The heat was already on Larry Fedora entering the 2018 season. Thanks to the first two weeks, and especially today, the fire under what was already a hot seat has only grown.
Embarrassingly, North Carolina was outscored 20-0 by East Carolina in the second half as the Tar Heels stumbled to a 41-19 loss to the Pirates. It was the first game between the two in-state “rivals” since 2014 and ECU’s third win in a row in the series.
The Pirates ran for four touchdowns on the day. Neither team committed a turnover, but UNC was penalized seven times for 65 yards.
In his fourth season with the Tar Heels, Fedora posted an 11-3 record in 2015 that included a Coastal Division championship. They dipped to 8-5 in 2016 before seemingly bottoming out at 3-9 last season.
That low-water mark of a year ago could be in jeopardy, however, as UNC now stands at 0-2 for the second straight season, the first time they’ve done that in back-to-back seasons since the mid-aughts. Up next is No. 19 UCF, which will carry a 15-game winning streak into next Saturday afternoon’s game in Chapel Hill.