Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday August 25, 2016
North Carolina: Tim Beckman is no longer a volunteer assistant at UNC, the school announced. In a release, Beckman said, “I appreciate the opportunity Coach Fedora gave me to stay connected to the sport and be around one of the best staffs in the country. His willingness to help a friend was a benefit both personally and professionally. I do not wish to be a further distraction to the team or University and I will no longer serve as a volunteer at UNC. I wish Larry and the program nothing but success going forward.” The school's chancellor also says she was "surprised and disappointed" when she found out Beckman was on staff and doesn't expect the situation to recur.
Florida: Athletic director Jeremy Foley tells reporters Florida will determine its next AD “in the next couple weeks.”
Arkansas: Former Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham has joined the Arkansas staff as a defensive analyst, according the Des Moines Register. The 74-year-old Burnham had announced his retirement after the 2015 season, but Paul Rhoads joined Arkansas as defensive backs coach and helped convince Burnham to accept the seasonal analyst position.
NFL: Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has joined the competition committee, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Coughlin became a senior advisor to the NFL’s operations department last month.
Detroit Lions: Former Western Michigan director of football operations Jessica Larmony has joined the Lions as community relations coordinator. Larmony spent the past three years at WMU, including the last year as DFO.
North Carolina: Larry Fedora says volunteer defensive assistant Tim Beckman will be on staff all season and is allowed to travel. The role doesn’t involve contact with players, but he will assist with scouting and film. Fedora said he told Beckman in the summer he could join the Tar Heels if he didn’t find a full-time job elsewhere. (Update above)
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