I don’t have a lot of time today so I can’t have my normal commentary right now. But, on the heels of this absolutely fantastic discussion, the ‘leadership’ at UNC-CH broke their public silence and held a press conference this afternoon!Â
What did they say?Â Apparently not very muchÂ
If you followed our Twitter feed during the presser then you saw some real-time comments from @ArmstrongWTVD. Some highlights apparently included adroit reporter J.P. Giglio pressing Butch Davis on John Blake.Â
Also, Baddour gave this fantastic quote regarding the NCAA investigation:
“UNC is expected to make players and staff available for all meeting and interview requests, gather necessary records, tell the truth and most importantly not talk publicly.”
So according to BaddourÂ ”not talking publically” is more important thanÂ telling the truth to the NCAA investigators!?Â Wow!Â Such candor from UNC-CH is nearly unprecedented.
For a more enlightening ‘newsy’ view of the press conference you can read Giglio’s post at the N&O by clicking here.
Davis answered one question about Blake and then declined further comment about his recruiting coordinator.
Davis said he hired Blake in Dec. 2006 because “he was a very good teacher, a good defensive line coach.”
Asked if there was any question or concern about Blake’s relationship with Wichard, an NFL agent who represents former UNC defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer, Davis said: “No.”
Davis then added: “I’m not talking about any of the things that have anything to do with this review.”
Here’s a transcript of the questions about Blake and Davis’ response from today’s press conference:
Q: What was the primary reason that you hired John Blake?
Davis: “He was a very good teacher, a good defensive line coach.”
Q: Was there any question in your mind about his relationship with Gary Wichard? Any concern?
Davis: “Any question in my mind? No. … I’m not talking about any of the things that have anything to do with this review.”
Q: Just to be clear, you’re saying that the assistant coach is involved in the review?
Davis: “Just to be clear, I said we’re not going to talk about the review.”
Q: I didn’t ask you about the review, I asked you about a coach.
Davis: “I know you did and I told you that anything that has anything to do with any kind of investigation or any kind of review, we’re not going to talk about it. I’d be happy to talk all you want about football.”
The SFN team will update this entry as more details emerge throughout the afternoon.