Never have I heard a group of individuals sound so dejected and distant. Then again, I guess there is a lot of distance to be gained from the heights UNC has fallen since the beginnings of the agent-gate investigation. Chancellor Thorp, Athletic Director Baddour, and Head Football Coach Butch Davis gave a press conference today at 7:30P (for those who live under a rock) and attempted to shed some light on the most recent investigations regarding tutor cheating and the UNC program. Spoiler alert: the tutor is a former nanny of Butch Davis’ family.
The most shocking thing to me was the mention that The Nanny, as I will for now on refer to her, apparently was not employed when news of the investigations broke, per Thorp’s own comments. So wait a minute, Thorp… you mean that after you knew your football program was staring down the barrel of a loaded NCAA gun, you didn’t think “wait a minute, maybe we should be extra sure of who has access to our players” and instruct Baddour to get on that? Also, when hearing that a university employee, part-time or otherwise, would have access to several (6-12, according to Greg Barnes of Inside Carolina) high profile players, your university saw absolutely no problem with hiring someone who was previously employed by Davis? I have a very hard time believing that somebody didn’t know about this connection. We all know that people talk and name-drop whenever possible to make themselves seem important. Anyone want to place bets that the tutor didn’t once tell one of these players “oh, you are on the football team? You know I use to nanny for Butch’s kids!” Ridiculous!!!
There are so many things worth railing on Carolina for, but the last one that stepped out to me was the fact that Chancellor Thorp mentioned that the investigation was “two-pronged”. Read into this a little bit with me: two-pronged implies two parallel, yet independent investigated charges. Basically, Thorp is telling us that Carolina is dealing with two separate issues and wants to comment on the academic issue, not the athletic issue.
News flash for Chancellor Thorp: THE TWO ARE ABSOLUTELY RELATED!!! The two are related because they point to one subject that has been murmured, almost whispered, in the shadows of Chapel Hill for months now: The UNC administration has lost institutional control of Carolina’s football program.
StateFansNation prides itself in not rumor milling, but from a common-sense point of view, Carolina has lost control if it’s players athletically (agentgate) and academically (tutorgate). That equates loss of institutional control. Period.