North Carolina

UNC AD Baddour will step down

Posted July 28, 2011
Updated July 29, 2011

— Dick Baddour, who has served as the athletic director for the University of North Carolina for the past 14 years, announced Thursday that he has asked that a search for his replacement begin.

“I’ve given my heart and soul for 45 years to the University of North Carolina,” Baddour said. “It is my responsibility to do what is in the best interest of the program and this is my decision.”

Baddour began his UNC career in 1967 as assistant dean of men and became assistant dean of undergraduate admissions in 1971. He has also served as assistant dean at the UNC School of Law, as the school's director of admissions and scholarship programs, head of personnel and supervisor of career planning and placement.

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Baddour was named director of athletics on June 25, 1997, replacing John Swofford. Eight years ago, Baddour was instrumental in bringing in men's basketball coach Roy Williams.

"Dick Baddour is one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. I can’t think of anyone that loves the University of North Carolina more than Dick," Williams said. "Dick was extremely important in my return to UNC eight years ago. I probably would not have come back at that time had he not handled the hiring process the way he did. I will miss working with him a great deal."

Chancellor Holden Thorp said Baddour will serve out the remainder of his contract, through June 2012, and will also attend the NCAA hearing in October with the Committee on Infractions regarding violations within the football program.

“We need Dick with us when we go to Indianapolis,” Thorp said. “There is nobody in the world that I would rather have next to me when we go before the NCAA committee in October than Dick Baddour.”

Baddour’s announcement was one of a handful of decisions that will affect the future of UNC athletics.

On Wednesday, Thorp announced that head football coach Butch Davis had been dismissed just eight days prior to the start of the season.

“This was a very difficult decision compounded by cost and timing,” Thorp said. “Integrity of our football program and reputation of this university have a value beyond any dollar figure.”

Davis’ contract calls for a substantial buyout based on his base salary, years remaining on his current contract as well as retention and supplemental bonuses if he is “terminated without cause.” Thorp said Thursday that Davis will be given a buyout worth as much as $2.7 million.

A replacement for Davis was not immediately announced. Baddour and Thorp will interview three candidates - associate head coach Sam Pittman, defensive coordinator Everett Withers and offensive coordinator John Shoop – Thursday afternoon and make an announcement “in a couple of days.”

“The best way for our football program to move forward is to make a change,” Thorp said. “I considered making changes in the fall and throughout the whole process. I finally got to a point to make them now.”

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  • fireman1234 Jul 30, 2011

    And the walls are crumbling down......!!!!

  • ebooth0550 Jul 29, 2011

    "A revolting, dirty little river town on the Tar River." George Washington

  • Mr. D3 Jul 29, 2011

    We will miss his repeated mispronunciation of the word program. ("Proogrum")

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jul 29, 2011

    If Baddour really is leaving UNHAPPILY, maybe he's another candidate for spilling some beans that Carolina doesn't want "spilt!"

    Spill 'em, DB! Spill 'em!

  • Objective Scientist Jul 29, 2011

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    Agreed... Baddour has his "detractors", as virtually every AD does... it is impossible to please everyone in a fan-base of hundreds of thousands or more... and "fat-cat" contributors who are "used to getting their way" with everything. AD is NOT an easy job, "glamorous" perhaps - NOT easy!

    Baddour is basically a "really good guy" in so many ways. Has he made mistakes in administering the Carolina athletic program... yes. All past Carolina ADs made mistakes and all future Carolina ADs WILL make mistakes and/or simply do things with which not all will agree. Looking past that, Baddour has a truly long and distinguished "history" with UNC-CH and has indeed had great success and accomplishments. Those who "know" him will focus on those, unfortunately most others will associate the Davis fiasco and the tarnishing of the University's reputation with his "stepping down". Most likely it is/will be viewed, no matter how Baddour himself stated it, as a "forced step down" (BARELY below being fired) and not a graceful retirement after a career of many positive accomplishments. Truly unfortunate in many ways.

  • GhostofSmitty Jul 29, 2011

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    Unfortunately in the media, no, but he is well respected in Chapel Hill and will now be branded a bit of a martyr IMHO. Collateral Damage.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 29, 2011

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    Indeed "well said"... I could "quibble" on some of it, but lots of truth. One solution would be for Chancellors/Presidents (C/Ps) to insist on "better contracts" being written for coaches and for ADs... contracts that better protect the University! Contracts for coaches (esp. football-basketball) are RIDICULOUS! Davis and Williams, like most/all of their cohorts across the country, have total "compensations packages" that pay them millions, yet they have "bonus clauses" in their contracts that, in essence, pay them even more - at least tens of thousands - if they accomplish... get this... what they are being paid millions to accomplish, i.e., go to bowls, make the NCAA play-offs with more $$$ for each round they advance. YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! ADs... Baddour had similar "bonuses" in his contract. Every time our coaches who are paid millions do what they are being paid millions to do did what they are being paid to do... he got a bonus as well! UNBELIEVABLE!!! And coaches, in particular and for all practical purpose, NEVER seem to be fired "for cause" - so they walk away with even more millions - even after committing acts of commission and/or omission that clearly fly in the face of/contrary to NCAA rules and/or institutional purpose and policy!!! The Butch Davis case is a clear example of this, Tressel at Ohio State another recent one. It seems that "paying off coaches" even when they were clearly culpable has simply become the "price of doing business" in intercollegiate athletics. IMO... that "price" has unequivocally become TOO HIGH!

  • Objective Scientist Jul 29, 2011

    I saw someone state that Baddour "stepped down" because Thorp made the decision to fire Davis without consulting with him. I have NO idea if that is fact or not. Do I think it could have happened that way... YES! Do I know it for fact... NO! That being said... if Thorp alone really did step up and make that decision without seeking the "approval" of his AD - I am glad! All University Chancellors/Presidents need to stop "tip-toeing" around their ADs and their football and men's basketball coaches and act like what they are... the CEO of the University, of which athletics is ONLY one small part. Some of the true (and there is a LOT) "excess" in intercollegiate athletics and situations such as those at UNC and Ohio State could be lessened if Chancellors/Presidents would have the courage to do what Thorp did. The hell with the "timing" issue for some... if it truly needed to be done - fire Davis - then it made NO sense to allow him to coach another season, even one game! Me... I'd have been much more inclined to have fired him months ago. If my head football coach says to me that he, in effect, had no clue about ALL of the things that we now know were going on... that is prima facia evidence of INCOMPETENCE! I would be inclined to believe him if he said he did not know of SOME things, but ALL! If I'm Chancellor... that is NOT the type of coach, Dean, department chair, etc. that I want working for me... someone who is OBLIVIOUS to some things readily seen by others.

    ALL, across the USA, Chancellors/Presidents of our Universities should "step up" and take charge of their athletic programs... and I am not suggesting "micro-managing", they don't have time to do that... they have the broader University to care for as well. But they SHOULD set the "tone" and emphasize recruiting STUDENT-athletes, NOT ATLETES-students... and DEFINITELY NOT ATHLETES-period!

  • Cragsdale Jul 29, 2011

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    coming from an e-z-u fan.. laughable.

  • FAN72 Jul 29, 2011

    Although I am not a fan, it was surely a sad day and a sad ending to Mr. Baddour's career.

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