StateFans Nation http://www.statefansnation.com Your Independent Source On NC State Athletics Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:36:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Roy Williams Has A “Sense of Relief”! http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/roy-williams-has-a-sense-of-relief/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/roy-williams-has-a-sense-of-relief/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:58:59 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87435 From a new article today by Dana O’Neil of ESPN: The school is accused of five major violations, including lack of institutional control, but the basketball coach’s name appears just once in the 59-page document, and he is not included in any part of the actual allegations. “I’ve said I felt very comfortable for a […]

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From a new article today by Dana O’Neil of ESPN:

The school is accused of five major violations, including lack of institutional control, but the basketball coach’s name appears just once in the 59-page document, and he is not included in any part of the actual allegations.

“I’ve said I felt very comfortable for a very long time because we’ve been investigated by 73 people and all 12 disciples of the Lord, it feels like, and every one of them has said Roy Williams didn’t know anything about this; he didn’t do anything,” Williams said Tuesday during an interview with ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports. “So there was a sense of relief, but it’s what I expected. It wasn’t a big relief, because it’s what I thought was going to be there.

“But how can you say it’s a relief when there are five allegations against your university, very serious things? How can it be a lot of relief?”

Good for Roy!

One of the more interesting quotes from the article was in regards to possibly vacating the 2005 national title:

Five members of the 2005 national championship team were listed as African and Afro-American studies majors, taking classes that have since been revealed to be fraudulent.

Some have speculated that could mean the championship will be vacated, but Williams argued that despite the paper classes, his players were, in fact, eligible.

“Even if you give a guy four Fs in that spring semester, he’s still eligible,” he said. “We didn’t have ineligible players. They took courses that the university offered.”

Essentially, we have Roy throwing “the university” under the bus for offering the now infamous “paper classes”. Roy would have us believe that these classes would have somehow existed at a university with the reputation of UNC if there were no athletes at all. You know…it is quite common for people at top rated universities to risk their entire careers to create “paper classes” so non-athletes can slide through college.

One of the central figures of the scandal, Jan Boxill, has quite an impressive list of accomplishments in her career(see here). AfAM Department Head Julius Nyang’oro was forced to resign and was charged with fraud over his part in the scandal.

Why would these two, and others, destroy everything they have worked for their entire lives if the “paper classes” weren’t about athletic eligibility? What was their motivation if it wasn’t to keep athletes eligible?

Today’s comments from Roy triggered my memory of an earlier article by Dan Kane from 11/14:

>During the season that the UNC men’s basketball team made its run to the 2005 NCAA championship, its players accounted for 35 enrollments in classes that didn’t meet and yielded easy, high grades awarded by the architect of the university’s academic scandal.

The classes, some advertised as lectures but that never met and others listed as independent studies, were supervised by Deborah Crowder, a manager in African and Afro-American studies who a report from former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein says graded required end-of-semester work leniently as part of a “paper class” scheme to keep athletes eligible. Crowder was not a professor and admitted to investigators that she assigned grades without reading the papers.

Of the 35 bogus class enrollments, nine came during the fall semester of 2004, when eligibility for the spring was determined. Twenty-six were during the spring semester, when the season climaxed with a victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

One of the basketball players, Rashad McCants, had previously told ESPN he took nothing but paper classes in the spring 2005 semester. His transcript showed he was in three independent studies plus one lecture class that had no instruction. He received straight A-minuses, making the dean’s list.

Obviously Roy’s mention in today’a article of giving a player 4 Fs in the Spring semester was in reference to Rashad McCants taking 4 bogus classes and making the Dean’s List during the Spring of 2005 during the national title run. I wonder why Roy made no mention of the 9 paper classes his basketball players took in the Fall of 2004 or the 22 other bogus classes taken by basketball players in the Spring of 2005? Would these players have been eligible if they had been given 9 Fs the previous Fall?

Roy…speak up please.

