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UNC coaching hires official

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Finally. These names have already surfaced here and there, but North Carolina coach Butch Davis had to wait until all of the paperwork was official before he could announce the hires of Troy Douglas, Art Kaufman and Allen Mogridge as his newest assistant coaches.

Mogridge, a former UNC letter winner (1996-99) will coach the tight ends, one of four positions he played in Chapel Hill. He most recently helped Buffalo to the 2008 Mid-American Conference championship.

"Chapel Hill is home for me and I'm thrilled to join this outstanding coaching staff," Mogridge said in a prepared statement. "I now have the unique opportunity to go recruit kids to the University I fell in love with as a high school senior and where I spent four wonderful years. Carolina is a special place with great people who value the combination of a great education and outstanding athletics."

Douglas, who spent the past three seasons as the defensive backs coach at South Florida, will coach the defensive backs with defensive coordinator Everett Withers. Douglas and Withers were teammates at Appalachian State in the 1980s.

Kaufman was most recently on the Southern Miss coaching staff, and the 25-year coaching veteran will coach the linebackers.

I spoke with Davis today about his goals and expectations for the spring, along with how he thought the new staff would impact the program this spring. Check back Wednesday, the first day of UNC spring football, for a Q&A with Davis.