping stone. Texas is the dream job of nearly every coach in college football.
A - Fedora wins a lot at UNC...perhaps wins an ACC Championship...then he leaves. Why would he do that some of you wonder. The simple answer is that UNC will never, ever, EVER be in position to win a national title. Not as long as the BCS is in place and UNC is a member of the ACC. The same goes for NC State. It's not a great scenario (I'm and NC State fan, remember) but it's the facts. Florida State, a team made up of talent that NC State and Carolina could only dream of, lost 1 game this year before the loss to Florida and they were ranked 10th. Not even CLOSE to a national championship. Therefore, if Fedora actually is one of these truly elite coaches he's not staying at UNC to piddle around with ACC titles...he's leaving to try and win the big one.
The BCS is going to be different. Top 4 teams get in to play for a national championship. It makes being in the ACC less of a hindrance, and if he wins a lot at UNC he will have every chance to win a NC
B - Fedora is good, not great. He wins 7-10 games a year. Once in a while he competes for an ACC title. He keeps UNC fans happy for 6-7 years...and then they fire him because they want to do better...and for some reason think that they should be competing for national titles...even though its never happened in their history.
I think you are referring to what NC State literally just did. Don't confuse us with those guys. Competing for BCS bowls and ACC Championships will keep UNC fans happy. At least for a while.
C - Fedora sucks. He stays around for 4-5 years...goes .500 and then gets canned.
IMO considering the history of UNC football and the history of football in the state of North Carolina in general...Fedora will be option B. I think the same will hold true for Dave Doeren at NC State. I think that we win 7 games in our off years...I think he finally gets us to that 10 win season and competing with FSU for the Atlantic and honestly he could jump ship if he has success like that. It's what happens at NC State and UNC. Whether you want to admit it or not North Carolina football jobs are stepping stone jobs. You are not talking about UNC basketball where the job is a top 3-4 job in the country. Football is WAY second-tier in the state and probably moreso at UNC than at NCSU. So suck it up...come to grips...and enjoy basketball. Because this isn't Florida or California where the stud football recruits grow on trees and want to stay home. This is North Carolina where we are lucky if we can keep our recruits in state and away from the SEC. If you don't get that then you haven't been following football in this state for very long and I suggest you look back at the history books for the last...umm...50 years.
There is only 3 jobs that really worry me about snatching up Fedora. Florida, Oklahoma State, or Texas.
Other than that, not too worried.