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UNC's Thorp: Presidents Running Sports Not Working

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Outgoing North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp says presidents are often ill-equipped to run big-time sports programs and should give more control to their athletic directors.

Thorp spoke Friday during a campus forum about balancing athletics and academics.

Thorp says the "presidential-control idea has sort of gotten away from us" and that the model hasn't prevented corruption or the money-driven culture of college sports.

He says schools should put ADs back in charge and hold them accountable or "be honest" by telling presidents of schools with prominent sports programs "that athletics is the most important part of their job."

Thorp led UNC through a 2-year NCAA investigation of the football program. He will step down in June to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis.


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