CHAPEL HILL – The committee searching for North Carolina’s new athletics director has begun interviews, chairman Lowry Caudill said today.
He would not state how many people the committee has spoken with, and there remains no timeline for the hire, “but we are narrowing it down to serious candidates, and having the conversations we need with them,” he said.
Interviews have, and will, be conducted in person, he said – ideally by the entire committee, although it could also occur in small groups.
The committee is trying to replace Dick Baddour, who announced he will retire as soon as his replacement is found. Caudill said relevant experience, fit and a history of understanding compliance issues are key factors to narrowing down serious candidates.
Experience hiring coaches is also “critical,” he said, considering one of the new AD’s first jobs will be hiring a football coach at the end of the season. Everett Withers, UNC’s former defensive coordinator, is serving in the interim role until the end of the season.
“This person needs to know how to assess and hire coaches that know how coach their sport, know how to develop student athletes because there’s the development as an athlete, but there’s the development as a student and the education here,’’ he said. “And this person will have some significant hires for the University. Their first big one will be football, but that’s one among many as we have 28 sports at Carolina.”
Candidates don’t necessarily have to have ever hired a football coach, he added.
The 13-member committee next has a day-long meeting scheduled for Monday. Caudill would not say whether interviews would be conducted then.