A lot happened today, and this entry was updated several times by multiple members of the SFN author team. It covered all of the breaking news as it happened.
Because of all the work put into our main entry today, my entry tonight does not have a lot of analysis — it just points out a few things in “Bytes” style that you may have missed in the avalanche of data.
*** Before the news even started breaking today, the Daily Tar Heel continued its excellent coverage with a piece entitled “A Carolina cover up.” This particular article involves a report that Thorp requested that a DTH reporter leave an Honor Court meeting to protect the identity of a football player.
*** I have a question about how much things cost. This WRAL story explains that:
UNC estimated Little accepted $4,952 in benefits and Quinn accepted $5,642.
OK, I am with them so far. But next we learn that:
Little accepted diamond earrings and travel to the Bahamas, Washington, D.C., and Miami, among other benefits, the university said.
So you can really get all that stuff (and more) for $4,952? I have no idea, but it seems like all that loot would cost a lot. We also are told that:
Quinn accepted two black diamond watches, a pair of matching earrings and travel to Miami, among other benefits.
Again, $5,642 gets you all that (and more)? I don’t see how. Also, how did the coaches not notice Quinn’s two black diamond watches and pair of matching earrings and ask him questions? Is it normal for UNC-CH football players to walk around with that kind of bling?
*** I want to put a plug in for our message boards as I elevate this excellent post from alert fan “MatSci94″ into this entry:
reaction to various things…
MA went from ‘suspended indefinitely’ for something that was *NOT* agent or academic related, to ‘dismissed from the program’ for Agent involvement..after UNC knew that he recieved $10-13k in extra benefits (by comparison, the NCAA scale mentions $500, $750, and >$1000). Wasn’t he ‘working his way back onto the team?’
UNC seems to be setting up the ‘we had institutional control because we warned players’ BS excuse.
In describing the ‘lying to investigators’ part, apparently the NCAA knew details before they asked players (who continued to lie…) How did the NCAA know what was going on and UNC didn’t?
*** Lastly, today Coach O’Brien was asked about UNC-CH’s “sign out sheet” system of NCAA rules compliace. The exchange reportedly went like this:
Q: UNC announced today that it is going to implement a program in which football players are going to have sign out, where you’re going, who you are going with, who’s paying, etc… Do you have anything like that?
O’Brien: No we don’t.
Q: Do you plan on it?
O’Brien: I would hope not.
Hilarious! Also, what does UNC-CH expect players to do who are on the way improper trips/benefits? Sign out and say “On the way to Miami on a flight paid for by an agent through Marvin where I will attend an agent party and receive improper benefits”?