Larry Porter

Two added to UNC’s staff, including ex-Memphis head coach

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In completing his North Carolina coaching staff after departures this offseason, Larry Fedora has added a very experienced former assistant as well as a coach very familiar to the Tar Heels football program.

UNC confirmed Monday that Keith Heckendorf and Larry Porter have been added as position coaches to Fedora’s Tar Heels staff.  The former will serve as quarterbacks coach, the latter as running backs coach.

Porter spent the past two seasons with the same title at Texas (2013) and Arizona State (2012).  Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater Memphis for two years (2010-11).

The well-traveled Porter has also spent time on staffs at Arkansas State, LSU and Oklahoma State.  During his time as the Tigers running backs coach, LSU claimed the 2007 BCS championship.

“Larry is a coach who I’ve admired for a long time,” said Fedora in  astatement. “He has worked at some of the most successful programs in the country and has won at the highest level in our sport. Larry is not only an outstanding coach but he is a tireless recruiter who will help us continue to build a championship team in Chapel Hill.”

In September of last year, Porter was included in Sports Illustrated‘s “scathing” report on the Oklahoma State football program.  In that exposé, at least two former Cowboy football players alleged that Porter gave them cash benefits that were used for food and housing expenses, which of course would constitute an NCAA violation.  Porter vehemently denied the allegations, saying in a statement that “I’m disappointed because they are all absolutely not true. None of that ever happened.”

Heckendorf, meanwhile, was a UNC assistant from 2011-13.  He left briefly for a job as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State this past December before returning to the Tar Heels for what will be a fourth straight season.

“I can’t thank Coach Fedora enough for the opportunity to rejoin his staff here at Carolina,” Heckendorf said. “I look forward to building on the relationships I’ve made with the coaches and players in this outstanding program.”

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Gamecocks still hope to host LSU Sat., but alternatives being evaluated

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The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.

The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.

Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.