May 20, 2019
Mark Gangloff, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been named the new head coach of Carolina’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Gangloff comes to UNC after seven years at the University of Missouri,...Read More
April 30, 2019
Courtney Banghart, who took over a Princeton team that never had been to the NCAA tournament and got them there in eight of the past 10 years, has been named women’s basketball coach at Carolina....Read More
April 19, 2019
Sylvia Hatchell has resigned as women’s basketball coach after an investigation found that she made comments that were racially insensitive and was perceived by some of her players to have “undue influence” regarding medical issues...Read More
The athletics department’s original request of a $90 annual increase — an addition to the existing $274.50 fee — was halved in negotiations over two weeks in October. The department had asked for $45 to cover scholarships for out-of-state athletes and $45 for operating and recruiting budgets for nonrevenue sports. The request later was reduced to half that, all for scholarships.
The request stemmed in part from the N.C. General Assembly’s 2010 decision to eliminate a waiver for scholarship athletes that had enabled them to attend UNC at in-state tuition rates. That change increased the athletics department’s cost of scholarships.
At the time the request was halved, Senior Associate Athletics Director Martina Ballen ’80 said, “The message we heard back from the students, given the climate and other needs across campus, was the feeling that this wasn’t seen as something that the students needed to fund.” Ballen said compensation for coaches and the operating budget for nonrevenue sports at UNC rank in the bottom third of the ACC. “If we are not able to fund those programs at the level we believe they needed to be funded at, they could slide. We pride ourselves on having a broad-based program, and a successful broad-based program may not be able to see that success going forward.”
The fee committee voted 4-3 to deny the request. The Daily Tar Heel reported that Student Body President Mary Cooper said she couldn’t understand the need for the request in a budget-cutting environment.
In addition to the varsity athletics fee, all students pay a campus recreation fee of $136.57, which covers workout facilities all students can use.