It’s not always the
highlight-film hit that
gives a football player
a concussion — the
impacts matter, too,
according to UNC
They reached their
reading data from
sensors embedded in
the helmets of Tar
Heel players over
They found out a
lot more about what’s
going on in a player’s
head when they factored in the direction
from which the hit
came, the player’s
position, even whether
it occurred in a practice or a game.
You can see more
detail in Fromthe
Hill Online at
Davis Gets Raise and Extension at Close of First Season
On the eve of the Duke game, which would not corrected, establish the real priorities of the Univer-give Carolina four football victories in Coach sity.” Friday said the raise was “an increase far in excess
Butch Davis’ first season, Davis was given an of that presently provided the president or any chancel-eighth year on his contract and a $291,000-a-year raise. lor and substantially greater than the yearly compensa-
In a statement, Athletics Director Dick Baddour ’ 66 tion of an English professor.”
said Davis was approached in midseason about the pos- Hodding Carter III, University Professor of leader-sibility of a raise and extension. “We were aggressive in ship and public policy and currently on the Knight
pursuing Coach Davis last year before Commission, said: “We just bid against
the season ended, and we wanted to a mythical salary to keep a guy we
be ahead of the curve this year,” the had just given a very good contract ...
statement read. Baddour said he saw a really fine contract to a coach that
progress toward the rebuilding of the may prove himself. But I would say
football program in competitiveness, that it’s a little premature. Big-time
player recruiting and a renewed football has the potential of, and the
excitement among fans. record of, doing more to corrupt the
“My family and I felt like Chapel mission of higher education.”
Hill was the right place last year and Trustees Chair Roger Perry ’ 71
are even more convinced after being told the newspaper: “It’s lamentable
here for one season,” Davis said. “I’m that that’s what it takes to compete.
appreciative of the show of support Unless we unilaterally disarm our pro-from Dick Baddour, the administra- gram, we are going to have to stay
tion, Chancellor Moeser and the competitive. ... This is an issue that’s
Board of Trustees. I’m confident we much, much bigger than just us.”
will continue to make progress in all Trustee Bob Winston III ’ 84 told
phases of the football program. the paper he believed academics
“This should put to rest any specula- ATHLETICCOMMUNICATIONS remained UNC’s overwhelming prior-tion of where I’ll be coaching in the future.” ity. “I believe that if you look at [UNC’s] reputation ...
Criticism followed from two prominent UNC and where we have focused the vast majority of our
voices, one a former co-chair of the Knight Commis- time and resources, it is clear that we believe the aca-sion on Intercollegiate Athletics and the other a cur- demic mission is the most important mission of the
rent member of it. University, and it will continue to be so,” Winston said.
Former UNC System President William Friday ’ 48 Davis’ initial compensation package paid him
(LLB), who regularly warns against what he sees as the $286,000 in base salary from the University, plus an
excesses of college athletics, told The News & Observer: expense account, a media services supplement from
“This salary action establishes a level of compensation Learfield Communications, a Nike apparel contract,
so dramatically out of balance with the compensation and a Rams Club-paid supplement and bonuses.
of the faculty of the University that I hope and trust the Alumni speak out about this story, first posted online
trustees and the [Board of Governors] will meet their and included in December’s “Out of the Blue” e-newsletter,
obligation to correct the excessive imbalances, which, if in this issue’s Letters department, starting on page 18.
Tuition continued from page 3
chair of the campus tuition task force, she had said the
ranges the task force came up with looked “very steep.”
She supported making the exact uses of the tuition
increases transparent and working harder to make tuition
more predictable for out-of-state students. The task force
recommended that parents and students be informed in
their admissions packets that tuition and fee increases
should be expected.
“I recognize that increases are appropriate for the
institution, but I’m also concerned about students who
came to Carolina based on one expectation about what
the tuition would be,” Carson said.
Trustee John Ellison ’ 69 said the increases are necessary for keeping the University in line with its academic goals and to make it competitive with its peer
“It’s not that we meant to increase tuition as much
as inflation or less than inflation,” he said. “Inflation
isn’t defined as the consumer price index. It’s defined as
what other schools are doing.”
Carolina consistently is rated one of the best bargains in American public higher education. Kiplinger’s
Personal Finance magazine has ranked UNC first in
academic quality at an affordable cost for five straight
years. Before the November action, tuition had been
raised five of the six previous years.