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.
April 27, 2017
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.
April 24, 2017
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.
December 01, 2016
Kenan Stadium will stick with grass, after all.
November 08, 2016
The Faculty Athletics Committee met Tuesday to discuss student-athlete exit interviews and surveys, pending NCAA legislation and student-athlete academic advising.
TO THE EDITOR:
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.
September 17, 2015
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.
August 11, 2015
Before serving as the head football coach at Texas for 16 seasons, Mack Brown held the same position at North Carolina for 10 years.
August 14, 2015
The University has uncovered two new pieces of information could potentially require further review from the NCAA.
August 13, 2015
Bubba Cunningham had to think about every single word of his presentation to the Faculty Athletics Committee Thursday.
March 18, 2015
Marlon Petty is OK taking a year off from the sport he loves if it means he’ll have a smoother transition into college.
January 27, 2015
Nearly 100 days have passed since the release of the Wainstein report, and UNC still appears far from reaching the closure that it seeks.
January 20, 2015
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.
January 06, 2015
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.
October 13, 2014
UNC-system scholarship athletes have denied the invitation to sign up.
September 30, 2014
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.
September 16, 2014
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.
September 11, 2014
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.
August 26, 2014
After months of discussions surrounding renovations to the Smith Center, UNC fans’ dream for a new-or-improved arena have been put on hold.
August 19, 2014
Every summer for almost 10 long years, Marvin Williams has returned to Chapel Hill, taking classes and slowly chipping away at a degree
March 17, 2014
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.
July 10, 2013
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.
June 12, 2013
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.
January 08, 2013
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.
March 13, 2012
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.