John Swofford

Chansky’s Notebook: What’s The Number?

The most important numbers were missing in the new ACC TV deal.   The ACC needed to make a big splash with its TV rights, given the 40-plus million per school the BIG 10, SEC and Pac-12 are about to distribute each year. At last calculation, the ACC schools were getting annual checks for about $25 million each, which drives athletic directors and coaches crazy because they wind up further behind in the athletics arms race, coaching salaries and recruiting budgets, not to mention fewer Olympic Sports on TV. ACC Commissioner John Swofford could not afford to say...

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John Blanchard Retires From UNC Athletics After 25 Years

CHAPEL HILL – UNC senior associate athletic director John Blanchard is retiring after 25 years of work in student services and academic support for athletes. Blanchard has directed student-athlete services since July 2002. He plans to start a consulting business. Blanchard’s department included the troubled academic support program for athletes, which drew scrutiny amid the NCAA’s investigation of the football program – notably for a former tutor providing improper assistance on papers. Irregularities were later discovered in the school’s African Studies department, where athletes represented significant enrollments in classes that didn’t meet regularly or had unauthorized grade changes. Blanchard first worked at UNC from 1985-99. He developed the academic support program for athletes under former athletic director John Swofford and served as its first director before a stint at...

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