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Torbush Fired Despite Winning Record
To Step Down
By T. Nolan Hayes
On Nov. 22, 1999, UNC Director of Athletics Dick
Baddour sat in the Bowles Room at Koury Natatorium and
announced his support for Carl Torbush as the school’s head
On Monday, 364 days later, Baddour found himself in the
same place. This time, however, he was there to announce
that Torbush had been fired.
“I have completed a review of the football program, and
the decision has been made not to retain
Carl Torbush as the head football coach
at the University of North Carolina,”
said Baddour, who sat beside Chancellor
James Moeser at a press conference.
“This decision is not based on a single
game or solely a single season but rather
on evaluation over a three-year period.”
Moeser is the man ultimately respon
sible for the decision, but it was Baddour
who recommended the change.
Baddour made his recommendation
after completing his annual evaluation
of the football program Sunday.
The Tar Heels improved from a 3-8
record last year to finish 6-5 this season
and become eligible for a bowl game.
But it wasn’t enough to save Torbush,
who compiled a 17-18 record in three seasons at the helm.
UNC never got off to a good start under his leadership, some
thing that disturbed Baddour and fans of the program. The Tar
Heels started 0-3 in 1998 before bouncing back to finish 7-5,
stood at 1-8 last year before winning their last two games and
closed out this season with three victories after being 3-5.
“It seems that the current state of the program seems to rest
on a game-by-game, year-by-year, season-by-season situa
tion,” Baddour said. “That is not an atmosphere for success or
The atmosphere of Kenan Stadium on Saturdays also hurt
Torbush. The Tar Heels averaged 50,500 fans at home this
season, too far below the stadium’s capacity of 60,000 for
North Carolina went 3-3 at home this year but lost three
consecutive ACC games at Kenan Stadium in the middle of
the season. The Tar Heels were just 7-10 at home during
Even with that fact, Torbush believed his program was on
the way to better days. It is the reason he declined to resign
when Baddour offered him that option sometime after 9 p.m.
Torbush emphasized all of last season and this season to his
players that they should never quit, no matter how much
adversity they encountered. He stuck to that principle in his
“The University has made a decision to change the leader
ship of this football program,” Torbush said in a statement
released by the University. “The decision for a change was in
no way mine, and while I respect their right to make a change,
I deeply hurt for the players, staff, families and friends of this
program who have devoted their heart and souls to building a
See TORBUSH, Page 2
Hinton James Fence to Reroute Students
Forging New Paths
Officials say new fencing will be erected within the next few days, blocking pedestrian paths
used by Hinton James residents and forcing them to find alternate routes.
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Director of Athletics
to fire Carl Torbush.
Tar Heel Players
Carl Torbush told the UNC football team
during a meeting in the Kenan Football
Center on Monday that he had been fired.
By Bret Strelow
Assistant Sports Editor
The team meeting on the second floor of the Frank H.
Kenan Football Center started at 2:15 p.m. like it does every
Members of the North Carolina football team watched
highlight film from their victory against Duke on Saturday.
The players later voted on offensive and defensive MVPs for
UNC coach Carl Torbush went in front of the team to tell
his players he was lobbying for a bowl berth. Torbush wanted
them - when asked - to say they thought they deserved a spot
in a postseason game.
Then he broke the news.
Torbush, with a composed and straight-forward look, told
his team that he had been fired as its head coach.
“A lot of us were stunned,” UNC junior Kory Bailey said.
“We didn’t think that decision was even being discussed. Dick
Baddour had to do what he had to do, that’s his job as the ath-
See REACTION, Page 2
We have to move on like he would want us to.
UNC Linebacker Merceda Perry
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Carl Torbush was fired Monday after serving three years as head coach of the North Carolina football team.
Barring a bowl appearance, Torbush will leave the Tar Heels with a career record of 17-18.
By Rachel Clarke
Students living in Hinton James
Residence Hall will soon have an even
longer daily trek to the heart of campus.
Construction on South Campus has
obstructed the path to the crosswalk on
Manning Drive, prompting officials to set
up a fence to encourage pedestrian safety.
But many students say the fence that
is intended to reroute their path will not
stop them from crossing Manning Drive
where there is no crosswalk.
Within the next two days, a fence will
be erected along Manning Drive, blocking
access from Hinton James to the road,
forcing pedestrians to take a different path.
The fence, which could be up for as
long as six months, will run along the
sidewalk from the stoplight at the inter
section of Manning Drive and Skipper
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Wide receiver Kory Bailey listens as Director of Athletics Dick Baddour
announces Coach Carl Torbush's firing at a press conference Monday.
Bowles Drive down to Hinton James
Drive, the driveway leading into the
Hinton James parking lot.
The current fence begins at the inter
section, travels along Manning Drive and
stops at the temporary walkway leading
from Hinton James to Manning Drive.
Larry Hicks, associate director for the
Department of University Housing, said
fencing is necessary because current fenc
ing forces students to jaywalk across
“As soon as you identify the (pedestri
an) risk, you have to move - good, bad or
indifferent - to minimize the risk,” he said.
Hicks also said the new fencing
would not be necessary if anew cross
walk were created, which the housing
But the N.C. Department of
See HINTON JAMES, Page 2
Early SBP Jockeying
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
The annual controversies of student
body elections season are beginning a
little early this year - perhaps earlier
than the members of one student body
presidential campaign would have liked.
The Elections Board ruled unani
mously Monday to dismiss a complaint
filed by senior Bharath Parthasarathy on
behalf of junior Eric Johnson’s SBP
campaign. He alleged that SBP candi
date Annie Peirce violated elections
rules by meeting with several student
groups before the campaign period offi
cially begins in January.
A hearing was held Sunday evening
to consider the complaint, which argued
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To Rule on
After deliberating Monday,
the Florida Supreme Court
could rule as early as today
concerning the recounts.
A transfixed nation turned its eyes to
Florida’s Supreme Court, where an
army of lawyers for A1 Gore and
George W. Bush battled Monday over
whether the marathon election should
drag on. Weary
pecked through bal
lots in three
Democratic-leaning counties, wonder
ing if their labor would be for naught
After 13 days of
lawsuits and coun
chads,” the presi
may come down
to this: Seven jus
tices, all appointed
decide if the GOP
secretary of state
can certify Bush’s
of GOP candidate
George W. Bush’s
930-vote lead is
in limbo as the
votes counted by hand.
Bush’s official lead stands at 930
votes. Gore picked up 154 votes in man
ual recounts by late Monday, which if
counted would reduce Bush’s margin to
were frustrated by
small gains and
worried that they
would not over
take Bush; Bush’s
forces cried foul in
the county where
the vice president
gained die most
with a court mar
“God save these
has gained 154 votes
in Florida's manual
recount, but they
might not matter.
United States,” and the justices got right
down to business - peppering lawyers
with questions of law in a case riddled
with political landmines.
Chief Justice Charles Wells pressed
both sides about how long the state
might wait to certify its results without
jeopardizing its 25-vote stake in the
Dec. 18 roll call of the Electoral College.
that Peirce violated Tide VT, Article VII,
Section 171 (A) (4) of the Student Code
by visiting student groups to publicize a
future meeting and to gather informa
tion about campus issues.
Elections Board Chairman Jeremy
Tuchmayer ruled in favor of Peirce on a
similar argument brought by the
Johnson campaign on Friday, but
Parthasarathy, senior Sdviser to
Johnson’s campaign, amended his com
plaint and brought it to the full board.
This section of the code deals with
the use of surveys, which states that,
“Surveys can be used prior to the post
ing of publicity, but under no circum
stances is the potential candidate’s name
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