Tonight kicks off a new StateFans Nation feature. We hope to write an entry every night or nearly every night recapping that day’s scandal news. In the unlikely event of a day with no scandal news, there is plenty of past material to mine for interesting discussion points.
Before I get started, I have to tell everyone that you must read this piece that went up here earlier today. “Context and Perspective” is now required reading for anyone following the UNC scandal.
Chris Hawkins went on an Atlanta radio show this morning and had some interesting things to say. Here is a transcript of the interview.
Hawkins, you will remember, is an ex-UNC-CH defensive back who I think was kicked off the team by Bunting for some kind of inter-team fighting transgression. You can read past entries we have done about how Hawkins was uncooperative with the NCAA investigation here, detailing his connections to the UNC scandal here, about his 2009 felony arrest for alleged cocaine trafficking here, about how over the past few years he was often seen around the UNC football facility here, and about his 2010 trip to Las Vegas with Kendric Burney and some other things here.
Some highlights from Hawkins’ interview today with my comments:
The NCAA thinks that I am an agent, which I am not. I am not an agent. I have never worked for an agent, never been paid by one. I am simply just a kid. Just like everybody else, I like AJ’s game. I like how he plays the game
Well, we know that the NCAA considers him an agent and he has admitted to helping college players “vet” agents, so really he can’t say he is “simply just a kid” who likes AJ’s game. In fact, later in the same interview he says:
I work with my friend, Willie Parker, who is a professional athlete, and did a little with agents and stuff like that.
Yeah, I’ll bet he did “a little with agents and stuff like that”!
But my favorite Hawkins quote from today is:
I spoke with the NCAA guy, I think his name is Chance Miller. When he called me from the University of Georgia he was with the University of Georgia’s lawyer, at the time when he called me I was busy. I was doing something. I told them that I would call them back and we set up a time to call back and when he gave me an extension, he gave me an extension to call back on, I called back the extension 5 times and it was the wrong extension. It didn’t work. Once he talked to me he called me the next day and I was like, ‘You, you gave me the wrong extension number.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. My fault, my fault.’ It went from there and he set up another time, I think it was like a Monday at 3 o’clock or something like that. He gave me another time for a conference call and that time I was busy. I don’t work for the NCAA. I don’t work for those guys. I’ll speak to them when I can if I am available but I just don’t drop everything I do. I try my best to help those guys out.”
Perfect! I would suggest that Hawkins keep up this sassy attitude in dealing with the NCAA investigators! By all means don’t change your schedule for them — you don’t work for those guys! I think that plan will really work out well for all involved.
And for the guys who aren’t cleared, their mistakes could not have come at worse time. The people or organizations that are to assign punishment have tipped their hand without saying a word. Their silence is making it excruciatingly painful. There are many theories to why it is that way, but the facts are that these kids who made the mistakes have cracked a door and it is being kicked in.
The anti-football establishment coupled with the media, opposing teams and their fans are reveling in this right now. They want this team to fall apart, they want dissension between administrators, coaches and fans. Outsiders can’t stomach us being dominant at everything. We are dominant at everything but football right now, but we’re coming and it’s scaring them.
The more they frustrate us with their silence, sensationalistic reporting, and their rumor and speculation, the more they hope we capitulate and come to their side. Their side: that a good, successful football program is just not in the cards nor is it good for our beloved university.
How are we as fans going to respond? Are we going to let them succeed? I’ll take us.
“[C]racked a door”?! Did he really write that? Given Hawkins’ recent arrest that’s not the cliche I would have used. Also, I would say that breaking NCAA rules while bragging about it repeatedly on the internet (with pictures!) is more than cracking a door.
But seriously, there is NO WAY that May believed that arrogant crap as he wrote it. It is just too over-the-top hilarious to be real. A program that has a losing conference record under Davis on the verge of being “dominant”? I mean come on. But the great part is that many who read that garbage, clearly written as a goof, earnestly believed it. Which is sort of like someone watching Pro Wrestling without realizing that it is fake.
If you want to read about more Pro Wrestling-like statements Deems has made in the past, we did this entry after the 41-10 shellacking in Chapel Hill. Deems said some really ridiculous things after that game that are worth going back through in light of his latest hilarious material.
In the future, Deems should make these kind of statements wearing a spandex tank top while pointing at the camera and threatening to hit someone with a folding chair. You know, really do it up right!