North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour will step down when his contract ends in June 2012, he announced this morning.
"[Chancellor Holden Thorp] and I have had conversations about staying beyond that date to help stabilize the program after the NCAA made its ruling," Baddour said. "However, as someone who has hired coaches for the past 14 years, I know that it's even more imperative that my successor be able to name the next permanent head coach. Therefore, I have asked Chancellor Thorp to begin the search for an athletic director as soon as possible so that person may be available to hire a permanent football coach in time to recruit next season's freshman class. It is my responsibility to do what is in the best interest of the program, and this is my decision."