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Wednesday October 27th

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.



UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham speaks at the Rammys. Photo taken by Jeffrey A. Camarati and courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications.

Bubba Cunningham prepares for "new era" as Supreme Court rules against NCAA

All nine justices sided with Shawne Alston, the lead plaintiff in the case and a former football player at the University of West Virginia, who argued that the NCAA's caps on education-related benefits violated federal antitrust laws. What makes this case particularly compelling, though, is that it could open the door for challenges to the NCAA rule that prohibits college athletes from being paid.

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Head coach Larry Fedora looks on during UNC's 42-35 loss to Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium on Nov. 10, 2018.

UNC head football coach Larry Fedora will not be retained, no replacement yet named

Larry Fedora's seventh year as the UNC head football coach is also his last, the University announced on Sunday. The announcement came just after a loss to N.C. State marked the end of North Carolina football's worst season since 2003.  During his tenure, UNC had a combined record of 45-43 — having some of its best and worst seasons in recent program history under the coach. Read about Fedora's turbulent time at the helm of the Tar Heels here.

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Letter: ​Come out to the last home football game

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.

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