Topics: Bubba Cunningham

Lawrence “Bubba” Cunningham is the director of athletics at UNC. He is the seventh athletic director in UNC’s history. He was introduced by former Chancellor Holden Thorp in October 2011. Before coming to UNC, Cunningham worked in the athletic department of Ball State, Notre Dame and Tulsa.

During his time at UNC, Cunningham has worked with the Disney Institute to help identify new best practices in the athletic department. In 2013, he launched the Student-Athlete Initiative Working Group with Provost James Dean to help give academic support to student-athletes. He has also commissioned a review by an outside firm looking for ways to improve UNC’s athletic facilities.

Emails show Jay Smith and big-time sports course faced resistance from athletics


After a faculty call for academic freedom brought more attention to the cancellation of history professor Jay Smith’s big-time college sports class, emails from 2016 show the class drew controversy from the beginning.

An agency's oversight: How NCAA enforcement policies failed to catch scandal at UNC


One day, someone will tally up all the mail that comes into the NCAA office in Indianapolis and discover it circles the globe twice — or some other preposterous factoid. But in 2010, there was just another full inbox for an NCAA enforcement staff member to go through, with an email from Mary Willingham.

Kenan Stadium will keep grass over artificial turf, UNC officials decide


Kenan Stadium will stick with grass, after all.

Faculty Athletics Committee reviews student-athlete surveys, academic advising


The Faculty Athletics Committee met Tuesday to discuss student-athlete exit interviews and surveys, pending NCAA legislation and student-athlete academic advising.

Letter: ​Come out to the last home football game


Tar Heel Nation:

Thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm and support you provided during the game against Duke. Your passion for the team and the rivalry was felt on every play, helping the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils in record fashion. The student section in particular was fantastic! Thanks for making this one of our most memorable games in Kenan Stadium.

UNC-system president search leaves public in the dark


Tucked in a room belonging to an analytics and software company in Cary, the UNC-system presidential search committee met in closed session this week.

Q&A with former UNC football coach Mack Brown

Before serving as the head football coach at Texas for 16 seasons, Mack Brown held the same position at North Carolina for 10 years.

Two new potential infractions stall UNC's response to NCAA

The University has uncovered two new pieces of information could potentially require further review from the NCAA.

NOA response focus of Faculty Athletics Committee

Bubba Cunningham had to think about every single word of his presentation to the Faculty Athletics Committee Thursday.

Officials eye mandatory redshirt

Marlon Petty is OK taking a year off from the sport he loves if it means he’ll have a smoother transition into college.

Experts weigh in on potential sanctions for UNC from NCAA investigation


Nearly 100 days have passed since the release of the Wainstein report, and UNC still appears far from reaching the closure that it seeks.

NCAA approves student-athlete support

UNC was one of 65 schools that voted to pass legislation on Saturday to better financially support student-athletes across the country with an increased value of athletic scholarships. 

Gene Chizik possible next defensive coordinator


During the 2014 football season, the North Carolina defense was torched week in and week out — finishing the season ranked No. 117 in total defense out of the 125 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.

UNC athletes haven't unionized despite ruling

UNC-system scholarship athletes have denied the invitation to sign up.

Working group talks athletic department's interactions with Honor Court

Less than a month after four football players were sent to the student attorney general for being accused of assaulting redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer during training camp, the Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group reviewed the Department of Athletics’ procedures for interacting with the Honor Court. 

Faculty Athletics Committee examines changing landscape


Cunningham updated the Faculty Athletics Committee on important litigation and changes to the governance of college athletics in the committee’s first meeting of the academic year.

Investigation of UNC football team handed to Honor System

Student Attorney General Raquel Dominguez will determine whether an investigation will continue in the case regarding the alleged assault of UNC redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer.

Smith Center renovations postponed

After months of discussions surrounding renovations to the Smith Center, UNC fans’ dream for a new-or-improved arena have been put on hold.

Recruiter training is now a priority at UNC


The Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working group wants to raise the standards for coaches who recruit on behalf of the University.

Athletes given a new path to return through Complete Carolina

Every summer for almost 10 long years, Marvin Williams has returned to Chapel Hill, taking classes and slowly chipping away at a degree

UNC student-athlete working group talks data on athletes

There’s no lack of data on student-athletes at UNC, but what administrators are struggling to do is find meaning. “Numbers in the absence of context are just marks on the page,” said Steve Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions.

More questions arise in Hairston case

The University’s athletic department has acknowledged a series of revelations in the national media regarding North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston and a Durham man with ties to his case.

Cops, athletic officials mum on P.J. Hairston case

In the days since sophomore guard P.J. Hairston was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a license, few details have been released about his case — and even less is known about the potential implications of his arrest.

Athletic department releases 3-year plan

Throughout his career, legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith always had six words for his players. Now, decades later, Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham has six similar words for his department — six words that summarize its new strategic plan, which was released today.

Faculty react to NCAA sanctions, look to the future

When the end result of a two-year-long NCAA investigation came Monday, some faculty members were relieved. But that feeling was diminished by the severity of the punishments.