Trustees Extend Baddour's Contract Through 2007

The UNC Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year contract extension for Athletics Director Dick Baddour ’66 that will run through 2007.

The decision came after an extensive review process by the Faculty Athletics Committee, where coaches and Rams Club officials were asked to evaluate Baddour’s performance. On Moeser’s recommendation, the trustees voted unanimously for the extension.

This was the first known review of a UNC athletics director, although Moeser said that such reviews were commonplace for high-ranking University officials.

Baddour’s current contract would have expired June 30. While the evaluation period for Baddour originally was supposed to have been completed last June, both Moeser and Baddour said they forgot about this deadline.

Baddour was named athletics director in 1997, when John Swofford ’71 left to become commissioner of the ACC. Baddour previously had served as an associate athletics director as well as director of admissions and assistant dean at the law school.

Moeser has given Baddour strong public shows of support in the past and recommended the extension. Other coaches have praised Baddour for his equal attention to all sports and athletics issues and not solely the revenue sports.

Baddour has dealt with the unprecedented expansion of the ACC along with several controversial coaching decisions.

Under terms of the new contract, Baddour will earn $203,803 annually, no change from his previous salary. He will receive bonuses equivalent to a month’s pay, or $16,923, if UNC reaches a bowl game in football or the NCAA Tournament in men’s or women’s basketball. He will receive another bonus if UNC finishes in the top 10 of the Directors Cup standing for overall athletic excellence.