SchadenFriday! UNC Board of Governors member calls scandals ‘humiliating’

At StateFansNation we thought it would be fun this afternoon to provide a light piece that linked in various things regarding the ongoing public-relations pig orgy that is transpiring in Chapel Hill.

The hilarity of “Bus Watch” this morning, with actual live coverage of who got on the UNC-CH football busses bound for the airport — and the aftermath, which is now being covered by national non-sports news stations, will certainly be outdone tomorrow by two hours of ESPN’s Gameday live from the Georgia Dome and then a network coast-to-coast broadcast.  We got a taste of what Saturday’s coverage has to offer with this line that Brent Musberger threw out today: “We’d have a better game tomorrow night if LSU’s second string would take on [LSU’s] first string.”  ZA-zing!!  Keep an eye on our man Lou Holtz, who will no doubt have some funny things to say.  Earlier in the week, Lou was asked what Butch could do to prepare for the uncertainty.  Lou shot back that first he should prepare a resume.

Apparently this is a partial picture of the suspended players:

I don’t know UNC-CH’s roster well at all and don’t care to learn it, but I am told most of the starting defense is out.  Here is a depth chart for those of you interested in that sort of stuff.

By the way, I guess it is part of UNC-CH’s public relations “plan” to keep everyone in the dark about the length and reasons for the suspensions.  I mean, I assume some of the players are out due to “Tutorgate” and others “Agentgate.”  It would be nice if they provided everyone with this information so we could properly update the depth chart and cover the continuing story.

Moving on, I can’t recommend this next item enough, especially for you Bruce fans out there.  Make sure you are not eating or drinking anything when you click on this link to hear “NCAA’s Coming to Town.”

Wrapping up, UNC Board of Governors member Brent Barringer shows us that there are some UNC-CH supporters who are sensible with the remarks he made today as covered here.  (I just wonder where he has been the last 40+ years. Does he really not have a clue of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell mantra of the behaviors at UNC-CH?) In addition to calling the situation “very, very disappointing and frankly embarrassing to the point of being humiliating,” Mr. Barringer also explained: “”I don’t think the buck stops with the players.”  


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22 Responses to SchadenFriday! UNC Board of Governors member calls scandals ‘humiliating’

  1. Clarksa 09/03/2010 at 2:04 PM #

    When does the UNC BOG investigation start?

  2. hoop 09/03/2010 at 2:14 PM #

    I’m still waiting to see my favorite headline. Maybe they’re waiting for the results of the NCAA investigation. I made it up but I would guess others have too.

    Carolina Has Lost Its Way.

  3. StateFans 09/03/2010 at 2:14 PM #

    I thought the BOG had been disbanded due to the deafening silence from them. When is a truly independent investigation going to start?

  4. jwoerner89 09/03/2010 at 2:15 PM #

    “Just six years ago I was at a seminar in Chapel Hill and heard (the late) Myles Brand, then the president of the NCAA, hold up UNC-Chapel Hill as a paragon of the student-athlete model. Here we are, less than seven years later. having to disqualify 20 percent of the team not just because of NCAA agent allegations but more importantly academic allegations.

    As the saying goes, I bet Myles Brand just roled over in his grave.

  5. packbackr04 09/03/2010 at 2:25 PM #

    the fact that John Blake is still coaching is the true embarassment. just look at the # of defensive players that have been suspended. i guess Baddour and Thorp just think it is some sort of anomoly that the defense represents a disproportionate amount of the players involved.

  6. Sweet jumper 09/03/2010 at 2:28 PM #

    Please Mr. Swofford, could we have a comment from the commish.

  7. wufpup76 09/03/2010 at 2:54 PM #

    I’m reminded of the scene from “A Time to Kill”, when Matthew McConaughey’s character (a defense lawyer) is giving his final summation to the jury.

    He’s asked the jury members to each close their eyes … he then goes on to describe the terrible and disgusting atrocity that has been committed against the defendant’s daughter. The lawyer then asks how would anyone react to this happening to their own child (the defendant, a black man in the deep South back in the day, killed the assailants – the jury is all caucasion).

