N&O keeps the heat on UNC: “… A Decade of Questions”

Andrew Curliss and Dane Kane have this time tag teamed the Tarheels and the result is something akin to a “rasslin'” match I watched as a boy on WRAL at 11:30pm on a hot Saturday summer night much like tonight. In case you had better things to do in your youth, you can catch up with me by watching the Road Warriors vs. Mulkey Brothers below. There’s more to this analogy than just the Road Warriors kicking the living holy hell out of an over-matched foe, so please watch the link below and humor me.

Watch the Road Warriors v. Mulkeys from 1987.

Man alive I miss the naivety of redneck youth. After reading the newest story from the N&O I noticed that the Curliss and Kane duo strikes again like a flying body block from the top turnbuckle. I chuckled as I thought about how these two guys have together thrown around UNC and the Carolina Way like the Road Warriors tossed around a couple of fat clorox-haired maybe-brothers as I jumped on the couch and laughed uncontrollably. Without trying to compare Curliss to Animal and Kane to Hawk, the point of the analogy is this: I actually found a taping of that match on Youtube! Amazing is this thing they call the internet.

It’s the internet that the UNC administration has yet to get their pointed little heads around. Everything they have said or typed, bragged or complained about, and done or even thought about doing over the last about 30 years is likely somewhere on the internet for all to see. Ultimately, it’s the resulting “foundation” of information that has led to their unraveling in a such a public way.

The information age has made a comfortable culture of cheating in Chapel Hill exposable. Simply put, while the transcripts of Peppers and Austin show at least a “A Decade of Questions, they also show two very real truths:

1) The first truth that is evidenced by these two transcripts is that UNC was gradually perfecting their “eligibility cheating machine” as they learned from mistakes such as the Peppers situation. Is that why his transcipt was shared with administrators as a “test transcript?” Hey athletic academic advisers: here’s a transcript of a “student” (*wink*) who almost didn’t remain eligible for his entire tenure at UNC. We can fix this by putting suspect student-athletes in upper-level faux summer classes before they even start their first full regular semester of college! (*wink*) These two transcripts show not only systematic cheating, but an ever-evolving system that learned from its mistakes. It’s that sort of evidence that throws the NCAA statute of limitations straight out the window.

However, and this is the huge “however”…

2) The second absolute truth is that UNC engaged in cheating for such a long period of time that it failed to adjust and evolve its craft of cheating on all fronts. Primarily, the systematic cheating engine failed to evolve as needed in the information age so that UNC could avoid getting caught by its own trail of documents, transcripts, media guides, and other bread crumbs of information that seem to be surfacing as a trail of betrayal and fraud to the darkest corners of the internet.

Like with most crimes, it’s usually hard to cover up all the evidence. And like with most secrets, knowledge of it by more than two people make it hardly a secret for long. In this day of information those two old cliches ring even more true.

If a non-technically-savvy fellow like me can find a copy of an absolutely terrible professional wrestling match from 1987 that lasted less than a small handful of minutes, then a group of crafty investigative reporters are about to beat UNC over the head with the proverbial folding chair each time the University, its administration, and its associates continue to spin easily verifiable webs of lies and deceit.

Eventually UNC and its Mulkey-Brother-like people are simply going to have to stop climbing back into that ring. Seriously. Even us State fans are starting to cringe watching you guys get body slammed repeatedly. Learn a little something from the Mulkeys above. Just lay there already. Play dead. Stop talking. Stop trying to fight obviously losing battles. It’s getting nasty. You’re a Mulkey Brother. The evidence you face of your wrongdoings and the people digging through it are the Road Warriors.

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28 Responses to N&O keeps the heat on UNC: “… A Decade of Questions”

  1. Wufpacker 08/18/2012 at 10:28 PM #

    I’m more of a boxing aficionado so I’ve been picturing a cocky “champion” (a la Ali) bouncing around trying to be cute while the determined underdog (a la Frazier) slowly busts his guts and ribs to chopmeat. But I like your analogy too.

    Either way, I hope Kane et al continue going to the body. Hopefully soon it’ll be time to drop those suckers.

  2. TheCOWDOG 08/18/2012 at 11:03 PM #

    Words to share with Ga and Wuf.

    The ol Coach told me tonight:

    ” I hope they don’t get bailed out.”

  3. fullmoon1 08/19/2012 at 5:08 AM #

    The Mulkeys. My favorite ringers. Btw there’s a great road warriors documentary on the net flicks with some golden footage.

