A day after the school fired Butch Davis amid an NCAA investigation into his program, Dick Baddour said Thursday he will step down after 14 years running the sport department. In the final year of a three-year contract extension expiring in June, Baddour will stay until the school can hire a replacement because he wants his successor to name the next coach instead of inheriting a hire. The school also promoted defensive coordinator Everett Withers to interim head coach later Thursday.
An emotional Baddour, who has worked at North Carolina for 45 years, said it was his responsibility to do what is best for the athletic program. Thorp said he does not know yet whether Davis will be present at the hearing, but said Baddour will honor the commitment. Thorp said he and Baddour plan to meet with candidates for the position of interim head coach today and an announcement will be made in the next couple of days, but both declined to comment about the identities of the candidates.
Butch Davis sat in his Chevy Tahoe in shock. It was a sticky night in late Julyand the year-old head coach had just been blindsided. Davis had no idea what the meeting was to be about.
Once upon a time, things were just about perfect. One day the perfect job came open. The person who gave up the perfect job had performed so well at it that his successor surely would have little to do but kick back in the office and watch as an incredibly efficient machine hummed along. As fortune would have it, the perfect candidate was in waiting.
DeSelm was an All-American swimmer for UNC and has been a member of their coaching staff for nearly 30 years, including 12 seasons as head coach. I love UNC, our teams and the athletic department. Working at my alma mater is an honor.
I think it's just more the handling, the process that I'm disappointed in, quite frankly. I didn't feel like all the options were exhausted. Doherty said neither Baddour nor his assistants attended any UNC practices during the season and that they did not meet with any assistant coaches.
But, as said in a recent articleChancellor Holden Thorp should be gone by the end of the year. His recent violation of NCAA rules dealing with scholarship offers to recruits when discussing the offer made to Butch Davis' son certainly makes it more likely. But there is another reason just surfacing that could hasten his departure.
It was June 25, — the day of his wedding anniversary — and at the time, Baddour and his family were on vacation at Kure Beach, N. With Baddour set to step down on Nov. But while that process itself was reminiscent of the one Baddour experienced 14 years ago, the circumstances under which it occurred were not. Chancellor Holden Thorp named a member search committee on Aug.
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He went on to explain the four guiding principles of the athletics department: academic success, integrity, competition and overall experience of student athletes. In the hour-long talk, Baddour shed a positive light in the wake of an investigation that rocked the athletics department, praising the football team for its resiliency in tough times. It is truly remarkable.