Influential N.C. sports execs: Bubba Cunningham
Scandals? what scandals?
athletic director, UNC Chapel Hill
Over the last year, UNC Chapel Hill Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham has helped beat back scandals and maintain the elite success of the university’s athletic programs. In 2018, UNC faced allegations that 13 football players commited NCAA infractions by selling shoes, investigated racial allegations involving former women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, and reported that the university’s academic scandal cost $21 million in legal expenses. The news was better on the field: national championships for the women’s field hockey and tennis teams, a Sweet 16 appearance in men’s basketball, and a baseball College World Series appearance. To fix the ailing football program, Cunningham hired former coach Mack Brown.