Given yesterday’s news, I thought this would be a good time to remember the “new policies” that UNC-CH put into place last fall. The full N&O piece from last October is some of the funniest reading you will ever do. Here are some particularly good excerpts. The piece opens:
UNC athletic director Dick Baddour says that because of the compliance system the school has in place, he will fight the idea that there were institutional control issues in the Tar Heels football program.
At the same time, the school will tighten parts of that system in the wake of a double-barreled NCAA investigation that left three star players – defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive end Robert Quinn and wide receiver Greg Little – kicked permanently off the team Monday. The investigations have focused on improper agent benefits and possible academic misconduct.
The piece goes on to quote Baddour talking about institutional control. Then it gets to the really funny part, especially given yesterday’s news:
As the investigation continues, Baddour and Davis said, new policies are already being put into place:
Football players will have to fill out a sign-out sheet if they leave campus for longer than 24 hours – detailing where they are going and for how long. They also must let a position coach know if their plans change.
“That’s critically important as to where they’re going, who’s going with them, who’s paying for the particular trips,” Davis said.
So, did Coples (and any other players possibly involved, if there are any more) provide the required information on the sign-out sheet? Did Butch know where Coples was going, who was with him, and who paid for the trip? Did Coples explain to anyone with UNC-CH that he was going to the party? Fun fact: Per the IC database, Coples’ date of birth is 06/22/1990. Which means he is not yet 21. How did he even get into that great party?
Regarding the pictures that broke yesterday, here CBS Sports is reporting that
a man the NCAA has investigated as a possible runner for agents is also visible in some pictures.
This morning JP Giglio at the N&O followed up on UNC’s “sign out sheet”,
UNC plan still in Flux.
The University of North Carolina’s new policy to keep track of its football players is a work in progress, athletic director Dick Baddour said Friday. Despite the return of NCAA investigators to campus this week, Baddour said, it will benefit the Tar Heels program.
After losing stars Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn and Greg Little for the entire 2010 season for taking trips and accepting agent-related benefits, UNC instituted a “sign-out” policy to track the off-campus trips of its players.
But even with the new policy in place since the start of the spring semester, the NCAA questioned defensive lineman Quinton Coples this week about a trip to Washington, D.C., ESPN reported Thursday.
Shockingly Dicky B wouldn’t comment on whether or not Coples filled out this sheet. Though it is interesting how many people have to sign off on the sheet before it’s completed.
The policy requires players to fill out a short written form at the Kenan Football Center before they travel anywhere off campus for longer than 24 hours. The sheet needs to be signed by an assistant coach and approved by academic advisors before being completed, UNC spokesman Kevin Best said.