Hatchell Stays With The Real Thing

As in the real Carolina not those wannabes in Columbia.

Sylvia Hatchell listened to South Carolina and decided to stay in Chapel Hill.

From ACC Now:

“After several conversations with [UNC athletic director Dick] Baddour, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” she said in a statement. “North Carolina is my home and I convinced that the support is here for us to continue as one of the top programs in the country.

Allow me to translate.

After several conversations with [UNC athletic director Dick] Baddour during which he piled several stacks of $100 bills on the table I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration”

Okay, perhaps that is a bit cynical.  After all there are plenty of reasons to stay at UNC not the least of which is UNC is not South Carolina.

And can we please take a moment to note that for as much grief as the message board and I have given Dick Baddour over the hiring situations in the past for football and basketball, he very much seems to have worked past that and this athletic department is one the strongest in the country top to bottom.  Not only is UNC a power in baseball and both basketball teams but also in all the other sports we generally do not pay much attention to during the year.  There are high hopes football can get back on track under Butch Davis and in general the UNC athletic department continues to win across the board and bring in money hand over fist.  When you compare that to the way Lee Fowler is running the NCSU athletic department marked by only a smattering of ACC titles, none in the major sports, you quickly realize that after a rough start with the Bunting and Torbush hires and the Doherty era, Baddour has found his legs and the good ship Tar Heel is sailing full steam ahead.

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7 Responses to Hatchell Stays With The Real Thing

  1. robuck says:

    Gosh, that is a scary thought – who would have thought 10 years ago that BADdour (sorry, can’t help myself – old habits die hard) would warrant praise? But the facts are that he’s running an outstanding program, investing in facilities and people that will only further enhance Carolina’s reputation throughout the nation.

    nice job THF, for pointing this out. Never would have thought to give him any credit.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I just think we need to say he is going a good job as easily as we are willing to say he is doing a bad one.

  3. Josh Bowling says:

    Great read.

  4. Wilson says:

    You make a good point. It was interesting to read on IC that people thought that Hatchell wasn’t well-liked by some in the athletic dept. and that women’s basketball loses the most money every year, etc. I’m glad to see the administration is committed to her because she has brought great things to UNC. It would be a real shame to see her retire anywhere else but the Hill.

  5. Josh Bowling says:

    I have always liked Sylvia HILLtchell.

  6. Lake says:

    I think he’s done a very good job with the so-called ‘minor sports’, managing to get top grade facilities, and aggressively holding onto the coaching talent that the UNC Athletic Department enjoys.

    It would have been a shame if one of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball for the past several years just walked out the front door over money.

  7. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I was not aware that Hatchell was 4th all time in wins in WBB and she does have a national title under her belt which is a fairly impressive considering the dominance of both UConn and Tennessee through the years.

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