Monday, January 10, 2011

UNC hires former Panthers defensive line coach

The University of North Carolina has hired Brian Baker as its defensive line coach, head coach Butch Davis announced Monday. Baker comes to Chapel Hill after serving the last two seasons as the defensive line coach with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Baker played linebacker at Maryland in the early 1980s and coached 11 seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Maryland and Georgia Tech. Baker returns to the college game after spending the last 15 seasons in the NFL with stints at San Diego, Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis and Carolina.

"I'm excited for the opportunity," said Baker. "I've always considered North Carolina one of the top athletic programs in the country, and I'm thrilled to be a part of a football program led by Coach Davis, who I believe is the best in the business."

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