Todd Turner for UNC Athletic Director

Turner was our AD through our self-imposed punishment. He’s a Carolina guy, and he’s obviously got the experience to lead them through the jungle of sanctions. I do not see a more reasonable choice for the position.

Like you’ve come to expect from SFN, here is a soothsayer-like discussion of Mr. Turner’s worthy resume that shows his propensity to ignore competition results in favor of off-the-field compliance.

Turner is just what the doctor ordered to restore North Carolinan’s confidence in UNC Athletics.

From his bio at University of Washington:

Turner previously held the position of athletic director at North Carolina State University and the University of Connecticut. He also worked in athletic administration at the University of Virginia.

As the athletics director at Washington, Turner oversees one of the nation’s most successful programs. It includes 23 sport programs with a $50.5 million annual budget. Approximately 650 student-athletes compete for Washington’s athletics teams, while the department includes a staff of 195. In the most recent NCAA graduation report, Washington student-athletes graduated at 84 percent, above the national average for Division I institutions and slightly ahead of the graduation rate for all UW students.

Turner has a reputation for being highly respected by his peers, and a leading advocate in the movement to bring academic reform to NCAA member institutions. After leaving Vanderbilt he continued to serve the NCAA as chair of the NCAA Management Council’s Working Group on Incentives and Disincentives tied to academic performance.

In 2004, his efforts on academic reform were felt when the NCAA implemented changes in academic requirements and eligibility restrictions aimed at improving graduation rates among student-athletes. The Incentives/Disincentives Working Group completed work on an academic reform proposal that includes raised initial and continuing academic eligibility requirements. That group developed an ambitious proposal to penalize schools based on poor academic performance.

Turner resigned from University of Washington in 2008 and left with the statement below regarding an alleged commitment to winning as reported by this article from the Seattle Times.

Turner said he would never say winning is not important, “but the message that our students hear, that our coaches hear, that our leadership hears from the general run-of-the-mill fan is that the only thing we really care about is how many games they win. And I have to look at that after 32 years of doing this and say ‘wow, is that really what we are all about? Have I been that naïve all this period of time? I have been spending all my time on the student-athlete experience and trying to create better lives for people and the proper place in higher education when all I should have been worrying about is how many games we’ve won.’ Why didn’t I go to the NFL if that’s all it’s about.’’’

From another article by the Seattle Times, a UW official had this to say about Turner:

Emmert praised the job Turner did in “getting the ship upright. We are in much better shape than we were four years ago. … The program was in many ways in great disarray, and Todd’s done a great job of turning that all around. But we also have a lot of other things that need to get done in the athletic program, and for me this is a question if this is the right fit for Todd at this stage of his career.”

Aren’t those statements essentially the “anti-Butch?” Hire him yesterday, Heels. Turner can certainly fix what ails you.

Turner is apparently now working as a Collegiate Coach headhunter via Collegiate Sports Associates.


43 Responses to Todd Turner for UNC Athletic Director

  1. LRM 07/30/2011 at 11:29 AM #

    Brilliant, GA.

  2. dindc 07/30/2011 at 11:43 AM #

    GAWolf, the “UW official” named Emmert who you quoted happens to be Mark Emmert, who is now the President of the entire NCAA.

  3. packhammer 07/30/2011 at 11:45 AM #

    Jeez did you really have to bring up He Who Must not be Named? I may just puke. He was terrible and his good work was only made more mediocre by the Prince of Milktoast Tennesee. It’s all an ugly nightmare. Can we move on now? Here I am feeling super great about Deb, TOB, and Gott and we have to go skipping back to what I keep hoping is now a fading era of frustration for the faithful.

  4. 61Packer 07/30/2011 at 11:52 AM #

    I hope they sign Withers to a multi-year contract midway the season and then hire Phil Ford as their next AD.

    Nothing could be finer……………

  5. wolfpack95 07/30/2011 at 11:53 AM #

    Great post.
    UNC, hire Turner immediately. Turner can do for you what he did for us.

  6. blpack 07/30/2011 at 12:11 PM #

    He would fit in great over there and lead them to places they’d have never imagined in athletics.

  7. Gene 07/30/2011 at 1:12 PM #

    Turner will not hurt UNC-Ch athletic, like he did ours.

    I don’t think the existing coaches would allow an AD to mess with them. If the BoT had a choice between retaining an AD, who pissed off Roy, Dorrance, Hatchell, or Fox or the other coaches, I think the AD gets the boot in heartbeat.

    UNC-CH was regularly in contention for the Director’s Cup, when Baddour was AD. Turner or anyone else they pick will do no worse.

    Most of UNC-Ch’s team sports are on cruise control, until the incumbent coaches retire.

    Those sports have been so good, for so long, they can just pick and chose a replacement, rather than actually having to sell the program to prospective coaches.

    Basically, any idiot can be AD at UNC-CH, as long as the current crop of coaches don’t retire. Even if they do, the head coaching jobs will be among the most coveted in college sports.

