AP source: UNC talking with Southern Miss' Fedora

By Aaron Beard/The Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A person familiar with the situation says North Carolina is in talks with Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora to take the same job with the Tar Heels.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the school isn’t commenting publicly on its search.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins and the Conference USA championship. Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

North Carolina (7-5) plays Missouri in the Independence Bowl two days later.

The Tar Heels are looking for a permanent coach to replace Butch Davis, who was fired shortly before training camp amid an NCAA investigation into the program.