When will the folks in Chapel Hill learn to stop talking? Many, many followers of the UNC football scandal have been wondering about potential spillover to other athletic programs at UNC – specifically the sacred UNC basketball program.
â€œBut I have, since the news has been out there, checked with our people to see if we had anybody involved with that specific tutor; is this something that Iâ€™m going to get a call about in the middle of the night?â€ he said. â€œAnd Iâ€™ve been assured that itâ€™s not going to be a call Iâ€™m going get in the middle of the night, and Iâ€™ve been assured that there has not been any contact with that particular tutor. Thatâ€™s as far as I can go; thatâ€™s as far as they want me to ask. They want me to keep my nose out of it, and Iâ€™m trying to do that â€“ and gladly doing that, to be honest with you.â€
As far as the second comment in bold, if Roy’s program has nothing to hide, then I am not sure why he is so “gladly” keeping his “nose out of it” regarding prong #2 of the UNC athletic scandal. But enough about that comment. Let’s focus on the first statement in bold and take a quick look at the 2008 UNC basketball roster:
# Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Home Town High School
1 Marcus Ginyard SG JR 6-5 218 Alexandria, VA Bishop O’Connell
4 Bobby Frasor SG JR 6-3 208 Blue Island, IL Brother Rice
5 Ty Lawson PG SO 5-11 193 Clinton, MD Oak Hill Academy
11 Quentin Thomas PG SR 6-3 185 Oakland, CA Oakland Technical
13 Will Graves F FR* 6-6 255 Greensboro, NC Dudley
14 Danny Green SF JR 6-5 210 North Babylon, NY St. Mary’s
15 J.B. Tanner G JR 6-0 185 Hendersonville, NC West Henderson
21 Deon Thompson PF SO 6-8 240 Torrance, CA Torrance
22 Wayne Ellington SG SO 6-4 200 Wynnewood, PA The Episcopal Academy
24 Surry Wood F SR 6-5 205 Raleigh, NC Cary Academy
30 Jack Wooten G JR 6-2 190 Burlington, NC Williams
32 Alex Stepheson PF SO 6-9 235 Los Angeles, CA Harvard-Westlake
35 Patrick Moody F JR 6-4 195 Asheville, NC Roberson
40 Mike Copeland PF JR 6-7 235 Winston-Salem, NC Reynolds
45 Greg Little G FR 6-3 210 Durham, NC Hillside
50 Tyler Hansbrough PF JR 6-9 245 Poplar Bluff, MO Poplar Bluff
Yes, that is Greg Little you see on that roster.
And if that isn’t enough for Roy to remember Greg’s participation, here is Little showing the lack of sportsmanship on the basketball court that he is now infamous for on the football field after he taunted an NC State player that suffered a devastating knee injury. More examples of the “Carolina Way”….
Maybe Greg Little isn’t involved in prong #2/nannygate? So Roy’s statement could in fact be true. Also, Roy can’t be faulted for not considering Little to be one of “his” players since he was a football player. However, maybe Roy does have something to worry about as far as illegal participation that could jeopardize the 2008 basketball season that included an ACC regular season title, an ACC tournament title, and a Final Four appearance? In the long run, Little’s participation probably isn’t a big deal, but it should be interesting to see in the future if Roy works with Butch on the basketball participation recruiting tactic he employs.