North Carolina adds ex-Nebraska DC John Papuchis to staff

John Papuchis (left) was Nebraska's defensive coordinator from 2012-2014. (USATSI)

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora announced another addition to his defensive staff on Monday, bringing on former Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis as a defensive assistant. 

The school release did not identify a specific position for Papuchis, an assistant under Bo Pelini at Nebraska from 2008-14. He joins new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik in the efforts to re-work a UNC defense that finished last in the ACC in yards per game (497.8), yards per play (6.53) and points per game allowed (39). 

“I’m looking forward to working with Coach Fedora and Coach Chizik to continue to build this program and achieve the type of success both on and off the field that our fans will be proud of,” Papuchis said. “Carolina has everything a young man would want -- academically, athletically and socially -- and I’m thankful for this opportunity."

Papuchis was a graduate assistant at Kansas before getting his first job on Nick Saban's staff at LSU (2004-07). In his seven seasons at Nebraska, Papuchis held the titles of defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator. 

“I’m excited to add John to our staff,” said Fedora.  “He has quickly earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher and recruiter. John has worked at some of the top programs in the country and his vision for success for our student-athletes mirrors the goals we have at UNC.”

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