Maybe Roy didn’t mention these other 31 paper classes his 2005 title team took because he has learned to keep his comments to a minimum due to his many conflicting statements in the past. An 11/14 article by Dane Kane highlights his prior conflicting statements:

Williams’ changing story

The N&O’s reporting revealed the scandal in 2011, but Williams, for a long time, provided little detail as to what he knew about the classes. Numerous times he said he was proud of the academic experience his players received.

“Our track record is pretty doggone good,” Williams told a Charlotte radio station on Aug. 15, 2012. “And our track record has been pretty doggone good for 15 years at Kansas, nine years at North Carolina. And we know how much we emphasize the academic side in the basketball office. We know what our guys are majoring in. We know – every day we’re in touch with those kids. So it’s something, again, that I’m very proud of.”

Four months later, at a press conference, an N&O reporter asked Williams why his players had stopped taking AFAM paper classes by the start of the fall 2009 semester. Was it because Crowder had retired, or did someone in the program notice something wrong?

Williams responded: “You say we either did something, or we didn’t do something. Maybe guys, girls, just decided not to take certain classes.”

The athletic department later adopted that same position, with spokesman Steve Kirschner saying in a statement on Nov. 16, 2012: “Different players have different interests.”

When Wainstein’s report came out, it included new information from Williams that provided a possible explanation why his players weren’t enrolling in AFAM classes.

He told Wainstein’s investigators that shortly after he arrived at UNC, he was concerned that so many of his athletes were majoring in AFAM; the 2005 team alone had 10 of 15 players with that major. He said he told one of his assistant coaches, Joe Holladay, to make sure they weren’t being steered to the major.

The report also said Williams knew McCants took “three or four” independent study courses in the spring 2005 semester. McCants took three that were listed as an independent study. The fourth was identified as AFAM 65, Topics in Afro-American Studies. That, too, was a paper class. In the Wainstein report, Williams said he told Holladay to emphasize that his players should be in lecture classes instead of independent study.

After the Wainstein report came out, Williams said in two news conferences that he was concerned about his players clustering in a major. Records show they continued to cluster in another popular major, Communications, while many others were listed as undeclared.

Kirschner said in an email that Williams would not be made available for an interview. Kirschner stood by his November 2012 statement.

So first he knows about players’ majors, then Roy makes comments suggesting he wasn’t worried about clustering. Then in the Wainstein report it claims Roy was worried about clustering in Afro-American Studies, but he failed to concern himself with the later clustering in Communications. Makes sense right?

But don’t worry, Roy now has a sense of relief!

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Basketball Recruiting Update http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/basketball-recruiting-update-2/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/basketball-recruiting-update-2/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:56:03 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87412 It’s summer time and NC State basketball recruiting is a hot topic for many Pack fans. The 2015 class could still add two more pieces in Maverick Rowan plus Georgios Papagiannis alongside lonely commit Shaun Kirk. Currently there are eight scholarship players on the roster as depth is a lingering concern for some Wolfpack fans […]

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It’s summer time and NC State basketball recruiting is a hot topic for many Pack fans. The 2015 class could still add two more pieces in Maverick Rowan plus Georgios Papagiannis alongside lonely commit Shaun Kirk. Currently there are eight scholarship players on the roster as depth is a lingering concern for some Wolfpack fans heading into next season at the moment.

Maverick Rowan will reclassify to The 2015 class as he could help in a scoring role for The Pack next season. Reports have been out early this week that Rowan is down to four schools but those schools haven’t been publicly released as his top six from before is: Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, St. John’s, UCLA and Wisconsin. Louisville has been the presumed favorite but St. John’s is making a late push as he is currently visiting The Red Storm. Rowan’s dad played with St. John’s coach, Chris Mullin as they could be a dark horse for his commitment. The key for NC State is to get him back on campus as I think The Pack is still in it with him. Look for Rowan to make a decision later during the summer.

