Papuchis to take over as UNC's defensive coordinator

North Carolina has announced that John Papuchis will take over as UNC's defensive coordinator. On Thursday evening, Gene Chizik announced that he was stepping down from the same role.

From UNC athletic communications:

Current linebackers coach John Papuchis, who worked with Chizik the last two seasons, will take over as Carolina’s defensive coordinator.  

“John is a natural fit to take over our defense given his role the last two years and his previous experience as a coordinator,” said Fedora.  “He knows our players and staff and will seamlessly transition into an expanded role.”

Papuchis was UNC's linebackers coach for two seasons. (Photo: Ross Martin | CarolinaBlue, 247Sports)

Prior to joining the Tar Heel staff in 2015, Papuchis coached at Nebraska from 2008-14 and was the Huskers’ defensive coordinator during his last three years in Lincoln. Papuchis was the fourth-youngest defensive coordinator in the country and the youngest solo defensive coordinator when he was promoted to the position at Nebraska in 2012. Prior to joining Bo Pelini’s Nebraska staff in 2008, he worked at LSU under Nick Saban from 2004-07, and was a graduate assistant at Kansas from 2001-03.

Papuchis has plenty of big-game experience having coached at three other Power Five programs Nebraska, LSU and Kansas. In the past 12 seasons, he has coached in one national championship game (2007) and six conference title games, including the 2015 ACC title game in Charlotte.

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