Friday News Links(lots of stuff!!!)

Well it’s Friday again and believe it or not, UNC-CH football is back in the news.

Hakeem Nicks, one of the all-time great football players at UNC-Chapel Hill, played his final season in 2008 while ineligible to be on the field, the university acknowledged Thursday.

NCAA documents show that Nicks received improper academic help in the spring of 2008 from a tutor implicated in the NCAA scandal at UNC. The NCAA called what happened “academic fraud.”

Nicks’ ineligibility has not been widely known and was not previously acknowledged by the university.

Does this mean that UNC-CH should have to vacate wins from the 2008 season as well?

A Daily Tar Heel staffer was enrolled in AFAM 428 in the summer of 2009 and had this to say:

Harrison told the DTH the class never met, and at the end of the session, he emailed professor Julius Nyang’oro a 20-page paper. Nyang’oro was the longtime chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies department until he stepped down as the scandal began to surface. He has since been forced into retirement.

“I never once saw Nyang’oro,” Harrison told the DTH

If you missed this column from national writer Pat Forde, then you must read this entire link on the UNC-CH scandal:

History professor Jay Smith was part of a large group of academicians that issued a statement in February on UNC athletic principles, urging openness, responsibility and mission consistency. Since then, he has seen the situation get exponentially worse.

“Of course it’s academic fraud,” Smith wrote in an email. “And it’s a form of fraud that was designed (by whom we can’t say yet) to keep athletes eligible, making plausible ‘progress toward the degree.’ I don’t blame the athletes – and that’s important to make clear. Many of us feel this way. It’s not the athletes’ fault that they’re often being shepherded through a bogus course of study, and are also made to pay the piper if they fall short of some measure invented by the NCAA.

Meanwhile, Coach Tom O’Brien continues to make his players champions off the field:

Wednesday, the Wolfpack held its inaugural “Lift for Life” as fans and supporters wandered in to watch – Bible among them.
“When I learned about it, it was really quite an honor to be somebody who was an inspiration to put this into motion,” Bible said. “Obviously, the purpose is meaningful. It has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with reaching out to a situation or people who are a lot less fortunate.
“It’s an example of young people taking action. Not sitting by. Not letting the world go by, but being proactive in something that obviously is a tremendous cause.”

Please read that link because it is a great, great story.

The basketball team is getting ready for a trip to Spain and it looks like Lorenzo Brown will not be playing as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Gottfried said Brown likely would be able to play in Spain, and probably would if it were a regular-season game, but said there’s no reason to risk further issues.

“Our plan is to just go real slow with him,” Gottfried said.

State will play five games against Spanish pro teams over 10 days. With three McDonald’s All-Americans added to four returning starters, expectations are high for Gottfried’s second season, after the Wolfpack won 24 games and reached the Sweet 16 in March.

The coach was excited about the ability to get a jump-start on the 2013 season with the early practices and trip.

“It’s a good learning experience for everybody,” Gottfried said.


21 Responses to Friday News Links(lots of stuff!!!)

  1. state73 07/20/2012 at 10:29 AM #

    According to the Charlotte Observer UNC-CHeat is going to leave all of Nick’s career records on the books. Nobody in chapel hell knows that they have done wrong. What a bunch of self-rightous “holes”.

  2. UpstateSCWolfpack 07/20/2012 at 10:41 AM #

    Next to his receiving records it will say “*liar, liar pants on fire”. There is no way they can’t not vacate the wins from 2008. Bush at “the real SC” proves that.

  3. primacyone 07/20/2012 at 10:45 AM #

    I thought they already vactated the 2008 wins as part of the “self-imposed” penalties.

    Either way, I still would like more infomation on that $75,000.00 Range Rover Hakeem use to drive around the hole.

  4. rtpack24 07/20/2012 at 10:46 AM #

    Hakeem Nicks made an eleven on the wunder link test when he entered the NFL. The highest you can score is fifty. At ten or below you are considered illiterate. So Mr. Nicks can barely read and he not only gets into UNC but never misses a game in four years. Amazing!

  5. JSRy2k 07/20/2012 at 10:57 AM #

    You don’t want a guy to have surgery and sit out any time of year, even the offseason, but Brown being out in Spain could be a blessing in disguise. Our backup PG is untested, so the extra PT in Europe could pay great dividends when the regular season arrives. I’m excited for Tyler Lewis to get this opportunity!

  6. wolfpackdawg 07/20/2012 at 11:54 AM #

    ^ LMAO

    Bush at “the real SC” proves that.

  7. graywolf 07/20/2012 at 12:09 PM #

    More and more the general public is beginning to see that the Carolina Way is Cheat and try to hide it…

    What a bunch of losers and sadly they don’t even know this stuff is going on….