Georgios Papagiannis standing a little over 7 feet could be a big time addition to NC State’s front court next season. With Kyle Washington transferring, Papagiannis could provide instant depth and a solid rim protector. He is from Greece plus currently playing for Greece’s U19 team. He had 10 points, 5 rebounds alongside 4 blocks in a loss against USA’s U-19 team today. Coach Gottfried flew over to visit him in Greece after the season and if he comes to America, NC State is sitting in a good position to land him. He could potentially visit The Pack in July alongside another school so look for a decision from him around late July if he decides to play college basketball.

As for The 2016 class there are specific names to be aware of. Christian Matthews is a 6’6″ wing from Fort Washington, Maryland and currently has NC State as his leader. Off a recent unofficial visit to Raleigh, Matthews could be closing in on a decision as NC State is in the driver seat for his commitment. His game is similar to TJ Warren’s as he should be ranked in the top 150 once the rankings are finalized.

Edrice “Bam Bam” Adebayo from Washington, North Carolina is the main target for NC State’s front court in the 2016 class. Adebayo is still in the middle of recruitment as I wouldn’t expect a decision from him until next spring but NC State is assumed to be leading in his recruitment. Bam Bam is a consensual top 10 player in the country as his athleticism is off the charts. His recent performance at The NBA Top 100 camp was spectacular but North Carolina, Louisville plus Virginia are also trying to land his commitment. NC State was his first offer which could help land a commitment plus the fact he has mentioned playing alongside a solid point guard. Adebayo mentioned NC State’s own, Cat Barber as a point guard he would prefer to play with. If The Pack land Adebayo, he would become an instant game changer for NC State basketball in the future.

Dennis Smith Jr. is the other main target for NC State in the class of 2016. Smith Jr. is the top rated point guard in the country and is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He grew up an NC State fan plus is good friends with Bam Bam as the two have expressed playing together at the collegiate level. NC State is also considered the presume leader for Smith Jr. as he just finished a two day visit in Raleigh. Smith Jr. could drag out his announcement until the spring period but mentioned it would be ideal for him to make a commitment in the fall signing period. Smith Jr. has the impact to be ACC freshman of the year in the future since he is that talented. The Pack will continue to recruit him hard as every school in the country is fighting for his commitment. Torin Dorn and Smith Jr. would be a scary back court for NC State in the future if Smith runs with The Pack.

Other 2016 basketball targets will become more clear in the fall once prospects start taking official visits. Right now Edrice Adebayo and Dennis Smith Jr. are the two names to focus on as they also played on the same AAU with NC State player, Shaun Kirk. The coaching staff has done a phenomenal job recruiting them so far as hopefully NC State can land both of their signatures. The class of 2016 has the potential to be a significant class for NC State basketball.

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Trea Turner Update http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/trea-turner-update/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/trea-turner-update/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:34:39 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87349 Trea Turner’s professional baseball career turned one year old on Sunday.  As a gift, the former Wolfpacker finally got the long-awaited trip he’d been promised for the past six months. On Sunday, Trea Turner finally and officially became what everyone everywhere already knew he was going to be…the player to be named later in the […]

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Trea Turner’s professional baseball career turned one year old on Sunday.  As a gift, the former Wolfpacker finally got the long-awaited trip he’d been promised for the past six months.

On Sunday, Trea Turner finally and officially became what everyone everywhere already knew he was going to be…the player to be named later in the now infamous three team deal last December involving San Diego, the team that made him their 13th overall pick in last June’s draft; the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays.

For Turner, the bottom line is that he was finally able to pack his bags and book his itinerary from San Antonio (Padres’ AA affiliate) to his destination in Harrisburg (Nationals’ AA affiliate).  He exits the AA Texas league at #3 in both batting avg. (.322) and RBI’s (35), and #6 in slgpct (.471).  If he keeps up that sort of production, he could be in Syracuse (Nats’ AAA affiliate) in very short order.

