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Randy Jordan Hired as Running Backs Coach

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Larry Fedora filled the last slot on his staff bringing in former Tar Heel Randy Jordan to coach the running backs.

Via Inside Carolina:

Former Texas A&M running backs coach and Tar Heel standout Randy Jordan has accepted the running backs coach position at North Carolina, according to multiple sources.

Jordan joined Nebraska’s coaching staff as running backs coach in 2004 and coached four years in Lincoln before joining Mike Sherman’s staff at Texas A&M in the same role in 2008 and coaching through 2011. His first coaching job came as a special teams assistant in 2003.

Jordan played for Mack Brown from 1989-1992 and joins Gunter Brewer as the second member of Fedora's staff to have either coached or played at UNC before.

This position will bear watching for a couple of reasons. The first is Fedora did not retain longtime and well liked assistant Ken Browning after he had been coaching the running backs. If Jordan does not do well it will raise the ire of the fan base a tad given Browning had obviously done a good job with the likes of Gio Bernard. Speaking of Bernard, obviously UNC has a legitimate running back with one 1000-yard season under his belt. The words "don't screw that up" come to mind when you talk about bringing in a new position coach and quite frankly a new offense.

Of course Jordan is a former Tar Heel player and it is nice to see family return to Chapel Hill. He grew up in North Carolina and built some coaching experience at major programs like Texas A&M and Nebraska. It will be interesting to see how much he helps on the recruiting front which it still an unproven area for Fedora and his staff.

With staff complete I think it is important to take a long view of them given the circumstances and the fact there is still an element of uncertainty here. I am fairly satisfied with the hiring of Fedora and his subsequent moves to build his staff with the notable exception being his handling of Ken Browning. So my take on staff is we, as fans, have plenty to be excited about. There is great potential here and I love Fedora's passionate approach. Now let's see if that potential can be realized in moving the program past the NCAA scandal and towards competing in the ACC Coastal Division.