Swofford: Evans “Academically Ineligible” For UNC Game

From the Greensboro News & Record, a shocking announcement:

Evans Declared Academically Ineligible For UNC Game

By Steve Norton, N&R Staff Writer

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) NC State Wolfpack starting quarterback Daniel Evans, the former benchwarmer who led the Wolfpack to two come-from-behind victories over ranked conference opponents, is “academically ineligible” for NC State’s upcoming game against the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced today.

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“We, as a conference, want to make sure this young man is on pace toward his degree.” – ACC Commissioner John Swofford

The announcement surprised many conference observers, who noted that Evans is generally an outstanding academic performer with at least a “B” average – “an exemplary scholar-athlete and well-grounded young man,” according to several sources.

Swofford, however, described the suspension as a “academic precautionary” move. “We have to be concerned, first and foremost, with this young man’s progress toward his degree,” Swofford said. “As a conference, we are most concerned when a young man comes from nowhere, as it were, and leads a team to two big wins. Obviously, if he can do that, he’s not spending the amount of time he needs hitting the books.” Sitting out one game should give the redshirt sophomore time to get back on an academic even keel, Swofford said: “Maybe he’ll make straight A’s instead of almost-straight-A’s!”

Swofford dismissed as “coincidence” the fact that the ACC declared Evans ineligible for the Pack’s game with North Carolina. “I can’t see why people would see bias here,” Swofford said. “Just because I am a UNC alumnus, a former UNC quarterback, bleed Carolina blue, and served as Athletic Director at UNC doesn’t mean that I don’t exercise my ACC duties with complete impartiality.” In fact, Swofford said, “I am offended by the suggestion [of bias]. This is all about the ‘student’ part of ‘student-athlete,’ and I am sure NC State won’t miss him that much. Go Heels!”

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Go Heels! – John Swofford, circa 1971

In a related story (as first reported on the “Section Six” website), Swofford announced that “each and every touchdown” scored by the Pack in its Thursday night 24-20 upset win over Florida State is being subjected to “intensive official review” by the ACC Coordinator of Officials and fellow UNC alumnus Tommy Hunt. Hunt, when asked about the review process, said it was “double secret,” but would probably lead to one or more touchdowns being taken away on the grounds that the points were awarded on the basis of still photo evidence rather than “runnin’ pictures.”

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Jim Knight – “One Shining Moment”

Veteran ACC official Rick Page and “highly respected” Chief Official Emeritus Jim Knight will participate in the review, Swofford said, so that there can be “total confidence” in the accuracy of the review process’s findings.

See “IT’S ALL IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS,” Page C-6

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39 Responses to Swofford: Evans “Academically Ineligible” For UNC Game

  1. Cardiff Giant 10/06/2006 at 12:00 PM #

    Would it really be THAT surprising? Credit Canutian on PackPride for the touchdown review idea.

  2. cfpack03 10/06/2006 at 12:03 PM #

    The headline scared me for a half-sec, but hilarious no doubt

  3. Wolfpack4ever 10/06/2006 at 12:03 PM #

    This is good… very good. It would be funnier if not so true.

  4. #44 17 24 10/06/2006 at 12:04 PM #

    this scared me to death when i first saw the headline. Something like that would happen to State though…theres always something

  5. class of 74 10/06/2006 at 12:04 PM #

    Does this qualify as the “October surprise”?

  6. Cardiff Giant 10/06/2006 at 12:05 PM #

    Happy Halloween

  7. RAWFS 10/06/2006 at 12:09 PM #

    It’s not 4/1, but this article makes it seem that way. Best of all, it was funny. Good work, guys.

  8. packpigskinfan23 10/06/2006 at 12:09 PM #

    almost broke my heart there for a second…..

  9. cfpack03 10/06/2006 at 12:11 PM #

    Ted Roof was not available for comment, he was eating nachos

  10. Cardiff Giant 10/06/2006 at 12:12 PM #

    Ted Roof said, “Crunch crunch.”

  11. BobLee 10/06/2006 at 12:31 PM #

    Thanks “Little Johnny”, but I’m not sure this will be enough. Lets get Claude Sitton, Mickey McCarthy and Dudley Bradley and come up with a fool-proof plan … maybe Dickie can convince Frank Beamer to come down and assist John for that one game?

    BLS

  12. Cardiff Giant 10/06/2006 at 12:34 PM #

    ^ Bob, I think Micky McCarthy will need a hall pass from Hell to assist with this one.

  13. cfpack03 10/06/2006 at 12:59 PM #

    WE tv reports: Beamer has agreed to serve as ass. coach of UNC for 1 day, Nov. 18th.

    UPDATE: After receiving “Tarheel Coaches” care package (consisting of pretty blue shirt, mustache grooming kit, family-size box of tampons, autographed Roy Williams 8×10, and lifetime membership to the jelly-of-the-month club), Beamer backs out of the deal.

  14. Clarksa 10/06/2006 at 1:16 PM #

    Jim Grobe is reportedly “thrilled” with this announcement. “It seems to me that the Wolfpack is looking ahead and maybe we can beat them yet again,” said Coach Grobe.

  15. redfred2 10/06/2006 at 1:29 PM #

    Johnny Swofford, Roy boy Williams, perfect coifs in a gale force wind. How do they do that every time?

  16. Dan 10/06/2006 at 1:35 PM #

    Dude, you are officially “On Notice”

  17. thebigwood 10/06/2006 at 1:36 PM #

    Maybe this isn’t the right spot, but did anyone notice how we DIDN’T introduce Sidney Lowe during the game last night? I wasnt at CF, so it could have happened and I missed it. But it wasn’t on TV, just the Stanley Cup presentation (which was cool too)…but what a wasted opportunity.

  18. tlk1969 10/06/2006 at 1:36 PM #

    I would like to know to whom I need to send my ambulance (and subsequent cpr) bill. . . Tongue in cheek, for you maybe, but I swallowed mine!!

    (somewhat) funny, nonetheless!

  19. cfpack03 10/06/2006 at 1:48 PM #

    Grobe’s comments continue,
    “It seems to me that the Wolfpack is looking ahead and maybe we can beat them yet again,â€? said Coach Grobe, “then I can post my resume on Monster and get the hell out of Winston Salem.”

  20. packbackr04 10/06/2006 at 1:51 PM #

    SO NOT FUNNY, I ALMOST HAD A STROKE WHEN I READ THE HEADLINE

  21. GOSTATE 10/06/2006 at 1:56 PM #

    Ok….I’ll admit it….I bit hook, line, and sinker. On another note……did it bother anyone that a member school of the UNC System was playing (band) for the other team. Just a thought.

  22. packof81 10/06/2006 at 1:58 PM #

    I realize yer just havin’ intercourse with us but uhhhh, I wouldn’t put it past them SOBs. ;-)

  23. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 10/06/2006 at 2:03 PM #

    did it bother anyone that a member school of the UNC System was playing (band) for the other team. Just a thought.

    No and I couldn’t imagine anything less important to be concerned about. I think it was great that those kids got to perform at a big time football game.

  24. Champs 10/06/2006 at 2:07 PM #

    The truly sad thing is that when I read the headline I actually believed it. Move along no bias here. Make sure you review ALL of the Pack’s TDs. And none of their opponents.

  25. Cardiff Giant 10/06/2006 at 2:08 PM #

    That’s actually what makes it so very nice to me – that it IS believable the way these clowns have screwed us over and over again.

    I apologize to anyone who had cardiac issues on seeing the headline.

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