I am back!Â Last week the other members of the SFNÂ author team were knocking it out of the park covering the scandal here and here, so there was no need for me to clutter up the blog with redundant and/or inferior analysis.Â Also, the FSU gameÂ appropriately occupied ourÂ attention and energy.Â Speaking of the FSU game, I want to praise the students who performed this bit of theatre at halftime:
I apologize for the quality of that picture.Â All I had with me was my crappy Blackberry camera.Â The lettering reads “$UNC=TRICK OR CHEAT!$”Â If anyone has a better picture, please letÂ SFN know.Â Â We would like a better copy.
Turning to scandal news, Kendrick Burney played Saturday!Â Â
Given that BurneyÂ has apparently been found guilty of both academic cheating AND of taking improper benefits from (at least) Chris Hawkins, letâ€™s take a look atÂ some wordsÂ from Thorp this past August, as quoted in an N & O piece:
â€Itâ€™s a privilege to put on the North Carolina uniform and represent this university,â€ Thorp said, â€œand itâ€™s our job to make sure that the people who do so have earned that privilege.â€
In light of Burneyâ€™s actions, how in the world can heÂ have â€œearned that privilegeâ€?Â By going to Vegas with Hawkins?Â Through academicÂ cheating?Â Yet UNC must think that he has â€œearned that privilegeâ€ because they bent over backwards to get him on the field.Â Shouldn’t someone in the press ask ThorpÂ these questions?
Moving on, in this piece from the Herald-Sun, we learn that Kendic BurneyÂ says he isÂ ”still friends” with former UNC player Chris Hawkins:
“It was a friendship that led into some allegations that never happened, but we’re still friends,” Burney said. “We’ve just got to stay our distance from each other. But like I said, during that whole process, it was all a friendship.”
The NCAA suspended Burney for the first six games of the season for violating the agent benefits and preferential treatment rules after it was determined he received $1,333 in benefits, which included trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas.