Defenders of the “Carolina Way” want to make it painfully clear that there is no lack of institutional control over at the Flagship. They want to make sure we all know the system is to blame, not the University or any of the administrators, coaches or players associated with it.
Bill Friday wants to make sure this is very clear to us all (WRAL.com link):
“It’s very sad, unspeakably sad in my view, for these are talented men, but the system broke down,” said Friday, a founding co-chairman of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which has tried for two decades to reform college sports.
Friday didn’t assign any blame with the UNC situation, saying there will be plenty to go around once all of the facts are in and due process has run its course.
Wait, I’m confused, he just blamed it on the “system” didn’t he? Clearly this is a widespread problem among NCAA member institutions and we can all find numerous examples where coaches and players were acting as runners for agents. Right?
No? Wait, so is this or is this not a problem with the system? Now I’m just confused.