I love this kind of stuff. I love looking back and reviewing issues with some hindsight and holding people accountable to their words.
Tip of the hat to the N&O for their insightful use of yesterday’s APR announcement.
Given the scholarship penalties handed out by the NCAA on Tuesday, Chuck Amato was a man ahead of his time in his criticism of Akron and the MAC school’s commitment to academic excellence.
The NCAA released the Academic Progress Rates on Tuesday and the Zips got zapped five scholarships for historical negligence and an APR score of 920 for the years between 2003 and 2007.
That would include the infamous Nonqualifier-Gate win over N.C. State on Sept. 9, 2006.
Two days after the conniving Zips swindled N.C. State out of victory, Amato rationalized:
“They’re in a conference that allows nonqualifiers in school. Nonqualifiers. Y’all need to look that one up to write stories.”
I always felt the problem with this situation had a lot more to do with the timing and manner in which Amato chose to deliver his comments than was the actual accuracy of his comments.
I think that you will really enjoy looking back at our entries on the topic when it was originally unfolding. You can click here for our first report on the topic….and then click here for the evolution of his comments into the national media mainstream.
We had linked an article of Terry Pluto’s of the Akron Beacon Journal who ripped Amato saying that the “NC State Coach lacked facts”. I wonder if there will be a retraction in light of this new information.