North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora hasn’t begun to prepare for Georgia just yet.
But given that a new era is underway in Athens, Fedora said there are a lot of unknowns to be concerned about.
Fedora, who was in Columbus on Friday for the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia conference, spoke briefly about what his coaching staff will be faced with in North Carolina’s season-opener against Georgia in Atlanta.
"As we get later on in the spring, and after spring, we’re start spending some time on them," Fedora said. "There are a lot of dynamics with that situation, with Kirby (Smart) and a new staff coming in, a new offense, a new defense and a new special teams. There will be a lot of unknowns going into that first game for us."
Fedora’s squad finished 11-3 in 2015 and lost to Clemson in the ACC Championship. The Tar Heels played the Tigers tough, with the game coming down to a controversial offsides penalty called on an onside kick North Carolina recovered.
Replays showed no one appeared to be offsides, with Clemson taking the game 45-37.
With his attention focused on offseason preparation, Fedora said he understands that after the kind of season North Carolina had, that expectations are rising.
"We’ve been preaching for the four years we’ve been there where we want to take the program," Fedora said. "Now people are starting to realize it can happen. We won’t change what we do. I think we have a pretty good plan. It’s gotten us this far. It’s about sustaining success and continuing to climb."
As for his first opponent in 2016, Fedora believes Georgia has found a great coach who can succeed. Having known Smart in the profession for some time, Fedora said the Bulldogs are in good hands.
"He’s a phenomenal coach," Fedora said. "First of all, he did a great job being patient and waiting for the right job. I think he’ll do a tremendous job at Georgia. I think he’s totally vested in the program and I think he’ll have great success."