ESPN’s Dinich skewers Butch Davis

A must-read,  brilliantly conceived and flawlessly exectuted.

Some highlights:

He didn’t know about former assistant John Blake’s reputation as a sly recruiter.

He didn’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 didn’t know about defensive end Quinton Coples’ mind-bogglingly bad decision to attend a post-draft party earlier this month in Washington, D.C.


 The time-tested Clueless Defense has simultaneously been the biggest reason to fire Davis — a lack of institutional control. Coples’ situation is the latest example. Despite all of the negative publicity and angst the NCAA investigation has caused the university, despite a new “sign-out” policy to help keep track of players, Davis still can’t keep his players from being lured into the NFL life prematurely. Instead, it’s one of his biggest selling points to recruits, and it’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.

UNC Scandal

30 Responses to ESPN’s Dinich skewers Butch Davis

  1. wolffpride 05/25/2011 at 5:54 PM #

    Oh my, oh my. I wasn’t a huge fan of Heather Dinich before this, but now I would buy her panties off of ebay.

  2. Sweet jumper 05/25/2011 at 6:12 PM #

    Boo yeah!!!!!!!!!!

  3. choppack1 05/25/2011 at 6:21 PM #

    I guess it would be expecting too much for the local paper to behave in a similar fashion.

  4. TOBtime 05/25/2011 at 6:32 PM #

    I will never call her a bobblehead again. Way to go and well said Heather!

  5. Old MacDonald 05/25/2011 at 6:35 PM #

    This will all be over by Friday. Everybody does it.

  6. travelwolf 05/25/2011 at 7:25 PM #

    Shut up, Heather… We support Butch… and the last thing we want Carolina to do is get a real coach!!!

  7. Plz2BStateFan 05/25/2011 at 7:39 PM #

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  8. BJD95 05/25/2011 at 7:53 PM #

    Ah, schadenfreude.

    Tastes great! Less filling!

  9. Wolfy__79 05/25/2011 at 8:28 PM #

    i’m in love! never liked her before.. but now, i’m in love!! way to go heather!!

  10. packalum08 05/25/2011 at 10:48 PM #

    There’s a first time for everything. Congrats to Heather for finally hitting that nail on the head.

  11. Cosmo96 05/25/2011 at 10:58 PM #

    “Coples signed out, according to a school spokesman, but not to Washington, D.C., where he was invited to a party with former teammates Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn.”

    WHAT!? How could anyone have discovered this flaw in the iron-clad sign out policy??

  12. turfpack 05/25/2011 at 11:09 PM #

    I didn’t know….I didn’t know….I didn’t know…yeah say it three times and everybody will believe it…..BAHAHAHA!!!!!…RIGHT!!!!!!!

  13. WolftownVA81 05/26/2011 at 5:54 AM #

    Great read. Thanks for the link. About time this started getting some traction in the media.

  14. ncsu_kappa 05/26/2011 at 6:06 AM #

    Wolffpride we would be in a bidding war haha… I swear I’m waiting for more bad news as an NC State fan. How much good news do we have in store? I mean i dont want to jinx us but maybe a curse has been lifted… Whatever it is i like where things are headed again. Goooooo Heather… I mean pack. GO PACK!

    Keep up the good work Butch!

  15. State Fan 05/26/2011 at 6:58 AM #

    “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.” Great quote, Heather!

  16. Rochester 05/26/2011 at 7:42 AM #

    The only thing I believe Butch really doesn’t know is how to beat the Wolfpack.

  17. Prowling Woofie 05/26/2011 at 7:54 AM #

    Wow – just Wow !

    Thanks for the link, and thanks for speaking the truth, Heather.

    I emailed her and asked her to please keep up the heat, as our local media was completely buying into the “Compliance by Ignorance” defense…

  18. blpack 05/26/2011 at 9:24 AM #

    Amazingly she is finally coming around. She must know something or see the silliness of UNC-cheat’s defense. Anyone see the USC appeal was denied? It is going to get ugly in CH. So be it.

  19. Bowlpack 05/26/2011 at 9:46 AM #

    I would expect to see more of this type of reporting from the media as they’ll have to create the appearance of “see? we knew it all along…”

    Perception is a powerful thing.

  20. TruthBKnown Returns 05/26/2011 at 9:57 AM #

    This is great, except for one minor contention that I have… why do people persist with the whole “they had a shot at a National Championship” thinking. Even if they didn’t have their suspensions, no way they would have competed for a national championship. What a joke. Even in slamming Butch, Heather managed to give them this undue credit.

  21. triadwolf 05/26/2011 at 10:17 AM #

    Makes me wonder if she knows something is about to break with regard to the investigation. She is not exactly known for groundbreaking reporting or going out on limb. Heather basically just slammed the door on any future relationship with UNC athletics.

  22. MP 05/26/2011 at 12:44 PM #

    Interesting thought, triadwolf. It struck me that Heather Dinich finally decided to put on the ‘big girl pants’ with this article rather than the typical fluff. No better time to come out strong than if you have something to go on.

  23. PackHooligan 05/26/2011 at 12:45 PM #

    She didn’t even mention the tutoring nanny and widespread academic fraud prong of the investigation.

  24. Wolfy__79 05/26/2011 at 12:52 PM #

    well it leads me to believe that she may be in on something.. i’m assuming espn has to approve articles of this volume? i’m hoping the ncaa’s go top rope ultimate warrior style!!

  25. highstick 05/26/2011 at 3:18 PM #

    The majestic pine trees must have lost all of their glitter! Or was it just “yellow pollen” all along!

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