Greg Ellis’ playing days at North Carolina ended nearly a decade and a half before Larry Fedora arrived in Chapel Hill, but that doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the Tar Heel head coach.
The former NFL first-round pick isn’t oblivious to the fact that Fedora’s name is popping up in coaching searches elsewhere. But as a former player who saw his college coach, Mack Brown, leave for Texas at the end of his career, he doesn’t want to see another successful coach leave UNC.
“If it is at all possible to keep Coach Fedora there at Carolina, then we need to do that,” Ellis said in a Tuesday interview with The David Glenn Show.
Ellis was finishing his senior season at UNC when Brown departed to become the Longhorns’ head man.
“He’s terrific for the Carolina program,” the former Pro Bowler said of Fedora. “As Carolina has learned, it’s not just that easy to have a successful football coach.”
During his visit, Ellis also discussed his feelings toward Brown when the coach left and what he remembers most about the UNC-NC State rivalry. Click below to hear the full interview: