North Carolina is hoping former Auburn coach Gene Chizik can turn around its struggling defense.

The Tar Heels hired Chizik as defensive coordinator after allowing the most points and yards in their history last year.

Chizik accepted an offer about two weeks ago, though the school didn't officially announce the hiring until Monday once it was finalized. Team spokesman Kevin Best said the three-year deal will pay a base salary of $250,000 plus undisclosed outside compensation.

"I'm thrilled to join Coach [Larry] Fedora's staff and I appreciate the trust he and athletic director Bubba Cunningham have in me," Chizik said in a statement.

Chizik coached Auburn to the 2010 national championship with Heisman Trophy- winning quarterback Cam Newton and was also coach at Iowa State. Before that, Chizik was the Tigers defensive coordinator from 2002 to '04 and co-defensive coordinator at Texas during the Longhorns' 2005 national-title run.

UNC allowed 39 points and 497.8 yards per game while setting program records for most points allowed (507) and most yards allowed (6,472). That included program records of 70 points and 789 yards in a September loss at East Carolina.

Chizik was to receive a $7.5 million buyout — paid in monthly installments — after he was fired in November 2012 from Auburn following an 0-8 record in Southeastern Conference play. He has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN and Sirius/XM radio since leaving the Tigers.


Woman found bloodied Allenby

A homeless woman who helped Robert Allenby, the golfer who said he was beaten and robbed in Honolulu, described finding him bloodied on a street corner.

Allenby said he doesn't remember everything that happened after dinner at a wine bar on Friday night after missing the cut in the Sony Open.

He said he has no recollection of what happened until he was shoved out of a car then kicked and prodded by homeless people.

Charade Keane, who lives in Ala Moana park, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser she couldn't avoid seeing Allenby sitting on a planter with a bloodied face early Saturday. Allenby was talking to two homeless men she knows.

"They started arguing when I got there, and I realized this wasn't well," she said. "I needed to get him out of here."

As she and Allenby walked away, he said all his belongings were gone, she said.

A young man in the military later helped Allenby and paid for a taxi to get him back to his hotel, Keane recalled. While they waited for the taxi, Allenby told her about his golfing career and his children.

"He did most of the talking," she said. "I didn't have much to say. I'm homeless."

Honolulu police were investigating the case as a second-degree robbery.


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