Tonight’s entry is based onÂ a piece that went up last Thursday but (appropriately) got lostÂ behindÂ our excellent pregame entries Friday and Saturday.Â Â This pointÂ is too importantÂ to miss andÂ representsÂ a major theme that should be repeated — we are being asked to believe that Butch Davis knew almost nothing about what was going on in his program.Â AndÂ that somehow thisÂ implausible lack of knowledgeÂ is acceptable andÂ gets him off the hook.
The fallout from Wednesday’s NCAA suspensions began with Kendric Burney’s dadÂ giving some great quotes thatÂ raise seriousÂ questions about institutional control.Â You should read this article in full.
I think the followingÂ passage fromÂ that pieceÂ damages UNC-CH more than any other I have read since the scandals broke:
Tyrone Burney said his son told him the trips were to have fun, not to meet with potential agents. He said his son knew about the Memorial Day trip to Miami which cost Alabama’s Marcel Dareus two games, and was attended by UNC’s Marvin Austin and Greg Little, but knew there would be agents there.
“That’s exactly the type of thing he was trying to avoid,” Burney said. “That’s the reason he did not go on the Miami trip because he heard what was going on there.”
(Emphasis added).Â Here we learn two very important things.Â First, that there actually was a Memorial Day trip/agent party.Â I had never seen it actually nailed down.Â Remember Marvin’s tweets from that weekend about “Club Liv” and “getting Â bottles like its a giveaway”?Â He actually was in Miami.Â So, that means Marvin and Greg Little were partyingÂ inÂ South BeachÂ onÂ threeÂ different tripsÂ from March through May of this year!Â Doesn’t that remind you of your own undergraduate experience?
Next, that quote from Mr. Burney tells us something amazing!Â Kendric Burney knew beforehandÂ that the Memorial Day weekend trip/agent party UNC-CH players attended was happening — while Butch did not???!!! How in the world is it possible for such a thing to be known by UNC-CH players such as Kendric, but not be known by Butch, the other coaches, the UNC compliance office, etc, etc.?Â I can’t decide if it is more damning for UNC-CH/Butch to have known and not stopped itÂ or for them to be ignorant about such a monumental problem going on within the program.Â How off the rails was it over there?
More things we can now put together:
*Â We know that MarvinÂ invited the Alabama player Dareus to go on this trip and even paid for his way to Miami and for the hotel.
*Â We know that Marvin did notÂ pay for his own trip (because he said that Vontae Davis did — which Vontae has denied).
*Â Now we know that someone in/around the UNC football programÂ talked in enough detailÂ about the Miami trip that other UNC players were afraid to go — yet the coaches and compliance officeÂ supposedly had no idea about it.
* We know that the NCAA classifies Chris Hawkins as an agent — how will they classify Marvin?
*Â If Marvin is classified as an agent or runner (highly probable in my opinion — what else could he be?), how will that impact UNC’s penalities?Â I can’t imagine that having an activeÂ agent/runner actually on your roster on scholarship (with the players knowing about it — but not the coaches) has even happened before in NCAA history.
For aÂ contrasting opinion about a Â coach’s responsiblity, let’s consider former UNC head coach Mack Brown’s comments afterÂ the TexasÂ defeat this past weekend:
“As a head coach, I’m responsible for everyone in this program, from the trainers, to the managers, to the walk-ons, to the kids, to the coaches, everybody…”
Obviously Butch does not feel this way.Â
For the record, we know that Kendric was not at the Memorial Day Miami party because heÂ has a superÂ alibi.Â We know from his tweets and pictures that he was in Las Vegas with Chris Hawkins over that weekend.Â How great is it that Kendric going to Las Vegas with Hawkins (considered an agent by the NCAA and arrested on felonyÂ cocaine trafficking charges in 2009) wasÂ actually the less improperÂ choice of activities available to UNC-CH football players that weekend!
I will leave you withÂ a tweet and aÂ pictureÂ indicatingÂ thatÂ Kendric made the right choice andÂ wasÂ in Vegas with HawkinsÂ that weekend: