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Tar Heels make hiring of Illini coach official

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A week after it was reported that North Carolina had reached into the Big Ten to fill a hole in Larry Fedora‘s coaching staff, the school has made the hiring official.

In a press release, the Tar Heels announced that Keith Gilmore has been named as UNC’s new defensive line coach.  Gilmore will replace Deke Adams, who left last month for the same position at South Carolina.

“Keith is a knowledgeable defensive line coach who brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate level to Chapel Hill,” said Fedora in a statement. “He has previous experience with our defensive coaches and I believe he is a great fit for us.  He does an exceptional job of building relationships and getting the most out of his players.”

Gilmore had spent the past four seasons at Illinois, where he was widely considered one of the top assistants at his position in the conference.  Prior to his time with the Illini, Gilmore had served on Brian Kelly-led coaching staffs at Cincinnati (2007-08) and Central Michigan (2006).

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