Depending upon what happens with Ian Desmond, including his contract negotiations, Turner might find himself with the big club in the capital city sooner rather than later.

And in spite of all the teeth gnashing that came from red clad keyboard warriors in the months since the trade and Turner’s fate within it became public last December, both the Nats and Turner himself have had nothing but glowing praise for how he was treated by San Diego’s front office in the interim since becoming essentially a lame duck of sorts in their organization.

Nationals finally complete trade for Trea Turner (WashingtonPost.com)

“We’ve had guys going in there to scout him periodically,” [Nats’ GM Mike] Rizzo said. “We made an assignment for several of our professional scouts to make their way through San Antonio to see him play. We had evaluated him throughout the process and the Padres handled the situation perfectly. They treated him like the prospect that he is. I give him a lot of credit for not hindering his progress and his development by treating him just like any other prospect would be. My hats off to those guys. That was something that we discussed when we made the trade and they’ve done everything that we expected of him and they did things that we really in the best interest of Trea.”

 

And though he didn’t set out to do so, Turner now has a rule named after himself, which in essence modifies but doesn’t exactly overturn the “Incaviglia Rule”, which is what kept him in the SD organization until yesterday.

The rule was amended Wednesday and teams were notified this week, according to one source. Players from the most recent draft can now be traded beginning the day after the World Series, a change from the old rule, which said they couldn’t be dealt until a year after they signed.

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But by the old rules, Turner couldn’t be dealt until June 13 of this year – the anniversary of the day he signed. So the Nationals and Padres agreed to make him a “player to be named later.” Thus, Turner spent this spring at the Padres’ complex in Peoria, Ariz., working out with players who won’t be his teammates later this summer and playing for coaches who won’t be instructing him as his career takes off.

[snip]

The new rule also provides that players in the most recent draft cannot be used as players to be named later during the summer after they’re drafted. They must remain with the club that drafted them until the day after the World Series.

 

Of course, we all wish Trea the best and we’re very happy to have him back on the right coast.  Within easy driving distance.

Which kinda makes me sound like a stalker, I guess.

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Wolfpack Football “Shakes it off” http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/wolfpack-football-shakes-it-off/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/wolfpack-football-shakes-it-off/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:16:04 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87287 Mostly because I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t make sure every one of you has this song stuck in your head for a day or two. Plus, regardless of how you feel about the song or the artist, it’s hard not to smile while watching this.

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Mostly because I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t make sure every one of you has this song stuck in your head for a day or two.

Plus, regardless of how you feel about the song or the artist, it’s hard not to smile while watching this.

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Brian Brown, 1st Team Freshman All-American http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/brian-brown-1st-team-freshman-all-american/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/brian-brown-1st-team-freshman-all-american/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 04:33:29 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87267 Congratulations to Wolfpack lefty starter Brian Brown for making the first team of NCBWA’s 2015 Freshman All-American team!!! As a freshman this season, Brown led the Pack9’s staff in wins (7), starts (15) and innings pitched (79.2).  He posted a 2.03 ERA with 78 K’s against only 26 BB’s.   My boy @bbrownie33 is a […]

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Congratulations to Wolfpack lefty starter Brian Brown for making the first team of NCBWA’s 2015 Freshman All-American team!!!

As a freshman this season, Brown led the Pack9’s staff in wins (7), starts (15) and innings pitched (79.2).  He posted a 2.03 ERA with 78 K’s against only 26 BB’s.

 

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Dorn to State; Gottfried continues winning the transfer game http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/dorn-to-state-gottfried-continues-winning-the-transfer-game/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/dorn-to-state-gottfried-continues-winning-the-transfer-game/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 10:43:11 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87235 Included in things that I never thought I would say was the phrase, “Go Torin Dorn!” For those of you too young to remember, the first Torin Dorn was a really good tailback who played for UNC Chapel Hill in the late 1980s before playing for most of the 1990s in NFL for the Raiders […]

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Included in things that I never thought I would say was the phrase, “Go Torin Dorn!”

