North Carolina officially announced Larry Fedora as the new head football coach on Thursday afternoon.
Fedora had previously coached at Southern Mississippi, where he went 11-2 this season after winning the Conference USA Championship game.
UNC interim coach Everett Withers, who interviewed last week for the permanent job, will coach the Tar Heels on Dec. 26 at the Independence Bowl.
“We identified and spoke to a number of highly qualified coaches and the person whom we believe is the best to lead the Carolina football program forward is Larry Fedora,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a release. “We share great expectations for the potential of Carolina football and we are excited that he has agreed to be our next head coach.
The UNC Board of Trustees must approve the contract in a 9 a.m. meeting Friday morning. A press conference introducing Fedora will be held at the Loudermilk Center on Friday at 1 p.m.