Friday, August 1, 2014

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UNC's Thorp tells successor athletics important


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The outgoing chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has told his successor that dealing with athletics has become the most important part of the job.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/17vm9Y3) that Chancellor Holden Thorp says that should not be the case.

Thorp says the problems can overwhelm a president. The school has been involved in sports-related problems for more than two years.

Thorp is leaving July 1 to become provost of Washington University in St. Louis, a Division III school without big-money sports.

Interim Dartmouth College President Carol Folt is replacing Thorp in Chapel Hill.

A panel created by Thorp meets Friday to discuss ideas on the proper balance between academics and athletics. Thorp wants the panel to consider giving more authority to athletic directors.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com