About six weeks ago I argued that as the vaunted “Carolina Way” has been widely and publicly deconstructed, “the average Carolina fan has responded not with outrage but instead with passive indifference.”
And today, Duke Basketball Report (the enemy of my enemy is my friend) compiled a few of the more classic responses on FireHoldenThorp.com, submitted by some of the esteemed champions of the Carolina Way, none better than this one:
I’m sure you’ve heard many complaints, criticisms and outright threats towards yourself based on the recent occurrences concerning ex-head football coach Butch Davis. Know full and well that these complaints are well justified and deserved on your part…Equally, he has not been found to have knowledge of the academic scandal that also occurred. Conveniently enough, academic affairs is overseen by your former post, of which I’m sure you’re aware…Make no mistake, the Carolina Way is and should be a large part of everything our university dips its feet in. But the Carolina Way is not about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It’s not about promoting sacrificial lambs because certain constituents of our university made poor choices….What honor lies in bending over and acquiescing to despicable institutions such as North Carolina State University (henceforth referred to as MooU) and the News & Observer? What honor is there is sacrificing an innocent to save another innocent’s face?…Maybe at the end of the day it’s okay if Moo U or the N&O thought we were cheaters. MooU is amongst the NCAA’s most cheating universities of all time [LRM note: I was unable to find a source to confirm this, but I promise to continue searching], so their opinion never mattered to begin with. Maybe you should’ve shown some courage even in the face of adversity. Because you, Chancellor, are now guilty of a more gross injustice than sleeping on a professional football player’s couch or having a tutor format your Works Cited page. You’ve violated human ethics.
Just so we’re clear: the theory here is that the evil MooU and its long-time ally and partner in crime, the Raleigh News & Observer, joined forces to take down the Flagship.