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February 08, 2011

Baker leaves UNC to take Dallas job

    Former Panthers defensive line coach Brian Baker has decided to accept the defensive line coach job in Dallas, after just over a month on the job at the University of North Carolina.

    Baker called the decision "a hard one," and that he "really fell for," the staff and players at UNC. But ultimately, the excitement over the chance to join the Cowboys staff nearly caused him to accept the job immediately. The job was offered last week, but he asked for time to help UNC complete its recruiting class.

    Baker said he's never worked with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan or coached in a 3-4, but he does have a broad base of experience. 

    He's coached 15 years in the NFL, with stops in San Diego, Detroit and Minnesota in addition to the last two years on the Panthers staff.


-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on February 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

Comments

So basically UNC "hires" this guy for a few weeks in order to sign their recruits. Sorry UNC-CHeat recruits. You get what they paid you for.

Posted by: Bill Johnson | Feb 8, 2011 12:56:29 PM

Umm...Bill I'm not sure you can really blame UNC for this. They hired him over a month ago with the expectation that he would be there the entire season, not that he would suddenly jump ship and take a different job.

Posted by: Andrew | Feb 8, 2011 1:22:31 PM

Umm...Bill I'm not sure you can really blame UNC for this. They hired him over a month ago with the expectation that he would be there the entire season, not that he would suddenly jump ship and take a different job.

Posted by: Andrew | Feb 8, 2011 1:22:31 PM

Umm...Bill I'm not sure you can really blame UNC for this. They hired him over a month ago with the expectation that he would be there the entire season, not that he would suddenly jump ship and take a different job.

Posted by: Andrew | Feb 8, 2011 1:22:31 PM

No, actually they hired him to be their coach but he was offered twice as much money to coach for the Cowgirls...nice try!

Posted by: Skinney | Feb 8, 2011 1:29:20 PM

So do UNC's newly signed recruits get to back out now? Didn't UNC's strength and conditioning coach just leave for ECU? What is going on here?

Posted by: John Water | Feb 8, 2011 1:34:01 PM

I think Baker has made a mistake, unless he wasn't being truthful when he said that he wanted to be a head coach in college. He would have been better served if that is his goal if he had stuck with Carolina. At the endof the day I suppose the $ and star were too much to deny. We'll see if it works out for him in the long run.

Posted by: Eric | Feb 8, 2011 1:34:43 PM

"...he wasn't being truthful..."

Butch "pathological liar" Davis says hello.

Posted by: John Blake | Feb 8, 2011 1:56:10 PM

"The job was actually offered to Baker last week, the Herald reports, but the coach held off accepting the job, at least publicly, so as not to have a negative impact on the Tar Heels recruiting efforts."

EXCUSE ME???

Posted by: Holden Thorpe | Feb 8, 2011 2:01:41 PM

Per NCAA rules, Baker had to have a signed UNC-CH contract in addition to passing the NCAA rules test in order to have contact with recruits, correct? This should be easy to verify...

Posted by: Jennifer Wiley | Feb 8, 2011 4:10:48 PM

Wait, this sounds like Buzz Peterson!!!

Posted by: Cat Fan | Feb 8, 2011 5:32:21 PM

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