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UNC Athletics Director To Step Down

There is more fallout today from the firing of UNC head football coach Butch Davis. Athletics Director Dick Baddour told reporters at a morning news conference that he will leave the university next June.

The athletics director said he is resigning to help Chancellor Holden Thorp find a new head football coach. "It is my responsibility to do what is in the best interest of the program and this is my decision," Baddour told reporters.

Baddour says he will serve out his contract with the university, but will step aside when a new athletics director comes on board.

"The chancellor and I have had conversations about staying beyond that date to help stabilize the program after the NCAA made its ruling," said Baddour. "However as someone who has hired coaches for the past 14 years, I know that it is even more imperative that my successor be able to name the next permanent head coach."

Baddour said he would interview interim candidates for the football job, but he wants his successor to play a role in hiring a new coach.

"We've had a tough year and you know as I said, nine NCAA allegations, continued questions about academics and the need to find a way to move forward, that's why we're here," said Chancellor Thorp.

Davis was fired yesterday. Thorp has said that decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University's reputation over the past year.

Baddour has been athletics director for the past 15 years.


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A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday about the ouster of Butch Davis as the head football coach for the UNC Tar Heels.

UNC confirmed Wednesday that Davis was out. So far UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp has said the decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University's reputation over the past year.

Many people were shocked by the decision, nine days before preseason practice begins.



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The University of North Carolina confirms that Butch Davis is out as head football coach at UNC Chapel Hill.

The UNC Board of Trustees met today.

The football program has been under investigation by the NCAA. "To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change," said UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp.


UNC News Release

July 27, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp announced this evening that Butch Davis has been dismissed as head coach of the Carolina football program. Davis was informed by Thorp and Director of Athletics Dick Baddour of the decision.

"To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change," said Thorp. "What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University's reputation. I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved. However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change."

Thorp said the decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University's reputation over the past year.

"Athletics and football are an important part of this University, and a successful football program is essential to the overall health of our athletic program," Thorp continued. "That's why we have to put this behind us and move forward."

Baddour said, "The last 13 months have been some of the most difficult that anyone associated with the athletic department and football program have dealt with. At this time, a decision has been made to change the leadership of the football program to help the entire University community move forward.

"I want to thank Butch Davis and his family for their four-plus years of service and dedication to the University and the Chapel Hill community," continued Baddour. "My staff and I will work with Chancellor Thorp to transition to an interim head coach as soon as possible. It is critical that we do all we can to help our students and other staff members on the football team since preseason training camp begins in just eight days."

Thorp and Baddour will meet with the media on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill (Redbud Room).


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