UNC Hires Tulsa's Cunningham As Athletic Director

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has hired Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham as the school's next AD.

University trustees approved the hiring in a meeting Friday morning. Cunningham's start date is Nov. 14 and his contract runs through June 2017. He will make $525,000 annually and will receive a $40,000 annual expense allowance. He can receive bonuses for average team academic performance, as well as when the football team reaches a bowl or the men's and women's basketball teams reach the NCAA tournament.

Cunningham will replace Dick Baddour, who is stepping down after 14 years amid the ongoing NCAA investigation into the football program. Chancellor Holden Thorp, who attended the trustees meeting, has said Baddour would remain on at least through the school's appearance before the NCAA infractions committee on Oct. 28.


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  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Oct 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    Like I said, Wake best team in the state! The only team to beat a top 25 team. Holes, you can wait on basketball and Dean Smith's main man O'bama can help you guys on the battleship.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    He is going to be a good one.
  • by Earl on Oct 14, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    You mean like ECU upgrading by hiring coaches from UNC? This is more like a coach in the minors being called up to the bigs. Looks like UNC got a very good one, regardless of where he came from.
  • by Robert on Oct 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    UNC is trying to upgrade by going after CUSA people!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 08:32 AM in reply to Robert
      Tulsa is the most successful athletic program in CUSA with over 30 conference championships. Coach Cunningham made an "upgrade" by going to the ACC Robert.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 09:28 AM in reply to Robert
      Robert, what you mean is he made an upgrade to UNC...
  • by Fred Location: NC on Oct 14, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    There are a lot of similarities between the Tulsa boosters and the unc boosters...each have big pockets and are not shy about "supporting" the athletic programs. He should fit right in.
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