  4. Wufpacker 08/19/2012 at 7:46 AM #

    ” I hope they don’t get bailed out.”

    There will be attempts, I have no doubt. Just a matter of whether those that are ‘sposed to be the adults really are. Seems the jury’s still deliberating that particular issue.

  5. graywolf 08/19/2012 at 7:57 AM #

    It’s time for the NCAA to show up and referee this match…….looks like a sure pin from my stand point of view. I WANT to be a spectator to see the cheaters go down!

  6. Cabin Creek Wolf 08/19/2012 at 8:15 AM #

    Maybe I’m wrong. However, I haven’t seen anywhere that the investigative team will have subpoena power. uncch(eat)’s been stonewalling this long, what makes anyone think that’ll change now?

  7. TOBtime 08/19/2012 at 8:19 AM #

    I’m not cringing. If anything I’d like to kick the abdomen to see if the small neck cut would would spurt a little higher.

    Harsh? Yes. Deserved? You better believe it.

  8. McCallum 08/19/2012 at 9:00 AM #

    I’ve been saying for years, and getting banned for it, that these type of degree programs are rubbish. I’ve fought long battles on ACCBoards (banned-> yes Bane u are an a$$), the BoB (banned), Inside Carolina (banned) etc pointing out in detail how these programs work, their origins and their agendas. They are generally victimology degrees (gender studies, women studies, sexual studies, etc) but at unc they helped grease the gears for athletic success.

    Now to the serious stuff:

    Bill and Randy Mulkey from Anderson, South Carolina!!

    And do you recall their first tv victory?

    Here it be:



  9. SaccoV 08/19/2012 at 10:06 AM #

    Carrying this analogy a bit further … in one GOOD way, the NCAA is EXACTLY like referee Tommy Young in this video … allowing the beating to take its natural course as the NCAA has ceded any investigative responsibility in this case (given their ‘findings’ from the agent prong). In one VERT BAD way the NCAA’s ineptitude to deal with legitimately damaging issues with a member institution is also very Tommy-Young-esque.

  10. packalum44 08/19/2012 at 10:42 AM #

    CD give a hint as to which ol guy u speak of. Don’t tell me you’re buddies with your old coach LH.

  11. groupthink 08/19/2012 at 11:13 AM #

    i was very surprised to learn that former governor martin sits on the board at art popes conservative think tank. it is my hope that he will be fair and balanced in his approach.

  12. Astral Rain 08/19/2012 at 11:24 AM #

    You can find a ton of old wrestling on youtube. I know a site devoted largely to 1980s stuff that I use at work to keep me up sometimes.

    The name Art Pope makes me cringe, as I see him as a wannabe Koch, so I doubt Martin pretty hard. Didn’t he have some stuff with UNC in the past about the Afro-American Studies?

  13. ppack3 08/19/2012 at 11:28 AM #

    That first (and maybe only) win by the Mulkey’s is absolutely classic. I remember watching that live! The way they brought in the other guys with masks on, akin to Thunderfoot #1 and Thunderfoot #2! The accidental pin! The aftermath of Mulkey-mania and their new bedazzled jackets that looked like they were made at the local sporting goods store, ala neoprene junior high football team jackets. Both of them looked like Larry Bird’s illegitimate cousins! Just classic.

    To the UNC scandal. This article has a great theme. The lack of knowledge with regards to IT and social media has led directly to the demise of the Carowhina Way. First, with the obvious oversight of Marvin Austin and his tweets. And, throughout this scandal, every time we see an incriminating link to a webpage or an on-line media guide showing more evidence of wrong-doings, UNC is one step behind in removing the page from public consumption. The question is, do they realize that there is always evidence of any of these pages left on their servers?

    UNC employs a lot of their own graduates. And, they all have an inflated sense of entitlement. When they are hired, there is always this pervasive attitude that asks, “What can my employer do for me?” And, if you try to fire someone, they’ll just file a grievance against their boss and blemish their record along with having said firing wiped from the record. It’s a horrible catch-22 that leads to inefficient workplaces full of gossiping, clucking hens that you can’t fire!

    I wonder why they are a step behind the technology curve. They’re probably still filing requests for the application for a form to submit a raise request to be approved by HR for the IT guy so he’ll fix the hard drive the houses the database on the server that leaked the information!

    Anyway. I love it. Butch brought his guys into the system that Dean built and they promptly burned it down! That’s your summary!

  14. McCallum 08/19/2012 at 12:32 PM #

    As a memory refresher for some, do you all recall the propaganda known as “tar heal talking points”?

