What did UNC know about the Wichard-Blake payments and when did they know it? (Day 78)

Well nothing much happened today so I don’t know what to write about. 

But seriously, given the unreal crush of information and news, starting today I will focus on one question per day.  Otherwise I would go crazy. 

 Today we have:

What did UNC-CH know about Blake’s financial connections to Wichard and when did they know it?

When the huge bombs started going off last  night and this morning some of the spin coming from Chapel Hill was that this was “old news” that UNC-CH and the NCAA already knew about.  This spin was then retroactively sort of confirmed by Baddour, who released a statement at 3:00, apparently in response to the mind-blowing Yahoo report.  Baddour’s 3:00 statement said, in part:

“We became aware of some of the information through the NCAA investigation when John Blake was interviewed on Aug. 31. But financial transactions in and of themselves don’t establish a violation, and at that time we did not have enough information to dismiss him with cause.

 As we all know, Blake “resigned” several days later. 

A few points here.  First, they are claiming that they knew Blake, while the UNC-CH Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coodinator, was being paid by an agent during his tenure with UNC-CH and this is not cause for dismissal?  Wow.  But apparently it was “enough information” to sort of dismiss him about a week later.  This sounds fishy already.

Let’s continue with Baddour’s statement:

“Nevertheless, we weren’t comfortable with what we learned. That, combined with the distraction that Coach Blake was becoming to the football program, led us to the conclusion that it was not in our best interest for him to continue to be part of our program. He offered to resign, and we agreed to terms on Sept. 5.” 

You know, that’s funny, because when Blake “resigned” there was absolutely NO MENTION of the financial “irregularities” that led UNC-CH to be uncomfortable.  Blake was merely labled a “distraction.”  So they have been hiding this explosive information all this time?  But I thought they were being honest and forthright?  They certainly tell us that they are being honest and forthright at every opportunity.  But it is important to know that UNC-CH has the capacity to hide such important information while acting innocent.  Remember, it is apparently still the UNC-CH position that Marvin Austin as been suspended for violating team rules unrelated to the scandal and is currently “working his way back on the team.” As an aside, I want to see a UNC-CH official recite that with a straight face.  But let’s move on.

Next, I don’t understand how, spin-wise, it is in any way a positive for this to be “old news”  (if it is)?  It smells like a cover-up if you go with that story.  Even aside from that, are they contending that the statute of limitations runs less than a month after actual notice and therefore they can’t be held accountable for it?  I just don’t understand the spin at all. 

 Let’s move on.  Here is where it gets really sticky.  Butch Davis was on the radio this morning and said some things that seem to contradict Baddur’s 3:00 statement on the timing of UNC’s knowledge about the Blake-Wichard payments.  As you can read about in full here on the ACC Now blog, Butch claimed total ignorance:

Blake received multiple payments, a personal loan of $45,000 and a credit card issued by Wichard’s company, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Davis was interviewed by Raleigh radio host Taylor Zarzour on Thursday morning and denied having any knowledge of the situation.
According to a WRAL report, Butch characterized his knowledge of the Wichard-Blake finaicial connection in even starker terms:
“That was a total absolute revelation to me. I had no idea and don’t even know if it’s actually true.”

These are guys who have been friends/coworkers for decades and Butch has absolutely no idea about this stuff? Also, isn’t it sort of Butch’s job to know if his Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinaitor is being paid by an agent?  I will leave it up to the reader to decide about the plausibility of Butch’s claims of ignorance regarding Blake’s reputation, which are well-known to the public, and certainly would be to Butch.

We seem to have two different stories on the timing of UNC’s knowledge of the Wichard to Blake payments, with Baddour seeming to claim much earlier knowledge than Butch.  Did Baddour keep information from Butch or are they dissembling the meaning of “some … information” (from Baddour’s 3:00 statement)?  We don’t know!

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16 Responses to What did UNC know about the Wichard-Blake payments and when did they know it? (Day 78)

  1. Ismael 09/30/2010 at 10:42 PM #

    actually, if you listen to butch’s interview today on the practice field he contradicts himself from the earlier radio interview. I forgot what it was but it related to whether he knew/when he knew etc. you guys may want to compare the radio interview and the interview on wral

  2. Alpha Wolf 09/30/2010 at 10:51 PM #

    It’s a known fact that liars evolve and continually nuance their stories while someone who tells the truth repeats the same thing over and over again.

    That’s simple to understand because the truth never changes, whereas fiction is made up and imaginary…and when someone is pressed, their story almost always becomes shakier and shakier.

    Folks, Butch Davis is lying. If he’s not lying, he’s as dumb as a damned rock.

    No matter what, he’s responsible for what his charges have done in his name and under his watch.

    If he is not fired for being a liar or an idiot, he MUST be fired for being responsible.

    So far, he has avoided taking any responsibility for his players, his coaches or his tutors. WHAT IS HE ACTUALLY GOING TO STAND UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR?

  3. VaWolf82 09/30/2010 at 10:51 PM #

    When was the BOG informed of this financial connection and what did they say?

