North Carolina athletic director Baddour stepping down
North Carolina is now looking for a new football coach and an athletic director.
A day after the school fired Butch Davis amid an NCAA investigation into his program, Dick Baddour said Thursday he will step down after 14 years running the 28-sport department. In the final year of a three-year contract extension expiring in June, Baddour will stay until the school can hire a replacement because he wants his successor to name the next coach instead of inheriting a hire.
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"It is my responsibility to do what is in the best interest of the program, and this is my decision," Baddour said in a news conference to discuss Davis' firing.
The school also promoted defensive coordinator Everett Withers to interim head coach later Thursday.
Chancellor Holden Thorp said Baddour will attend the school's hearing before the NCAA infractions committee in October, then serve out his contract in another position once the school hires a replacement.
Baddour's departure adds to a bumpy year in Chapel Hill as the NCAA investigated improper benefits and academic misconduct within a program seemingly positioned to contend for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a BCS bowl. Fourteen players missed at least one game and seven were forced to sit the entire season. The NCAA's notice of allegations outlined nine potential major violations last month, though none tied to Davis.
Shuler doesn't want Tennessee AD job
North Carolina congressman and former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler said he is not interested in the vacant Tennessee athletic director position. A top aide to Shuler told the POLITICO Web site that Shuler is running for re-election in 2012. "He is not going to be the next athletic director at the University of Tennessee," Shuler spokesman Andrew Whalen said. "He has not sought it. He has not interviewed for it. If offered, he will not accept it."
Pac-12 to launch seven TV networks
The Pacific-12 Conference announced Wednesday it would create six regional channels and a national one. There will be a network for each of the six regions that have two colleges: Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain. All will carry national programming, including 35 football games, more than 100 men's basketball games and 40 women's basketball games, as well as the Olympic sports that traditionally have gotten little or no television exposure. So far, the conference has signed cable operators Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox and Bright House to carry the networks, and expects to add satellite and telephone companies. The conference recently expanded to 12 colleges through the addition of Colorado and Utah.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Rose caught speeding after sentencing
Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose was given a speeding ticket in suburban Detroit hours after he was sentenced to nearly three weeks in jail for drunken driving, authorities said Thursday. Rose was clocked going 46 mph in a 25-mph zone shortly before 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson said. He was given a citation for going at least 10 mph over the limit. Rose's attorney did not immediately return a message left seeking comment. Rose was sentenced earlier Wednesday to 20 days in jail for a March drunken-driving crash near Detroit. He pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in May and apologized in a brief statement.
Lochte beats Phelps, sets world record
Ryan Lochte not only beat Michael Phelps in consecutive races — he's taken swimming to record-setting levels. The laid-back American edged Phelps for gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the world championships in Shanghai on Thursday, setting the first world record since high-tech bodysuits were banned at the start of last year. With Phelps putting pressure on in the final freestyle lap, Lochte sprinted to the wall and touched in 1 minute, 54.00 seconds — improving on his old mark of 1:54.10 set at the last worlds in Rome two years ago when polyurethane suits were still in use. "I wanted to do something that everyone thought was impossible," Lochte said. "Since they banned those suits, everyone thought a world record would never get touched again. I just wanted to show everyone that can happen." Phelps settled for silver in 1:54.16 and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary took bronze in 1:57.69.
Devils, Islanders trade forwards
In a move that helps both teams in regard to salaries, the New Jersey Devils acquired forward Trent Hunter from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Brian Rolston on Thursday. Hunter, 31, spent nine seasons with the Islanders, compiling 99 goals and 229 points in 459 NHL games. He played just 17 games last season, scoring one goal, because of a torn knee ligament. Rolston, 38, was in his second stint as a Devil. He had 14 goals and 34 points last season, when New Jersey missed the post-season for the first time since 1996.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bolt to run 200 tuneup in Stockholm
Usain Bolt returns to the scene of two rare defeats in the 100 meters when he runs at the DN Galan meet in Stockholm on Friday, hoping a switch to his favored 200 will help get him back in victory lane. The Jamaican star headlines the field at the Diamond League event, his last scheduled race before the world championships next month in South Korea. The world and Olympic champion was beaten by American rival Tyson Gay in the 100 in Stockholm last year, his only loss of the season and his first at the distance in two years. At the same venue in 2008, Bolt lost to fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell in the 100.
The last word
San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy wears No. 15. So does Carlos Beltran, who was traded to the Giants on Wednesday night. Said Bochy:
"Nothing that a Rolex can't fix."