It appears the local media has taken off the gloves…finally.
From Luke Decock of the N&O:
No matter whether the NCAA eventually uncovers wrongdoing within the North Carolina football program – agent-related, academic or otherwise – there’s one conclusion that can be drawn right now about the investigation of the North Carolina football program. The NCAA messed it up.
A scathing column from the Fayetteville Observer:
A large contingent of UNC fans wants to believe all the transgressions found so far are insignificant. To those backers – call them optimistic or delusional or whatever – the ambiguity of the past six weeks indicates that the NCAA doesn’t have a strong enough case to throw at the Tar Heels. Until concrete damning evidence is presented, many fans will assume the purity of the Carolina program is intact.
The rest of us, however, know better.
If no significant violations had occurred, the chancellor would not be apologizing, the athletic director would not be in full discovery mode and the head coach would not be wide-eyed and pale, looking as if he had just seen Tom O’Brien jump out of his closet.
If nothing major happened, we would not be entering Week 7 of an investigation with no end in sight and so few details surfacing as to how widespread and how inappropriate the misconduct has been.
Out of control?