For those of you too young to remember, the first Torin Dorn was a really good tailback who played for UNC Chapel Hill in the late 1980s before playing for most of the 1990s in NFL for the Raiders and Rams organizations. But, things have changed!!! as NC State just picked up a key transfer to bolster the Wolfpack’s basketball roster.

In case you didn’t know, the younger Dorn played his freshman season at UNC-Charlotte where he is the reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Torn is a physical and athletic guard who has shown the ability to score at 6’5 and 200 pounds. After sitting out a year, he will have 3 years remaining.

Dorn was a 3-star prospect in high school that failed to crack the radar of most of the major programs. He led Charlotte in scoring as freshman at 12 points a game while shooting 34% from the three point line. He tallied 22 double-figure scoring games with 10 of those double-figure games coming off the bench. Dorn had narrowed his list to State and Miami.

Dorn’s commitment means that State is getting close to being able to hold actual scrimmages with scholarship players during practice. If the Pack could land this big man in this class then the Pack could be very dangerous this season! FWIW, Papagiannis is scheduled to visit Raleigh in July.

Current 2015-2016 NC State Basketball Program Configuration

Senior Class
—None—-

Junior Class
(1) Anthony Barber (PG)
(2) BeeJay Anya (4F/5C)
(3) Lennard Freeman (4F)
(4) Terry Henderson (Wing)

Sophomore Class
(5) Caleb Martin (wing)
(6) Cody Martin (wing)
(7) Abdul Malik Abu (PF)

Freshman Class (2015 Commits)
(8) Shaun Kirk (F)
(9) Torin Dorn (SG) – transfer from Charlotte; eligible as sophomore in 2016-2017
(10) [Hold for George Papagiannis] (C)

2016 Commits
(11)
(12)
(13)

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Your Reminder to Remember the 90s http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/your-reminder-to-remember-the-90s/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/your-reminder-to-remember-the-90s/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:54:52 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87156 If those pretentious, cheating bastards born and bred are looking for any mercy, or sympathy, then they’ve come to the wrong place. Remember the 90s. And then every time a UNC fan scoffs at our obsessive, bitter hatred of them, just remind them its their own fault. They started this back in 1989 when they […]

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If those pretentious, cheating bastards born and bred are looking for any mercy, or sympathy, then they’ve come to the wrong place.

Remember the 90s.

And then every time a UNC fan scoffs at our obsessive, bitter hatred of them, just remind them its their own fault. They started this back in 1989 when they used their power in the Board of Governors and media to launch an opportunistic, vitriolic assault against Jim Valvano personally, and his program that was overshadowing Dean Smith’s (click here for some history).

And also remind them of this (click here):

For every State fan who endured the self-imposed — it’s important to note that, unlike The Flagship, we held ourselves accountable after the NCAA, SBI and Poole Commission found only “minor” infractions in 1989 — indignity of the 90s (and beyond), while Carolina fans scoffed at us with their trademarked, arrogant elitism, this isn’t about ripping down banners.

This is all about the reckoning.

For decades, The Flagship perpetuated the fallacy of its superiority through its precious credo. Pompous Carolina fans — and also alums — adhered to a higher standard, and they were better, more deserving than you. All you had to do was ask one of them, they’d make sure you knew that.

Meanwhile, as they diminished us, for two decades, they were fine-tuning a chronic, institutionalized system of fraud to keep their athletes eligible. What the Wainstein Report revealed — what every bitter State fan has long known — is that “fraud” is just a white collar term for “pretentious, cheating, bastards born and bred.”

The Carolina Way has proven a giant, hollow lie. And the Notice of Allegations is a good start towards holding it accountable for that.

