AP sources: Southern Miss' Fedora accepts UNC job

By AARON BEARD | December 7, 2011 | 12:41 PM EST

Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora, center, raises the Conference USA Championship trophy with Ryan Balentine (80) and Nic Bekkers, right, after an NCAA college football game against Houston, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Houston. Southern Mississippi defeated Houston 49-28. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

Two people familiar with the situation say Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina's next football coach.

They say the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn't final yet. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school isn't commenting publicly on its search.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins and the Conference USA championship. Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

North Carolina (7-5) plays Missouri in the Independence Bowl two days later.

The Tar Heels are looking for a permanent coach to replace Butch Davis, who was fired shortly before training camp amid an NCAA investigation into the program.