The ACC Gives UNC A Good Stern Talkin’ To. That’ll Teach ‘Em!

In their announcement that UNC would receive no conference sanctions as a result of their recent NCAA rules infractions investigation, the ACC Infractions and Penalties Committee made a stern statement:

“The committee was particularly concerned with the actions of personnel who committed serious NCAA violations regarding impermissible benefits, academic fraud and impermissible assistance, and/or improper relationships with sports agents.”

That’ll teach them.  They sure will follow the rules now, after all that.

Color me surprised, actually.  I thought that they’d at least have to write a book report, after all, that’s the normal form of punishment for Tar Heel scofflaws over in Orange County.  Instead, nothing.  That from the conference headed up by a man who was so concerned about Clemson’s transgressions when he was the Athletic Director over at UNC-CH that he more or less demanded that the Tigers get an additional year of probation and post-season exclusion above and beyond what the NCAA had levied them for, with that punishment coming from the ACC.  Then again, perhaps John Swofford has mellowed with age and grown a little kinder and gentler.  Or maybe his heart still goes pitter-patter for his alma mater.  I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Carolina being Carolina, they had to get the last word in — as they always seem wont to do — and here’s what they had to say:

“As a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of North Carolina is proud of its long and rich history in what we believe is the ultimate blend of academic and athletics in the country. The unfortunate and regrettable experiences of the last few years have been difficult for the University community to endure, but we believe UNC will be a better and stronger member of the conference going forward.”

What jumps out at me reading that is that Carolina didn’t miss a chance to tout themselves as the be-all, end-all and that there is not one single shred of apology for what their athletic department, their professors, their academic support system, their coaches, and their players did: commit academic fraud with blatant disregard and not only that, turn a blind eye towards what some of their “student”-athletes were up to in their spare time: acting as if they were platinum-selling rap artists living the good life in the VIP section of a trendy nightclub.  Among other things.  Instead, it was “hard to endure” and “regrettable.”

If that doesn’t sound like a self-pity party, then I have never seen one.

And it begs the question: what, if any lessons were learned over in Chapel Hill as a result of this?  Well, besides not getting caught next time?


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37 Responses to The ACC Gives UNC A Good Stern Talkin’ To. That’ll Teach ‘Em!

  1. packof81 04/20/2012 at 3:48 PM #

    The lesson learned was if you can’t be good, be good at it. Yessiree, the UNC university community sure had a heavy burden to endure. They’ll see to it no scandal like this ever sees the light of day again.

  2. PackerInRussia 04/20/2012 at 3:51 PM #

    “what, if any lessons were learned over in Chapel Hill as a result of this?”

    Ooooh, oooh, I know, pick me!
    The title of my essay is, “If I were UNC, this is what I’d be thinking”:
    1) Using your personal cell phone for all work-related business, especially stuff that you want to keep secret is a great idea.
    2) Hey, that punishment wasn’t so bad. With a little more caution, we can keep up a lot of these things and come out pretty good in the end.
    3) Does the NCAA follow rules related to double jeopardy? Just curious.

  3. OldWolf76 04/20/2012 at 3:57 PM #

    I just puked all over my keyboard reading the response. What egotistical bastards!
    “Far beyond west Raleigh’s ditches
    is a place like Hell,
    where 10,000 SONS OF BITCHES ….”

  4. mikeak01 04/20/2012 at 4:08 PM #

    I usually use the word unfortunate when I am have to live with things that were out of my control.

    Not sure if it is the right word here UNC…..just saying. Maybe mismanaged / events due to lack of oversight / got caught up thinking we are better than everyone else / thought we could get away would it would have been better choices.

  5. swamppack 04/20/2012 at 4:13 PM #

    Very pathetic public response and does not match up to their claim as a superior institute among institutions. I guess when you are so superior the burden of being humble and apologetic during the aftermath of your own transgressions is only fitting for the lower-downs.

    “Proud” is the key word in their statement release.

    You know, pride is an asset to a certain point. Then it becomes a liability.

    It’s so fun to despise Xarolina. There’s so many reasons to.

  6. OldWuf 04/20/2012 at 4:20 PM #

    Who cares. Let’s just keep our noses clean and kick their asses everytime we meet them on a court or field. Oh yeah, and don’t hire their graduates.

  7. golf76 04/20/2012 at 4:49 PM #

    It is truly “unfortunate and regrettable” that the ACC HQ has no backbone because they are owned by UNC-CHeat.

  8. projectwentynine 04/20/2012 at 4:58 PM #

    “…and don’t hire their graduates.”

    Let’s be realistic here. They are essentially immune to this sort of tactic, as they clearly have the Starbucks and Occupy Wall Street markets cornered.

