Today the News and Observer published this letter from Robert Winston, the chairman of UNC-CH’s Board of Trustees. The best part of the letter:
As Chancellor Holden Thorp has said, we don’t feel good about being in this situation, but we do feel good about how we’ve responded to it. We pledged from the start that we’d go where the facts took us, we’d find out how this happened and we’d figure out how to keep it from happening again.
The N&O’s opinion is just that, an opinion. We prefer to make our decisions based on facts.
Wow! Remember, the UNC BOT is the body that, when given the chance to ask any scandal-related question of Thorp, Baddour, and Butch, had only one question, asked of Butch (paraphrased): “How is this affecting recruiting?” I am not making that up. That actually happened, as detailed in this entry. So I guess “how is recruiting going?” is a vital, central question necessary for the BOT to reach its “decision based on facts.”
I don’t know the UNC-CH BOT’s politics well enough to be able to comment all that well on Winston. For that sort of analysis, I rely on “BobLee,” a blogger who does. Many of his recent columns have talked about Winston. In particular I would suggest this one and this one.