    Some of the jury members are crying … it’s a terrible thought.

    But then McConaughey’s character makes the ultimate point to the jury – “Now imagine the little girl is white.”

    I’m taking a long, winding road here – but, um … media, league commisioners, investigators – anyone with some pull in this case … We’re still waiting for you to pretend like this some other school not named Chapel Hole.

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    If you’re guilty, you’re guilty. Damn who you are, damn your reputation, damn all your hypocrisy.

    Let the b*tches fry.

  8. Paramarine 09/03/2010 at 3:06 PM #

    So did Butch Davis or John Blake get on the bus?

  9. PoppaJohn 09/03/2010 at 3:18 PM #

    Hall of Fame nomination – Is this the best summer in Wolfpack history?

  10. WolftownVA81 09/03/2010 at 3:19 PM #

    Kudos to Mr. Brent Barringer for saying what’s been needing saying for the past 6 weeks. The sooner UNC mans up and faces the music the sooner they’ll get past this embarrassment.

  11. statered 09/03/2010 at 3:21 PM #

    I bet this BOG changes his tune if the bball program were to be implicated.

  12. method1220 09/03/2010 at 3:25 PM #

    Great article; love the Barringer comment. One thing–he’s a member of the UNC _system_ Board of Governors. He’s not part of the UNC-CH administration (that would be the Board of Trustees).
    I think he is a Carolina grad, though.

  13. BJD95 09/03/2010 at 3:35 PM #

    Damn it, I really should have flown to Vegas earlier in the week, when I saw that there actually WAS a betting line on this game – and it was only LSU by 1.5. Doh!

  14. TAEdisonHokie 09/03/2010 at 3:47 PM #

    If a member of the NC BOG is angry enough to say something publicly, I think we can all bet there’s a ton of anger behind the scenes.

  15. ganymebe 09/03/2010 at 4:09 PM #

    The video link posted above is definitely one of the funniest, most creative things I have seen.

  16. McCallum 09/03/2010 at 8:13 PM #

    To be a university with such a commitment to “diversity” unc doesn’t seem to have much “diversity” on this issue.

    Now I’m all torn up to tell you the truth. Chris Washburn could have been a college graduate if he had just said YES to el deano.


  17. highstick 09/03/2010 at 10:30 PM #

    Brutal, McCallum, but very true! Maybe a Rhodes Scholar!

  18. MrPlywood 09/03/2010 at 10:50 PM #


    Wish I could take credit for it…. 🙂

  19. Ismael 09/04/2010 at 4:12 AM #

    From the distinguished Holden Thorp

    “I think that what is clear about this situation is that academics and character have not been emphasized as much as they need to be in the football program,” Thorp said. “Because I think people throw around the institutional control [question], but that’s about whether you’re training your tutors and getting people to sign stuff and all of that. And we’re doing all of that, and we’ll look at it.

    “But I think the big question here is whether people are being reminded frequently enough of the values of the university – and of the importance of academics relative to everything else. And it’s clear that we need to improve that.”

    Thorp said that he has stressed that need for improvement with both Baddour and Davis and that he remains determined to sort out what went wrong and make it right.

    “This happened on Butch’s watch, but it happened on Dickie’s watch and on my watch, too,” Thorp said. “And the three of us are committed to making this football program one that is consistent with what Carolina has always been about.”

    Read more:

  20. McCallum 09/04/2010 at 7:55 AM #

    If Kevin Madden could “graduate” from unc then I expect nearly anyone could.

    I know, they found he had a “learning” disability and they worked to “address” his disability.

    Being STUPID is not a disability but it is interesting how unc has always taken care of these “issues” with the proper tone and wording. Reputation intact and actually making the claim of advancing the cause of higher education.

    Now ol’ State College, what a bunchy of dummies.


  21. highstick 09/04/2010 at 8:09 AM #

    Thorp, this is what you get when your school is full of people with “no moral values” and your alum and fans encourage more of the same! Don’t act shocked!

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