Dee to leave job as AD to teach at Miami

Updated: May 9, 2007, 6:39 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- University of Miami athletic director Paul Dee plans to resign in June 2008 and join the faculty.

"I have always wanted to teach," Dee said Wednesday. "This way, I can transition to the faculty and teach at the university for a few years before I retire."

Under Dee, the Hurricanes won a national championship in football in 2001, and baseball titles in 1999 and 2001. He oversaw the firing in November of football coach Larry Coker, who went 60-15 with a national title in six seasons with the Hurricanes, and the hiring of new coach Randy Shannon.

"We have had many challenges," said Dee, who became athletic director in 1993. "But we've had a lot more ups than downs. I've had a wonderful experience."

During Dee's tenure, the Miami program moved from the Big East Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hurricanes added scholarship programs in three women's sports -- soccer, volleyball and rowing -- and have had strong programs in men's and women's tennis and women's track.

Last season's football season was marred by an on-field fight between Miami and neighboring Florida International.

The brawl came in the third quarter of the first-ever meeting between the schools, a game the Hurricanes won 35-0. Florida International suspended 18 players, kicking two of those off the team entirely, while Miami suspended 13 players for their role in the brawl.

"It is important for us to use opportunities such as these to re-emphasize this commitment to sportsmanship and to use it as an opportunity to provide a meaningful learning experience," Dee said at the time. "The University of Miami does not tolerate actions inconsistent with this principle."

University president Donna Shalala thanked Dee for "extraordinary service" and looked forward to his "continued wise counsel."

"His measured, full and thoughtful advice to the leadership of this university has been unmatched," she said.

Before becoming AD, Dee worked for the school as vice president and general counsel for 12 years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.