January 05, 2011
Panthers assistant Baker takes job at UNC
Former Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker (above) said Wednesday morning that he had accepted a position at the University of North Carolina.
Baker will be the defensive line coach under Butch Davis.
Baker said he would have had opportunities to stay in the NFL as a defensive line coach but saw the UNC job as a chance to advance his career. He said his goal is to become a college head coach one day and thought working under Davis would put him in a better position.
Baker said he had had discussions with both the Panthers and former coach John Fox about the possibility of staying in the NFL but that his decision was based more on the UNC opportunity than the uncertainty at the NFL level.
Fox and his staff were not retained by the Panthers after finishing 2-14 in 2010.
"After 15 years in the league I'm sure my next position was going to be as a defensive line coach," Baker said. "You can't move forward by staying in place. With aspirations to be a college head coach, which I have, I had to find out what it was like."
Baker just completed his 15th season in the NFL, and he has also spent 12 years as a college assistant coach, 11 of those in the ACC, with Maryland and Georgia Tech.
A former Maryland linebacker (1981-83), Baker has a degree in marketing.
-- Darin Gantt
Posted by Observer Sports on January 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM | Permalink
That is an outstanding hire for UNC.
Posted by: Pantherfaninohio | Jan 5, 2011 12:23:00 PM
YES! gonna be a great recruiting asset on an already top 10 class in 2011. Baker sure turned C.Johnson into a beast and coached up a tallent depleted DL this year into a bright spot for the Panthers.
Posted by: hellfish | Jan 5, 2011 12:41:58 PM
I only hope he treats the position with more respect and care than John Blake did. Of course, that won't take much...
Posted by: BullCityDog | Jan 5, 2011 1:24:19 PM
Great new for the Heels!!!!!
Posted by: dw | Jan 5, 2011 1:31:45 PM
From one sinking ship to another...
Posted by: Bill | Jan 5, 2011 1:44:25 PM
Blake Santa #2? UNC-CHeat.
Posted by: John Bunting | Jan 5, 2011 2:34:34 PM
LOL @ at all the haters
Posted by: Heel Man | Jan 5, 2011 2:48:11 PM
Black Santa #2. He better learn fast how to grease the wheels of 18 year old studs(and their families).
Posted by: James Reed | Jan 5, 2011 2:57:09 PM
good coach, good hire for unc, i hoped he would be the next d-coordinator for the panthers...just sucks hes going unc though
Posted by: wolfpack1214 | Jan 5, 2011 3:23:05 PM
if only we could have got him back at maryland...sigh
Posted by: blackirish | Jan 6, 2011 12:47:42 PM
wonder what Peppers had to say about this?
Posted by: zoneblitz | Jan 6, 2011 1:38:14 PM
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