CHAPEL HILL — University of North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour announced this morning that he has asked university chancellor Holden Thorp to begin a search for a new AD "as soon as possible."
Baddour who is in the final year of a three-year contract extension with the university, said it was imperative that his successor be able to name new football coach for the Tar Heels program.
Baddour's announcement at this morning's news conference at the Friday Center came a day after Thorp announced his decision to dismiss football coach Butch Davis, citing the damage to the university's reputation caused by the ongoing NCAA investigation of the Tar Heels program.
"I've given my heart and soul for 45 years to UNC," Baddour said. "Better days are ahead."
An interim coach for the program has not been named, and the university may end up owing as much as $2.7 million to Davis for his dismissal, Thorp said.
Asked if Davis was fired in an attempt to soften potential NCAA sanctions against the university, Thorp said, "absolutely not."