  4. Bowlpack 09/30/2010 at 11:01 PM #


    You know what they did? They grabbed their brooms and lifted up the rug in hopes that this would just go away. This whole fiasco is so out in the open now that there really are not too many more place to hide. Even the UNC-biased local media has to begin reporting on this in more detail (or at least relaying news from more noteworthy sources). It’s looking like this is going to have far reaching implications…we can only speculate. For now, we’ve got what is arguably the most important game in our recent history coming up and my focus is on cheering on our team this Saturday. Go Pack!

  5. LRM 09/30/2010 at 11:40 PM #

    Didn’t Blake once say he and Wichard weren’t that close? And now suddenly he’s a “close friend” who came to Blake’s rescue?

  6. MatSci94 10/01/2010 at 12:26 AM #

    I wouldn’t be surprised if at *every* stage up the chain (players – Blake – Davis – DB – Thorpe – BOG) lots of things are being hidden with the hope that they never come out.

    Ex. – The Tutor. *Somebody* knew *something* (why else the firing for being too friendly?) and didn’t pass that info up.

    Also, either they are trying to make sure they can fire Butch and not have to pay any extra money, or hoping that some of the other things they know don’t come out. I can’t tell if they are really trying to keep Butch, or just don’t want to be on the hook for the money.

  7. imawolf 10/01/2010 at 6:37 AM #

    This crowd knew about the financial dealings, WHICH IS WHY, they paid off the asst. coach. It was no financial agreement. It was hey, give him cash on the way out the door, and……shhhhh…..maybe he won’t blow the lid off what we have done and allowed to happen. They are guilty slam from their heads to their little sheep feet.

  8. Pack Mentality 10/01/2010 at 7:18 AM #

    I just can’t believe how racist UNC is being towards both Blake and Davis.

  9. Pack78 10/01/2010 at 7:44 AM #
  10. GoldenChain 10/01/2010 at 8:28 AM #

    Yet another example of The MAN keeping someone down!
    Blake do the right thing and out all their arses!!!!!!!

    Seriously, I think a ‘pissing contest’ is just getting ready to start up because Blake has some criminal issues with the SAG on the Amateur Athletes and Agents law.


  11. UnclePen 10/01/2010 at 8:33 AM #

    I think the UNC admin may want Davis to stay. If Butch leaves and starts talking, they know what abundance of damaging information he might have. That is why Thorep and Baddour are so supportive of Davis. There is no other reason.

  12. Ismael 10/01/2010 at 8:42 AM #

    i really think this asst high school coach angle is going to be really scandalous.

    Matt Doherty must be laughing himself to sleep

  13. Cliffdaddy 10/01/2010 at 9:54 AM #

    I might be making too big of a deal out of this, as most don’t seem to have the same reaction I do, but why was Blake allowed to coach in a game several days AFTER the school learned that he was on an agent’s payroll? In a way, this is the worst thing they’ve done to date, which is obviously saying something. They have now admitted KNOWINGLY taking the field with a coach on the sidelines who had accepted payments from an agent, an agent who had provided benefits to at least one of the suspended players.

  14. 61Packer 10/01/2010 at 10:11 AM #

    Tammy Wynette left us 12 years ago, but let’s remember her today with this jewel for Dickie Boy: STAND BY YOUR MAN

    Sometimes it’s hard to be an AD.
    Givin’ all your time to just one man.
    You’ll have bad times,
    He’ll have bad times,
    Coverin’ up all the things he can.
    But if you love him,
    You’ll forgive him.
    Even though his actions
    Are hard to understand.
    And if you love him,
    Oh, be proud of him,
    ‘Cause after all, he’s just your man………

  15. Cliffdaddy 10/01/2010 at 5:52 PM #

    Regarding the whole issue of “about 3 years ago,” as referenced by Blake’s attorneys, let’s not forget the following:

    On November 13, 2006 Dick Baddour, the athletic director at the University of North Carolina, announced that Davis had been hired as the new head football coach at UNC. On November 27, 2006, he officially succeeded John Bunting , who was fired in October 2006 after posting only one winning season in six years as head coach of the Tar Heels.

    And then there’s this on the hiring of John Blake:

    john blake hired as north carolina assistant football coach

    blake is first defensive coach hired by davis.

    Dec. 15, 2006

    Chapel Hill, N.C. —– John Blake, most recently the defensive line coach at Nebraska, has been hired as a defensive assistant coach, University of North Carolina head coach Butch Davis announced Friday.

    Davis and Blake previously worked together as members of Jimmy Johnson’s staff with the Dallas Cowboys. Blake joined the Dallas staff as defensive line coach after Davis was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1993. That year, Dallas ranked eighth in the league in total defense and beat Buffalo, 30-13, in Super Bowl XXVII. After Davis left to become the head coach at Miami in 1995, Blake remained in Dallas and won another Super Bowl title under head coach Barry Switzer.

    “John brings a unique blend of college and pro experience to North Carolina,” says Davis. “He has experience as a Division I head coach and is known throughout the country as a terrific recruiter and teacher. I had the pleasure working with John when we were both assistants for the Cowboys, and his commitment to excellence both on and off the field is unmatched.”

    With all due respect to Wade Smith and John Blake’s other fine attorneys, I DO NOT CONSIDER NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER OF 2006 TO BE “ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO”

    Thanks for incrimnating yourselves once again

  16. imawolf 10/01/2010 at 7:41 PM #

    Cliffdaddy, you are so correct with your statement….. WHY did they let him coach in that game? Insane…

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