F**k You, Everett Withers

What more infuriating way to wake up than this:

“When you have as many schools in this state as we have, and the recruiting base gets watered down a bit, I think the kids in this state need to know the flagship school in this state,” Withers said.

“They need to know it academically. If you look at our graduation rates, as opposed to our opponent’s this week, graduation rates for athletics, for football, you’ll see a difference. … If you look at the educational environment here, I think you’ll see a difference.”

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/03/1614878/withers-spices-rivalry.html#ixzz1cdOo0pSK

Bask in the chutzpah, as does J.P. Giglio, in Withers’ complete failure to notice how strange it sounds to say such nonsense while the Holes await NCAA punishment for (among countless other things) blatant academic fraud. In that sense, doesn’t it seem like a 75% graduation rate is absurdly low? A full quarter of the team can’t graduate, despite having “athlete friendly” majors and rampant cheating that those same “athlete friendly” professors and administrators are more than happy to ignore. Then again, you wouldn’t expect someone stupid enough to give Butch Davis a game ball (essentially rubbing his ass in Holden Thorp’s face, despite theoretically wanting his interim tag removed) to be very self-aware.

As I’ve noted many times before, I received my undergraduate degree in engineering from NC State (3.6 GPA, four years with no summer classes) and my law degree from UNC. Without question, my engineering coursework was more difficult than law school. I don’t remember any of my “Public Ivy” undergrad colleagues saying that. You see, for all its other myriad faults and stumbles, NC State is true to its land grant heritage. We give people a chance to succeed. But nobody holds your hand. If you want to stay drunk 5 nights a week, or blow off homework and studying…your ass doesn’t graduate. Now your spot is open for somebody else to have a chance. Simple as that. What’s more fair, or egalitarian than that? You don’t coast your way through NC State, even if you don’t sign up for our more challenging majors.

It’s that smug, self-satisfied, rampant sense of meritless entitlement (naturally, Withers didn’t even go to UNC, in best Wal-Marter fashion) that makes us Wolfpackers hate UNC so much. It makes me ache for Saturday to get here already. Yeah, our program is in the shitter right now. But the season isn’t over, because we still have the chance to send Withers’ dumb ass into the unemployment line with the same winning percentage in our rivalry as his moronic, dirty, faux-Indian mentor. And we won’t do it with cheap shots, punches, or other unsportsmanlike bullshit. We will just line up and kick their asses back to the Orange County line. Again.

* As always, this screed is with apologies to the decent Hole graduates out there, several of whom having already expressed their disgust at Davis’ chicanery and the clownish Withers aftermath. One such individual went so far as to say a Wolfpack win would have a silver lining to him, ensuring that Withers gets tossed out on his ear immediately after the season.

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1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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35 Responses to F**k You, Everett Withers

  1. sockerne1 11/03/2011 at 10:05 AM #

    Maybe Withers can take a shot at the Navy SEALs laughable ~33% passing rate.

  2. packof81 11/03/2011 at 10:12 AM #

    Wow. The ink isn’t even dry on this ongoing series of scandals surrounding the UNC football team and Withers lets loose with this.

    Withers, here’s a soundbite response. UNC graduates more football players because they take easy courses and cheat.

    Oh yeah and where’s the independent investigation of UNC athletics?

  3. packalum44 11/03/2011 at 10:14 AM #

    I considered Kenan Flagger’s MBA program, but Magna Cum Laude in accounting from State with a GMAT above Kenan’s average, well I just couldn’t stoop that low.

  4. BJD95 11/03/2011 at 11:15 AM #

    Tedmag – did you go straight to law school? If so, we had to run into one another (I graduated State in 95, UNC Law in 98).

  5. highstick 11/03/2011 at 2:17 PM #

    Me thinks that Withers doesn’t even know what is going on…just like Butch!

  6. PackFamily 11/03/2011 at 2:17 PM #

    “I considered Kenan Flagger’s MBA program, but Magna Cum Laude in accounting from State with a GMAT above Kenan’s average, well I just couldn’t stoop that low.”

    Same here (well exccept for the MCL and Bus v. Acctg); went to Fuqua. Wasn’t a little satisfying to tell K-F, “no thanks”. If i went, i couldn;t look at myself in the mirror

  7. lupus occidit arietem 11/03/2011 at 2:54 PM #

    Could not be a better written spot. We have covered it all before but you are right. We are true to charter. Everyone gets a chance. Not everyone makes it, there is another place that works like that too…..oh yea, it is called the real world.

    Thanks for speaking for us all.

  8. Wolf74 11/03/2011 at 6:20 PM #

    At UNC-CHeats they print up the diplomas when the freshmen arrive on campus. They know they cann’t flunck out unless they just flat refuse to sign up for classes. That is the way they keep up their false image.

    The great thing is the word is getting around. I had lunch with a hiring manager for a Fortune 500 company the other day and the talk got around to athletics. When he stated “I would have a hard time hiring a UNC-Chapel Graduate at present because even though they may have a diploma you just don’t know if they actually received an education.” I was taken back but not surprised. People know that the academians are no longer in charge at that school and understand the marketing people are – Too Seem rather than to be. Fits perfectly.

  9. Primewolf 11/03/2011 at 8:11 PM #

    Great posts, enjoyed reading them.

    Would love to see some ideas on how we can turn our Wolfpack loyalty into more donatations to the school. I am still amazed at our low fundraising over the life of the school. Alot of posts on how cheap NC State is with the athletic program as well as academic gifts. How can we turn that around. My view is that the academic fundraising has been atrociously poor, unmotivated, passive, and lack of fundamentals (like keeping lists of graduates, staying in touch, and making phone calls. Also there has been no grand vision.

    I think the demphasis of athletics after V, has cost us a generation of loyal allumni that have stepped up to give.

    I try to respond to every request with some donation. With 150,000 plus living alumni, an average annual academic gift of 1000 would be $150M annually to the school. Now that would make a difference.

  10. packhammer 11/04/2011 at 9:52 AM #

    Poor Withers. His head is so far up his “Carolina Way” behind that he really does not know any different.

    Isnt’ there an arguemnt that lower graduation rates are an indicator of higher academic standards for graduation? Seriously. I say indicator because there are a lot of factors involved in these matters. But why does most everyone seem to accept that higher graduation rates are somehow automatically “better academics”? We all know that TOB saw some 30 players leave the program for various reasons over the past 4 years. Each case is unique but many left because they were not successful in school. So NC State pushes them out of the program. UNC? Certainly appears they just keep passing them along. We all know UNC was giving away credits and probably degrees in African Studies. So that somehow is a good thing? K.M.A.

    The one silver lining if we should lose on Saturday is that Withers stays at UNC. That will be just great!

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