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UNC grad assistant football coach quits after DWI charge

Posted March 30, 2015

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Twelve hours after police found him slumped asleep in his running car, Gerald McRath, a graduate assistant football coach on Larry Fedora's staff at the University of North Carolina, quit his job and issued an apology.

"I apologize for my actions and for bringing negative publicity and attention to the University of North Carolina and the football program," McRath said in a statement. "I have decided to resign my position as a graduate assistant coach at UNC and move forward with my career.”

McRath, 28, was arrested early Monday on a charge of driving while impaired, paid a $1,500 bond and was released.

McRath, who played for Fedora in college while at the University of Southern Mississippi, played four seasons with the Tennessee Titans and joined the Tar Heel staff in 2015.

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  • Namey Names Mar 31, 2015
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    Beside it's been very cold overnights this week.... No real way to sleep it off without some heat on

  • Namey Names Mar 31, 2015
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    Who says he drove anywhere? How do you know he wasn't parked exactly where he was before he started drinking? The whole "kill your family" argument is dumb anyway. Most people with duis aren't far over the low, unreliable threshold to begin with.

  • Edward Levy Mar 30, 2015
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    I am inclined to agree with you namey names, and I will take it a step further, I do not think he should have been "forced" to resign

  • Tim Wallace Mar 30, 2015
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    Well like most folks in chapel hill these days, he was asleep at the wheel.

  • Steve Sanders Mar 30, 2015
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    How do you think he got to where he parked?? And when you or your family are injuried or kill you will not think it is over kill!

  • Namey Names Mar 30, 2015
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    So basically - you can get a DUI for being parked, trying to sleep off a buzz when you realize - hey, I had a little too much to drink to drive home. It's hot/cold out, so I'll sit here and let the ac/heat run and sleep. Stupid law - it's meant to not let people skip around DUI charges by being "parked" quickly if they think they're about to get pulled... but if the guy was parked somewhere with the car running, and not driving, he shouldn't of been charged.

    Nor is this "news". Frankly the DUI laws in this state are a bit overkill and ridiculous.

  • Chris Byrd Mar 30, 2015
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    It wouldn't but that's the World we live in. When your on a college football staff and get arrested it's news.

  • Fenway O'Donnell Mar 30, 2015
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    Would this be news if he were not a football coach?? I am not a UNC fan, but I don't see the relevancy here.

  • Eric Gee Mar 30, 2015
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    wonder if hell receive the same punishment that the UNC CENTRAL Coach RECEIVED