North Carolina OC Phil Longo linked to open head coaching gig
North Carolina offensive coordinator Phil Longo is a candidate for a vacant head coaching, according to a report.
The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman named Longo as a coordinator to watch in his breakdown of candidates for the Charlotte job on Sunday. The 49ers parted ways with Will Healy over the weekend.
Longo doesn’t have any ties to the state beyond his experience in Chapel Hill, but this is his fourth season with the Tar Heels. He’s also been a head coaching candidate before and could be in line for an opportunity.
Here’s some analysis from Feldman:
Longo was a finalist at UCF and has been an excellent hire for Mack Brown since coming back to Chapel Hill. Longo played a big role in QB Drake Maye’s fantastic debut season. UNC is No. 7 in the country in yards per play after finishing No. 6 last year and No. 3 the year before that. The guy knows how to move the ball and how to put up points.
Longo also has some head coaching experience. He was the head man at La Salle from 2004-05 and went 7-14 before leaving that post.
So far this season, North Carolina has the best offense in the ACC at 7.16 yards per play. Redshirt freshman quarterback Drake Maye has also been the best passer, statistically speaking, through the first eight weeks.
UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was also listed as a potential candidate on Feldman’s list. Chizik has a lot of head coaching experience on his résumé.
North Carolina hosts Pittsburgh this weekend with a chance to take a commanding lead in the ACC Coastal division title race. Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m. ET.