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A Visual Representation Of UNC’s Year

The end of the year is always good for reflection and looking back where we’ve been. For UNC there was plenty good, a fair amount of bad and just weird stuff all the way around. The basketball team finally bounced back from the 2010 debacle with baseball doing the same. The NCAA scandal chugged along and claimed Butch Davis’ job while simultaneously making Chancellor Holden Thorp the most hated man among UNC fans outside someone associated with Duke. Men’s soccer got over the hump and won the national title while the football team generally confused everyone. With all that happened this year, the upheaval in Chapel Hill is not more starkly seen than in this.

Beginning of 2011

Beginning of 2012

A year ago Butch Davis was still the head coach despite the black NCAA cloud hanging over his program, Dick Baddour remained AD with no clear indication of whether he would retire and Woody Durham was in the middle of basketball season.

During the past year, Woody hung it up and was replaced by Jones Angell. Dick Baddour resigned to make room for a new AD to hire the next football coach in the wake of Butch Davis being fired. Bubba Cunningham took over for Baddour and ultimately hired Larry Fedora.

UNC athletics is the very bastion of stability. Coaching changes do not happen in many sports because most sports at UNC are wildly successful. Dick Baddour had been AD for 14 years and before him John Swofford had a similar lengthy tenure. Woody Durham had been the radio voice for 40 years. While AD and football coaching changes are not unusual, it is not every year a school had both those jobs change hands and sees its primary radio voice retire giving way to a new generation.

The jury is still out to varying degrees  on all three of these new faces but for the most part I think we can all be fairly happy with the direction of things heading into 2012 than perhaps we were when 2011 kicked off.

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7 comments to A Visual Representation Of UNC’s Year

  • Heels Perspective

    I know this is beating the dead horse, but:

    How about a picture of The Kid Who Shall Not Be Named besides BMFD and then a picture of Butta beside Bubba?

  • notoriousii

    Whether he does a good job, or a bad job, The Hat will be on someone else’s head in four years. I hope I am wrong, but I believe Fedora sees UNC as a stepping stone.

  • Andy In Omaha

    “Whether he does a good job, or a bad job, The Hat will be on someone else’s head in four years. I hope I am wrong, but I believe Fedora sees UNC as a stepping stone.”

    Then if he’s able to compete consistently for a conference title or even get UNC into BCS games, let’s hope that UNC treats him right and we don’t go through another Mack Brown debacle.

  • rathskellar68

    The country is swimming in debt it can’t possibly pay off, we’re losing influence in the world, nobody can get a job, the stock market is enough to give you a heart attack, the Democrats do nothing but borrow and the Republicans nothing but squabble…


    One through eight, we are the most talented team out there. We have the coaching, experience, height, depth, speed, savvy and athleticism it takes, not to mention a roster full of future NBA players. In early April we’ll take it all.

    So I, for one, am looking forward to one helluva Happy New Year.

  • notoriousii

    Yes Andy, Yes.

    That defensive coordinator hire looks even better this evening! He has some pretty good juke moves too, avoided the Gator Aid dump!

  • Silent Sam

    There is only one of the three I was sorry to see go. Unfortunately, it was time for Woody to go — and on his own terms.

  • Silent Sam

    Thanks to Tar Heel Fan, C. Michael, Doc, William and all of the great “posters” on this great blog. Happy New Year & Go Heels.