But South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has spoken freely about the NCAA’s inquiries into tight end Weslye Saunders, the son of News & Observer metro columnist Barry Saunders and a Durham native. (Barry Saunders had declined to comment until Tuesday, when he said his son went to Miami for spring break but did not travel with Austin and Little.)
Alabama coach Nick Saban has spoken freely about the increasing threat agents present to the college game, even as one of his own players, defensive lineman Marcel Dareus, has been swept into the investigation.
There are an increasing number of voices speaking with insight and intelligence about the subversive role and influence of agents, many from schools currently under investigation. None of them is coming from Chapel Hill. So far, Little’s father has said more about the probe than anyone at the university.
“I don’t know what Coach Spurrier and Coach Saban were told. … They may be under different circumstances, different directives, they may have had different people from the NCAA talking to them,” Kirschner said. “I don’t know. I do know what we were told, and I know what direction the NCAA gave us.”
In an e-mail, NCAA associate director for public and media relations Stacey Osburn wrote, “The NCAA does not prohibit the schools under investigation to comment to the media, however, they are advised not to make any public comment that could hamper the investigation.”
Anyone notice the difference in Kirschner’s explanation of UNC’s silence and the actual email from the NCAA’s Stacey Osburn? Kirschner says they aren’t talking per the request of the NCAA, yet the NCAA told Decock that anyone can talk as long as they don’t hamper the investigation.
Is Kirschner confused? Or is he purposely being dishonest? It may be in the best interests of UNC to have remained silent, so why not just state that it is UNC’s policy not to discuss these matters until they reach some sort of resolution?
Today’s Pigskin Preview featuring Tom O’Brien, David Cutcliff, and Butch Davis will be interesting to follow. From my understanding, questions from the media aren’t taken. Don Shea runs the event and asks questions from the podium. However, I did hear a reporter on the radio this week mention that the media usually gets the opportunity to ask questions after the event is over. So will Butch stick around for the post-event scrutiny or will he scurry out the room immediately avoiding the media?