A must-read,Â brilliantly conceived and flawlessly exectuted.
He didnâ€™t know about former assistant John Blakeâ€™s reputation as a sly recruiter.
He didnâ€™t know about the trips his players took and the thousands of dollars of improper benefits they received that cost seven players their eligibility last year and 14 players at least one game.
And he didnâ€™t know about defensive end Quinton Coplesâ€™ mind-bogglingly bad decision to attend a post-draft party earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Â The time-tested Clueless Defense has simultaneously been the biggest reason to fire Davis — a lack of institutional control. Coplesâ€™ situation is the latest example. Despite all of the negative publicity and angst the NCAA investigation has caused the university, despite a new â€œsign-outâ€ policy to help keep track of players, Davis still canâ€™t keep his players from being lured into the NFL life prematurely. Instead, itâ€™s one of his biggest selling points to recruits, and itâ€™s those talented recruits who are making the bad decisions.
It all starts at the top.
and my favorite
North Carolina is oozing with NFL talent, recruited well enough to contend for a national title last season, and yet the Tar Heels have nothing to show for it but another eight-win season, an NCAA investigation and a 0-4 record against NC State.