“I don’t think there is anyone who’s more saddened by what has happened than the three of us,” said Bowles, standing with Baddour and Thorp. “They have dug into this tooth and nail,” said Bowles.
I 100% believe that NOBODY is more saddened than Bowles, Baddour, and Thorp. I genuinely believe this. And THIS, my friends, is EXACTLY why there MUST be an independent set of investigators engaged in Chapel Hill.
It is this admitted emotional attachment – and therefore obvious conflict of interest – that supports the significant need to shelter Holden Thorp and Dick Baddour (and others) from potentially career-ending conflicts of interest in this investigation. (Are we calling it an investigation yet?)
I would like to personally thank Mr. Bowles for publicly admitting the emotional investment and attachment that he and others around UNC share. I appreciate how saddened the leaders are. Unfortunately, all of these improprieties have taken place while Holden Thorp was Chancellor, while Dick Baddour was Athletics Director and even while Erskine Bowles was the President of the University system (and contributing huge dollars to support the University and even its athletics endeavors).
These very good men of character are also employees…stewards…fans…financial ‘investors’…and emotional supporters of the very University that they are ‘investigating’.
What is the rationale of allowing the people who were not originally controlling the environment to now investigate and police the environment? Isn’t that what they were previously supposed to be doing? What is the incentive for the current UNC investigative team to vigorously pursue nuggets of evidence that may lead them to places and revelations that could permanently damage the reputation of the University that they love and have invested careers in building? What incentive do they have to dig deeper into findings that could very well lead to their institutional embarrassment in addition to their own personal termination of employment, or even legal prosecution?
Will someone with some common sense please save these people from themselves!!!
I don’t know about you, but I would sleep a little better at night if the foxes weren’t vigilantly guarding the henhouse.