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The NCAA Hammers UNC With Notice of Allegations http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/the-ncaa-hammers-unc-with-notice-of-allegations/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/the-ncaa-hammers-unc-with-notice-of-allegations/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:44:16 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87126 UNC finally released their heavily redacted version of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations today, and this time, it doesn’t appear that the Tar Heels are going to get off with a mere slap on the wrist from college sports’ governing body.  That’s because the NCAA charged UNC with perhaps its most heinous crime, “Lack of Institutional […]

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UNC finally released their heavily redacted version of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations today, and this time, it doesn’t appear that the Tar Heels are going to get off with a mere slap on the wrist from college sports’ governing body.  That’s because the NCAA charged UNC with perhaps its most heinous crime, “Lack of Institutional Control.”

[NCAA Division I Manual Constitution 2.1.1, 2.8.1 and 6.01.1 (2002-03 through 2010-11)]

NOTICE OF ALLEGATIONS Case No. 00231?May 20, 2015?Page No. 49
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It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes.

Specifically, individuals in the academic administration on campus, particularly in the college of arts and sciences, did not sufficiently monitor the AFRI/AFAM and ASPSA departments or provide appropriate supervision for these academic units and their staffs. The AFRI/AFAM department created anomalous courses that went unchecked for 18 years. This allowed individuals within ASPSA to use these courses through special arrangements to maintain the eligibility of academically at-risk student-athletes, particularly in the sports of football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Although the general student body also had access to the anomalous AFRI/AFAM courses, student-athletes received preferential access to these anomalous courses, enrolled in these anomalous courses at a disproportionate rate to that of the general student body and received other impermissible benefits not available to the general student body in connection with these courses.

Additionally, the institution did not monitor Boxill’s activities. Although employed by ASPSA, Boxill conducted her athletics academic advising activities largely within the philosophy department. Despite concerns by some at the institution that Boxill’s relationship with the women’s basketball student-athletes may have been too close, the institution did not monitor Boxill or determine whether her conduct violated institutional rules or NCAA bylaws.

Level of Allegation No. 5:
The NCAA enforcement staff believes a hearing panel of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions could determine that Allegation No. 5 is a severe breach of conduct (Level I) because the violations seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA Collegiate Model and the presumption of lack of institutional control violations as Level I. [NCAA Bylaws 19.9.1 and 19.1.1-(a) (2014-15)]

Oops.  And that just touches the surface.  Men’s basketball, football, women’s basketball and many other sports were implicated, and this time it appears that the NCAA didn’t give a cursory examination and a slap on the wrist.

You can read the entire document here, in PDF form.  Take the time to read it, even though it’s long.  After the first pass, it seems clear that almost every one of the items that have been pointed out by writers like Dan Kane, blogs like this one and of course the message boards at Pack Pride were found by the NCAA.

For all of its past, present and future attempts at public relations, legal maneuvering and press management, it appears that UNC is in some deep trouble.  Loss of Institutional Control is one of the most serious charges the NCAA can level, and it was clearly mentioned in the curious case of Carolina.  The Tar Heels chose to ofuscate, deny, attack messengers, spend millions on attempts to control the media, but at the end of the day, they could not outrun the truth.  And now, it looks like it will cost them dear.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come and this saga is far from over, even after five years.

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NCAA Baseball: Super Regional Storylines http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/ncaa-baseball-super-regional-storylines/ http://www.statefansnation.com/2015/06/ncaa-baseball-super-regional-storylines/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:02:37 +0000 http://www.statefansnation.com/?p=87085 Yes, for Wolfpack Baseball the season came to an abrupt and painful end on Monday night in Fort Worth, TX, already known as “Black Monday” in my own personal brain. Yes, most of us are still reeling from, and maybe even still trying to comprehend, exactly what we witnessed in the last three innings of […]

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Yes, for Wolfpack Baseball the season came to an abrupt and painful end on Monday night in Fort Worth, TX, already known as “Black Monday” in my own personal brain.

Yes, most of us are still reeling from, and maybe even still trying to comprehend, exactly what we witnessed in the last three innings of that game.

