Before we move on to other topics (HA-HA!), I asked my buddy Anonymous Carolina Hero to do tonight’s blog, as he sums up the UNC coaching/administration fiasco about as well as such a thing can be summed up. ACH knows his shit as well as anyone, so I’ll let him say it:
A few days later here is my last (unsolicited) two cents:
The only thing wrong with this whole thing is the timing. Davis should have been fired last year. When it comes down to it, UNC’s reputation is what is at stake. Everyone keeps talking about “The Carolina Way” – which is really just the “Carolina Reputation for Doing Things the Right Way.”
So let’s say Butch stayed on and went 12-0 and won the NC this year. Outside of the UNC family/fans, what’s the reaction? “Of course, UNC won… they cheat.” How about if Butch went 7-4… the reaction? “Wow, you cheat and all you get is another average year?”
There was no way to scrub the stink of this off. That’s what Holden Thorp was saying about “chipping away” at the University’s reputation. Everyone keeps asking what changed that made the decision happen now. I think it was more info coming out about the McAdoo paper. When you throw academic fraud into the mix, then you’ve reached a tipping point.
We have nine (NINE) NCAA violations leveled against us. The NCAA could easily come down in Oct with probation, loss of scholarships and even forfeit some game. That’s bad for any school, but unthinkable for UNC. “The Carolina Way” really should have dismissed him last September.
Holden and others thanked Butch for everything he did for UNC. Some (ok, me) might challenge that. Thank him for what? For being paid handsomely to win 60% of his games? For recruiting knuckleheads like Austin and Little? For hiring a #1 assistant who had been apparently running for an agent for 20 years? For personally hiring a tutor who then wrote papers for players? For getting the $70m Kenan extension sold into the deal?
Once nine NCAA infractions came down there was no way out of this. We make fun of places like UK with Cal and all the football factories (Auburn, USC, etc.), but what are we really making fun of? Their reputation. People are saying UNC reacted too much to the Raleigh News & Observer or rival fans. But perception becomes reality. The timing was off, but the decision was sound. No way around that.
Trust me – I know how the real world works – especially in athletics. Hell, when I was an assistant [at a bigtime high school for hoops], I’m the one who basically told one of my kids to “do what you have to do” before he took his SAT… knowing it was either qualify for a D1 scholarship or wind up back in Kannapolis drinking a 40 on his front porch.
And I surprise myself around my feelings about UNC’s reputation (superiority?). But Butch resided over a program that could very well be put on probation (seriously, think about that). This happened on his watch. There was no way around it.
I’m now going to hitch up my plaid pants, hit the early bird special and be asleep by 8:00 tonight.
UNC legend Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice confers with Coach Snavely during William & Mary game, 1948