    In a nut shell, it would take a moron of unbelievable proportions to screw up UNC-Ch athletics at this point in time.

  8. hoop 07/30/2011 at 1:36 PM #

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  10. GAWolf 07/30/2011 at 2:14 PM #

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  11. GAWolf 07/30/2011 at 2:16 PM #

    Back to the subject, Dindc….I had no idea. Thank you for sharing that. Amazing irony.

  12. StateFans 07/30/2011 at 2:18 PM #

    Surprised people have such a problem finding computers that have mute buttons for their speakers.

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  13. Hungwolf 07/30/2011 at 2:20 PM #

    Great idea, let the bastards get a taste of what the BOG did to us and the first SOB that should be beating the drum to hire Turner, should be Mr. Friday himself or does Mr. Friday only care about the “spirit of the law” , not actual violations, like nine!

    And did anyone miss the little tid bit that Whiters is the first black head coach in any major sport in UNC history, only second one ever. WOW! Had any other major university in the state or the nation for that matter had that kind of track record it would have already been front page news. Stuck up cheating lying “racist” UNC bastards!

  14. GAWolf 07/30/2011 at 2:25 PM #

    Exactly. There’s tons of irony in calling out “Mr. Friday” here as well. Its not “Friday” yet until he makes a push to bring in Turner to salt the earth below the smoldering embers where their athletic department once stood.

  15. wolf_at_my_door 07/30/2011 at 3:18 PM #

    Having grown up with Tod(dy), I can vouch that NC State fans’ characterizations of him are accurate.

    I highly recommend Todd for the AD job in Chapel-Hill.

    Having previously worked with Mark Emmert at UDub will prove to be of great value to Turner, UNC and the NCAA.

    Go for it UNC. It is EXACTLY what you deserve.

  16. StandUpAndHowl 07/30/2011 at 3:52 PM #

    As the waiter at the restaurant said, “Excellent choice!”

  17. dmt321 07/30/2011 at 4:04 PM #

    Turner for AD and the always successful 0-12 Ty Willingham for their new football coach.

    They have a great golf course where Willingham can go to play golf rather then spend time recruiting to build a football program.

  18. roandaddy 07/30/2011 at 4:27 PM #

    Sadly, the rumor is they will go after Hyman at USC.

  19. 61Packer 07/30/2011 at 4:45 PM #

    You mean South Carolina, not USC. Never confuse the Chickens with the Trojans, who are the real USC.

  20. wolfpacktexx 07/30/2011 at 5:04 PM #

    trner as the UNC AD – too funny! But serious he placed damage on our atheletic’s program that took a decade to rebound from.

    Let Mike O Cain take over as their new Offensive Coordinator as well

  21. tjfoose1 07/30/2011 at 5:10 PM #

    First black coach of a major sport at UNC? Considering their basketball success and how far they go back with Dean, I think that clears basketball of any legitimate racist accusations.

    Football on the other hand… Nothing even close to the history or success, but I still don’t see a racist conspiracy.

    And exactly when did State first hire a black head coach for a major sport? Unless I’m forgetting something, that was Sidney Lowe.

    Lots to rightfully criticize about the ‘flagship’, I don’t see this as one of them.

  22. highstick 07/30/2011 at 5:24 PM #

    That’s “the USC” to you, 61!

  23. Hungwolf 07/30/2011 at 5:42 PM #

    200 years as a university self procliamed liberal arts leader. 25 plus head coaches of different sports programs. Lets say average tenure of 5 years as a head coach. That means just in recent history, it would be safe to say UNC-Chapel Hill has employed easily over 100 head coaches with less than 1 percent of those being black. In fact only 1 in 216 years as a school. Zero as a member of the southern conference. One as a member of the ACC until the second was hired this week. I’d say that some sad numbers, for a school where many an athlete majors in african studies.

    You would think the hiring at a public university would represent the state demographics. NC 21% black. Or maybe would represent its local population where you would think most of the small revenue or non-revenue sport head coaches would be hired from: Chapel Hill 12% black and Durham 43%. I say these numbers show Swafford hired one black, Baddour in all his years hired zero black head coachs. Now Thorpe has hired one. Hard to imagine in Baddour’s 20 plus years as AD at UNC he never found one qualified black person to be a head coach. That’s racism in my book! Wonder since Thorpe has been forced to review the Athletic department if this was brought to his attention and that is why he choose Withers?

    Numbers don’t lie and they make UNC look bad, and I still say they lying cheating “racist ” bastards. And the media would be all over these numbers if it were any other school in the state other than UNC.

  24. primacyone 07/30/2011 at 5:48 PM #

    Ha. I was thinking of posting TT on the Forums yesterday. He’s living in Pinehust now.

    I think it will be the AD from VCU. He’s got a hot name now and has UNX roots.

  25. WolftownVA81 07/30/2011 at 7:20 PM #

    and Lee Fowler as his assistant.

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