    These points started years ago with el deano then would be often repeated by Woody Durham and in turn by unc players. The points were not purely overt but they were often in the form of a back handed compliment to any opposition which all tar heal fans would pick up on and recite when confronted. They range from the other team cheating(I told them he was a dirty player), referencing injuries as excuses for defeats (if we would have had _________ we would have won), lauding unc’s high standards (the carolina way), assigning the opposition with performing at super human level (they shot 85% from the field which is a school record for them) and finding ways to point out obscure “facts” among unc’s opponents which, despite unc’s defeat, somehow elevate unc and also credit unc!! (see mention of Joe Montana’s first come back as taking place in Kenan in 1977)

    All of this develops and builds a mindset of the sort which can hardly brook a challenge. The technology curve pointed to above has really damaged the propaganda machine. They can no longer airbrush Trotsky out of the picture so the best they can do is to redact the living hell out of everything.

    These are beautiful days men. A day late and a dime short does no justice to what we are watching. Like a thief caught they simply can’t come clean because they are still living in the old paradigm.

    All things come to an end.


  15. Alpha Wolf 08/19/2012 at 1:19 PM #

    In other words, UNC has repeated its lies so often that they believe them like it’s old time religion.

  16. GAWolf 08/19/2012 at 2:03 PM #

    Did not know the pope/Martin connection. Scary.

    I, too, saw the accidental Mulkeymania.

  17. choppack1 08/19/2012 at 2:21 PM #

    I think the big question regarding Martin is whether or not he will be added to the list of people in the system that can’t be trusted. We know that we can’t trust the following individuals:
    * Butch Davis
    * Dick Baddour
    * Holden Thorp
    * Erskine Bowles
    * Tom Ross

    I’m also pretty sure we can’t trust Bev Perdue, our Sec of State, and Judge Manning.

    The question is, who can we trust out there besides Dan Kane – no one else seems to want to know the truth.

  18. redcanine 08/19/2012 at 3:53 PM #

    And do you recall their first tv victory?

    Sure do. The boys in blue went down, and were too afraid to show their faces. Kinda like they had something to hide…

  19. wufpup76 08/19/2012 at 4:08 PM #

    “Even us State fans are starting to cringe watching you guys get body slammed repeatedly”

    No, not really 🙂

    “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.”

  20. GAWolf 08/19/2012 at 4:23 PM #

    I’m not sure why Judge Manning should be thrown in with that much to date. He’s followed the law a done the right thing at every turn. It’s UNC who has shirked his authority and Davis who has fought the obvious letter of the law. Davis will have to release the records, the only question will be who decides which are public and whether that process is legitimate.

  21. choppack1 08/19/2012 at 4:44 PM #

    Ga wolf – I outlined why I thought his ruling was a favorable one for butch on a thread in the forums. The quick summary: since butch was using his personal cell phone as his business phone, his cell phone should be treated as his business phone.

    I have no confidence in the review process. It is not transparent and will have more good ole unc boys involved than people who want the truth out.

  22. GAWolf 08/19/2012 at 5:03 PM #

    But that’s not the applicable law. The FOIA reaches to “public records.” It really has nothing to do with the medium on which the communication occurs. Rather, it’s the substance. Thus someone cannot hide on a private phone making public phone calls.

  23. McCallum 08/19/2012 at 8:13 PM #

    Something is going to break gentlemen. A bit of information here, a bit of information there and the flow only increases. The resistance is only in place because the powers that be realize it WILL GO INTO THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM. They want it stopped before it ever goes there but the wear keeps on.

    This log jam is analogous to the somewhat mysterious recruiting trip that el deano took to Rasheed Wallace’s home one day after winning the National Championship in 1993. Though not fully confirmed, it has been said that el deano had some “bowel issues” and unloaded a crowd pleaser into the toilet at the Wallace home. Clearly embarrassed after multiple flushes, el deano requested a stick of some sort to break the jam free. Nevertheless, the original unc bad boy was signed despite dean’s issue.

    Someone needs to be that stick and break this log jam free.


  24. choppack1 08/19/2012 at 8:30 PM #

    Actually, that is exactly what is happening. As I stated, the 2 numbers he cited regarding privacy- dungy and c. Rice should be considered business calls. Almost every call with exception of wife, doctors, etc should be considered business, I doubt manning sees it that way.

  25. 61Packer 08/19/2012 at 10:13 PM #

    Multiple flushes? I didn’t know you could flush an outhouse.

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