Dick Baddour has been through a lot this week, as the North Carolina athletic director is already juggling logistics and a media firestorm following the firing of UNC football coach Butch Davis. At a press conference Thursday morning, Baddour announced that he will be stepping down as well once his contract as up.
Baddour, the school's athletic director for over a decade, will remain in university employ through next summer. His AD duties will end much sooner, however, according to SB Nation Blog Carolina March.
Chancellor Thorp will seek a replacement as soon as possible, with Baddour staying on primarily to deal with the ongoing NCAA investigation. Baddour will have little to no input on the hiring of the next permanent football coach.
The exit announcement was a dry affair, although Thorp dropped one rather interesting quote at the press conference, saying "I am very very reluctantly accepting Dick's offer to step down sooner," according to Brett McMurphy.