SMU coach is bound for Chapel Hill

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Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina’s next coach, two people familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

They said the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn’t final yet. Both spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school isn’t commenting publicly on its search.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles (11-2) to a school record for wins, with the last coming over the weekend against unbeaten Houston in the Conference USA Champion­ship game.

BIG EAST: The new Big East will span four time zones, 3,000 miles from coast to coast and, eventually, have 12 teams.

The beleaguered and ever-changing conference hopes it all adds up to a billion dollar television contract and a spot among the best football leagues in the nation.

The Big East introduced Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Southern Methodist University and Central Florida as its newest members, effective 2013.

ARIZONA STATE: According to ESPN.com, Southern Methodist University coach June Jones had accepted an offer to coach Arizona State and minor contract points were being ironed out, a source said, when his representatives received a call Wednesday saying the offer had been pulled.

The source said Arizona State’s explanation was that “it took too long” and the school president was moving on.

One source said negative reaction from fans and boosters to the selection of Jones prompted the reversal. Arizona State had also ended negotiations with Houston’s Kevin Sumlin.


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