Posted by Chip Patterson
The firing of Butch Davis is not the only leadership change that will occur in the North Carolina athletic department in the coming months. When Chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour addressed the media to explain the dismissal of Davis, Baddour also announced that he plans to step aside as AD.
Baddour's contract is set to run through June 2012, and he informed the media that he has told Thorp to begin the search for his replacement "as soon as possible." Thorp elaborated that Baddour would join the school in representing the program in Indianapolis before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Once the school selects a replacement, Baddour will step aside from day-to-day duties but he will remain under contract until it expires in June.
Baddour, who has served as North Carolina's athletic director for 14 years, was visibly shaken as he announced the conclusion of his tenure to the gathered media in Chapel Hill. Thorp took multiple questions on the timing of the dismissal, and thanked the current playes in his opening statement "for putting on a North Carolina uniform."
Thorp also announced that he would be interviewing the interim candidates Thursday afternoon, and all of the interim candidates are current coaches on the North Carolina staff. The announcement of the interim coach is expected in the next few days.