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