And yes, as silly as it might seem to a ‘normal’ person, I still am strugging to assuage myself of the guilt I feel for bringing the baseball gods down on the Pack9 Monday night in such swift, punishing and unforgiving fashion.

Consider this the first meaningful step of my attempts at placation of those fickle bitches and mitigation of my offenses.

It makes sense to me at least.  And yes, I’m at least partially serious.

Despite the fact that the Pack9’s three inning dumpster fire cost them a trip to the NCAA Baseball Tourney’s Super Regional round, for the true baseball fans amongst us there is still quite a bit of good baseball to be played, with some compelling matchups/storylines having developed headed into the round of 16.

First, let’s have a peek at the ACC teams still in the mix.

Both of the ACC’s national seeds (#3 Louisville and #5 Miami) held serve in their regionals and will host in the supers.

Louisville made quick work of its opponents en route to a 3-0 regional mark at home, beating Morehead State and Michigan twice.  The Cards barely broke a sweat and should be well-rested as none of the games was particularly close.

They will welcome Cal State Fullerton to town, which also advanced with an undefeated 3-0 weekend at home in the Fullerton Regional.  The Cards will have their work cut out for them as the Big West Conference Champion Titans are a perennial college baseball power and are used to the big stage, having advanced to Omaha nine times in the past 20 years, including winning it all twice (’95, ’04).

Miami did not get out of their Coral Gables Regional unscathed.  But despite a scare from Ivy League upstart Columbia, the ‘Canes got down to business and unleashed their offensive juggernaut in the 7th and deciding game Monday night to dispatch the Lions 21-3.  As a result, they get to host the only super regional featuring a #4 seed.

VCU earned their trip to Coral Gables by emerging from Dallas as the #4 seed, including beating regional host and top seed Dallas Baptist twice.

ACC Champs Florida State had a 3-0 weekend in Tallahassee beating Mercer and CoC twice.  But since the ‘Noles barely missed out on earning a national seed despite taking the ACC Tourney in Durham last month, they will be traveling this weekend.

The ‘Noles’ destination, wouldn’t you know it, is Gainesville to face in state rival Florida.  The Gators and ‘Noles don’t like each other very much, and FSU would love nothing more than to upset the #4 national seed and cost them a trip to Omaha.

UVa racked up the frequent flyer miles over the weekend as they were sent all the way out to Lake Elsinore, CA for their regional, as the #3 seed no less.  Yet they played like the favorites and carved up the competition as if they were in Charlottesville.  And for the super regionals, they will be.

That’s because they’ll be facing Maryland, which also advanced as a #3 seed.  And in spite of the fact that the Terps lost a game in the LA Regional, their advancing might be more impressive than UVa’s, as they had to defeat overall #1 national seed UCLA twice to emerge.

And in spite of the Terps bolting for the B1G, or maybe even because of it, these two teams don’t like one another any more than the Gators/’Noles.  This is the only super regional series which doesn’t feature at least one #1 seed.

Defending National Champs Vanderbilt will travel north to Champaign, Illinois to face the #6 national seed Fighting Illini for the best of 3 super regional round.

#2 national seed LSU is the highest seed still remaining.  They will welcome UL-Lafayette to Baton Rouge, which took the Houston Regional as the #3 seed.

Arkansas, winners of the Stillwater Regional and the only #2 to advance, will host the super regional round despite the fact that they’re facing #8 national seed Missouri State.  The Bears get the short end on this one due to scheduling conficts for use of the stadium they share with the minor league Springfield Cardinals.

And of course, #7 national seed TCU will stay home and host Texas A&M.

So yeah, GO AGGIES!!!!!

By the Numbers – Super Regionals Seed Breakdown

  1. – Eleven*
  2. – one
  3. – three
  4. – one

* 7 of 8 national seeds advanced, with only overall #1 UCLA failing to reach the super regionals.

2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament Interactive Bracket (NCAA.com)

And did I mention…

GO AGGIES!!!!

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