'He'll Do a Great Job at North Carolina'


After losing in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday, Fresno State head coach Pat Hill told the media postgame that his offensive coordinator, Frank Cignetti, has decided to join the North Carolina staff.

"He's going to take the job at North Carolina -- he's going to double his salary," Hill said.

UNC football officials would not confirm the news to Inside Carolina on Saturday evening, but Hill reiterated that Cignetti was indeed Chapel Hill-bound and spoke highly of his departing assistant.

"He did a great job for us for four years," Hill said. "I'm a big supporter of Frank Cignetti. I think he'll do a great job at North Carolina."

The offensive coordinator spot at UNC was vacated by Gary Tranquil, who retired after 44 seasons in the coaching ranks and five years in Chapel Hill.

Cignetti told the Fresno Bee that he has yet to accept the position at UNC, but will travel to North Carolina on Sunday.

"The job's not accepted until you sign the contract," Cignetti said. "I haven't signed anything yet. We're going down there to meet with them and take a look at Chapel Hill."

Cignetti concluded his fourth season Saturday as Fresno State's offensive coordinator, in which the Bulldogs ranked sixth in the country in averaging 38.9 points per game and put a major scare into No. 1 Southern Cal. In 2004, his offense averaged 40.2 points per game, the fifth-best average in the nation.

He's been on an NFL staff alongside Tar Heel head coach John Bunting when both were with New Orleans in 2000, the season in which the Saints got their only playoff win in franchise history.

Cignetti's father, Frank Sr., retired this season as the head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania after 20 seasons there and four at West Virginia. His brother, Curt, is the quarterbacks coach at North Carolina State.

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