  8. Hungwolf 07/20/2012 at 1:48 PM #

    Clearly the trust and look the other way attitude the media has had for UNC is finally starting to erode. Media has got to be pissed at how UNC in every way shape and form has lied to them, withheld news from them, misled them, and flat out conned them for years!

  9. Sweet jumper 07/20/2012 at 1:53 PM #

    I heard a few minutes of David Glenn show today, and DG(or his fill in) said the news on Nicks means nothing–UN* has already forfeited 2008 wins and he saw a lot of those games and Nicks made the plays and set the records. He went on to state that he only wants to know what happens on the field and does not care what does or does not happen in the classroom. Wow–talk about hypocrisy and doubletalk!!

  10. Prowling Woofie 07/20/2012 at 2:30 PM #

    It was a fill in for Glenn today, though I’m sure Glenn feels the same.

    Love the “UN*”, BTW 🙂

  11. EdMar 07/20/2012 at 2:36 PM #

    According to ESPN “Cheater” Nicks’s UNCheat school records will stay but will be marked with an asterisk. The note will say “participation later vacated due to NCAA penalty” I like that, that way from now on everytime they look at it they can be reminded of all the events.

  12. JEOH2 07/20/2012 at 2:57 PM #

    I’d much rather the asterisk than a wipe out of the records…its a much more powerful statement…saying “yeah this guy got it…but not on the up-and-up”

    Brown not playing in Spain is better than Brown playing in Spain…Lewis & Purvis will get to both run the offense…in effect Warren will get an opportunity to play at the 3 much more than he would have…its perfect…

    Any news on any opportunities to view these games?

  13. Wufpacker 07/20/2012 at 4:16 PM #

    “Any news on any opportunities to view these games?”

    I’d be interested in this as well.

  14. Pack Mentality 07/20/2012 at 4:58 PM #

    Is that asterisk kind of like some form of hush money? He does have dirt on the current administration. Otherwise there is no conceivable reason for anyone to think it’s a good idea to refer to past cheating in any literature or record books. That in no way makes the program look good at all.

  15. blpack 07/20/2012 at 9:41 PM #

    * How soon before see an asterisk beside the 05 and 09 tainted titles?

  16. logarithm 07/21/2012 at 7:16 AM #

    I find it hard to believe that Nicks was the only one to play when he was actually ineligible. The biggest name and largest contributor, sure, but I’d wager others contributed to wins while ineligible and I’d like a list just for the effect. Greg Little was no slouch and was certainly caught up in scandal.

    I think another great thing about the Spain games is that hopefully De Thaey will get to play his old competition, or something like it, with his new team and get more comfortable with his role. I felt like he never got PT enough last year to get used to the competition or get into a groove. We saw flashes of what he could do at the end of some of those games though. I recall one where he had something like 4 points and 3 rebounds in the last 3 minutes. And he could never dial in his 3-pointer.

  17. choppack1 07/21/2012 at 8:25 AM #

    Great recall on nick’s wonderlic score. Unc has had several athletes with scores so low it was noted after the combine, but these guys were always eligible.

    I think a critical mass is approaching. Media is starting to ask where the ncaa is and why doesn’t the ncaa care. If they keep asking the ncaa’s hand will be forced.

    Regarding basketball, the trip is a great team building exercise. Play will be very physical. Last year, our team became very tough physically. Painter was a big part of that. The good news is that da thaey was there physically last year.

  18. GAWolf 07/21/2012 at 1:15 PM #

    Has anyone photoshopped the banners in the Dome with asterisks yet over at PP?

  19. JSRy2k 07/21/2012 at 2:05 PM #

    There’s reason to be optimistic that DeThaey and Warren will collectively make up for the loss of Painter. They won’t be senior leaders but we have plenty of experience in Wood, Howell, Brown and CJL. Which reminds me that CJ Williams is probably the biggest loss for his leadership. So my question is, who will be our heart and soul on the court?

  20. virginiawolf 07/21/2012 at 5:41 PM #

    JSR, that is a good question that I have wondered about and I imagine so has the coaching staff. CJ Williams was a natural knowledge, skill, personality and maturity wise. The new “leader” may not be a Sr, may not be the highest scorer/rebounder/assist guy and perhaps may not even be a “starter”. We have a few players with 3 of the 4 traits, but at this moment none have consistantly demonstrated all 4. Perhaps the games in Spain will give us a glimpse but I expect that the “leader” will not be known until we get in a tight game situation and someone steps up. Logical candidate … Lo or possibly CJ but I would not be suprised if Jordan or even Tyler end up being the anoited one. Does anyone know of a way to see games in Spain without spending $5,395? GO PACK!

  21. Wufpacker 07/21/2012 at 7:09 PM #

    I feel like if it were one of the blues traveling/playing abroad, all games would likely be available on espn3. For us, I highly doubt they’ll even televise them in Spain.

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