  9. PackCracker 04/20/2012 at 5:10 PM #

    So leaving your starters home while the rest of the team plays in a meaningless tournament in women’s soccer is worth conference action and lots of talk about the integrity of the game and the spirit of competition, but all the crap UNX did in the highest profile college sport merits nothing? Can the schools call for a vote of no confidence in Swofford so we can at least get another UNX homer in there?

  10. state73 04/20/2012 at 5:24 PM #

    No surprise here. The tarholes have always believed they never do wrong as the rules do not apply to them. UNC-CHeat has been doing this for decades.

  11. TLeo 04/20/2012 at 5:31 PM #

    That is pathetic. If the other member schools and administrations can’t see that swofford has to go then I don’t think they ever will. This meaningless comment from the acc and the self-serving response from the ‘holes is just sickening and one more example that as long as that ass is commisioner, unc will never be held accountable for all their cheating crap!

  12. Trey Anastasio 04/20/2012 at 5:36 PM #

    In non-Tarhole slap on the wrist news..Congratulations to Bobby Lutz on his promotion to “Associate Head Coach”…

  13. highstick 04/20/2012 at 5:45 PM #

    Quote from a UNCG grad yesterday…”UnC grads are nice, State grads are just mean!”. I promise you if she had not be female, I would have choked the bitch on the spot!

    This is why the legislature tried to cram down the UNC-Raleigh tag on us…If that been pulled off, there would not be a Red and White, just another school with a blue color.

    Ready to leave the ACC yet? Or dumb enough to stay around and get screwed some more? Thoughts of a basketball championship are enticing, but taking it in the backside more is just plain revolting!

    I can assure you Swofford and crew are trying to figure out how to mess up our new found potential!

  14. Hungwolf 04/20/2012 at 5:50 PM #

    No surprise from the ACC or UNC-CHeat. That will leave the rest of the ACC to watch the cheating heels. Lets face it Hokie, Gamecock, and other coaches were full aware of what was going on at UNC-CHeat long before the NCAA came calling. What we know is the ACC while being alerted to what was happening in Chapel Hill did nothing nor did it notify the NCAA. Swofford has no shame!!!

    Of Course, we all know UNC-CHeat has shown no remorse or apologized and will continue to do business as usual. They hired they right man for the job. You don’t recruit and win in Mississippi without bending the rule. Larry “Full of Bull” Fedora just picking up where Davis and Black Santa left off.

  15. Wufpacker 04/20/2012 at 5:53 PM #

    I’m Shocked!!

    (not really)

  16. choppack1 04/20/2012 at 5:55 PM #

    What have they learned? Apparently all of the athletes are now taking Portuguese.

  17. pack76 04/20/2012 at 6:20 PM #

    swiffer is an idiot!!! It’ll never change as long as he is Commissioner! We need to start a movement to remove him as Commissioner! BTW, you can’t drive and talk on your cell phone in Crap Hole but you can switch license plates and not pay your parking tickets!!!!

  18. projectwentynine 04/20/2012 at 6:35 PM #

    “I can assure you Swofford and crew are trying to figure out how to mess up our new found potential”

    Agreed. To think otherwise would be naive.

  19. NCSU84 04/20/2012 at 6:35 PM #

    “I can assure you Swofford and crew are trying to figure out how to mess up our new found potential!”

    There is a lot of truth in that statement. Just read DT’s book Skywalker on how the heels possibly denied us an NCAA championship with there off the court actions.

  20. NCSU84 04/20/2012 at 6:38 PM #

    “I can assure you Swofford and crew are trying to figure out how to mess up our new found potential!”

    There is a lot of truth in that statement. Just read DT’s book Skywalker on how the heels possibly denied us an NCAA championship with theiir off the court actions.

  21. NCSU88 04/20/2012 at 6:42 PM #

    As bad as this is, we must take the high road here and remain watchful. I see this as more rope for them to hang themselves with. Eventually, hopefully in our lifetime, UNX will get what’s coming. Let’s beat them on the field, in the classroom and in our communities. Their time will come.

  22. Jediwolf 04/20/2012 at 7:02 PM #

    Make the call 1-800-SEC-NCSU

  23. runwiththepack 04/20/2012 at 7:07 PM #

    Highstick, +

    when the privileged ruling class in Chapel Hill begin to think the steerage in Raleigh is getting a little too big for their britches, they’ll make arrangements to correct the problem, like they did with Everette Case, Norm Sloan, and Jimmy V.

    Maybe the deterioration of newspapers’ influence will make their old ways more challenging to carry out. But, TOB and Gott had better be a little more vigilant the next couple years. The N&O already seems to have begun a campaign of positive spin lately for the Chapel Hill crowd with cream puff sports articles.

  24. runwiththepack 04/20/2012 at 7:12 PM #

    How, oh, how, will Fedora seal the borders of our great STATE of NC?! We can only wait and see!!

  25. tuckerdorm1983 04/20/2012 at 8:19 PM #

    don’t yall do that again or next time we are really going to be upset

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