Despite such struggles, the defensive players never turned on their coaches — even after a demoralizing thrashing by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26.
“Throughout the year, our coaches have been doing their best to energize us for the games — doing what they need to do,” said senior safety Tim Scott following the 40-21 defeat. “They’ve prepared us for these games. But they can’t play for us.”
But after surrendering the most points in a single season in school history, the Tar Heels will have a new coach on the sideline and at the helm of the defensive unit. And that coach might be none other than former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.
ESPN first reported Thursday that Chizik will take the reins of the UNC defense and fill the opening left by Vic Koenning, who didn’t coach in the bowl game after parting ways with the team.