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UNC announced its new football coaching hires today

By Andrew Carter
acarter@newsobserver.com

CHAPEL HILL North Carolina has completed its staff of assistant football coaches by hiring Keith Heckendorf and Larry Porter, the school announced Monday.

Heckendorf, formerly UNC’s player development assistant, will coach quarterbacks. Porter, who comes to UNC from Texas, will serve as running backs coach.

Heckendorf returns to UNC after leaving the school in December to become tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State, where former UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson is head coach.

Porter, meanwhile, coached running backs at Arizona State, Louisiana State and Oklahoma State, among other schools, before spending the 2013 season at Texas. He also was the head coach at Memphis in 2010 and 2011.

“Larry is a coach who I've admired for a long time,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “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.”

Sports Illustrated, in its expansive investigative report on the Oklahoma State football program last fall, alleged that Porter paid players during his time on the staff. Two players told the magazine Porter gave them $100 on occasion “to get something to eat.”

Porter denied the report and Texas released a statement supporting him after the story came out.

Around the League

Duke names coordinator: Duke promoted receivers coach Scottie Montgomery to offensive coordinator. He had been considered the favorite to replace Kurt Roper, who left in December for the same coordinator’s job at Florida. Coach David Cutcliffe said Montgomery will also work with Duke’s quarterbacks and will call the offensive plays.

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