As you can read about here, today UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp gave some very interesting answers to questions about Butch Davis’ job status.
Asked, prior to a meeting with UNC’s faculty, if he could definitively say that Davis would remain as the football coach, Thorp began his response by saying it wasn’t a fair question. Then he added: “Competitive, big-time football is a hazardous undertaking, but the plan right now is for him to be the coach next year. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do to get to the bottom of this, and we’re pleased with him.”
Not a fair question? Hilarious! Imagine if he had been asked about the pictures of Butch yukking it up with “World Wide Wes.” How would Thorp have characterized that question?
Next, I wanted to make sure that nobody missed this story that broke last night. Apparently Former UNC player Chris Hawkins is an agent (as the NCAA defines him) or a runner for agents, and is all wrapped up in the scandal involving the Georgia player’s jersey sale. You can see a shorter version of the story here.
Anyway, I though the most interesting thing in the very meaty ESPN article was this paragraph:
A UNC official said Thursday Hawkins has frequently visited North Carolina’s football facility during the past few years, including a visit this summer in which he worked out with Parker in the team’s weight room. The school official said Hawkins often described himself as Parker’s manager.
So agents or agent runners apparently have free run of the UNC football building! This is interesting news in that I think it is against NCAA regulations for underclassmen to have any contact with agents. And this particular agent or runner was a UNC football player who Bunting kicked off the team! But apparently it is OK if he comes back as an agent and hangs out in the UNC football building! How out of control is it over there, seriously?
As another bonus, Hawkins played on the same team with Marcus Wilson, who was involved in the NCAA investigation into this whole mess (we know he at least was in charge of questioning Wes Saunders about Marvin Austin.)
Here is a great shot of Marcus. He looks impartial, wouldn’t you say?