During a Thursday morning press conference, UNC chancellor Holden Thorpe said, “We anticipate we won’t be dismissing Coach Davis for cause. We will not.”
“I don’t believe he knew about the things that went on.”
Those were just two of the interesting things that were stated during the presser.
Athletic director Dick Babbour, who is under contract through next summer, acknowledged that he has offered to step down. The chancellor will immediately begin a search for a new athletic director. Baddour will stay on until the new AD has been named.
Baddour will not be involved in the selection of the new head coach.
Baddour explained, “As someone who has hired coaches for the past 14 years, I know it is even more imperative for my successor be able to name the next permanent head coach. Therefore, I have asked Chancellor Thorpe to begin the search for an athletic director as soon as possible, so that that person may be available to hire the permanent head coach in time to recruit next season’s freshman class. Your head coach needs to know who your athletic director is going to be.”
Asked if dismissing Butch Davis was a reaction to potentially lightening the severity of the forthcoming NCAA penalties, Thorpe responded, “Absolutely, not. We reached the point where that’s not the primary concern anymore.”
Thorpe said, “We can’t get better without making a change.”
“I considered making changes in the fall and throughout this whole process.”
“I know that the timing is terrible.”
UNC is on the hook for a maximum of $2.75 million to Butch Jones. The chancellor will be meeting with the staff later today to determine who will serve as the interim head coach.