We all know that Roy Williams’ story is a bunch of bunk. And, his old buddy Wayne Walden has Ol’ Roy by the balls…and he knows it. Williams is essentially in panic mode. If he had as much common sense as he does stubborn pride, he would announce he’s retiring after this season.
Q: How ridiculous is Roy’s story?
A: I haven’t seen a single article from an otherwise gullible and UNC-friendly media that accepts his preposterous position. To this point, now even The Daily Tar Heel calls BS on Ole Roy.
The employees facing disciplinary action are just a list of mid-level employees — people who were obviously complicit in the scandal but didn’t truly have the power to be ringleaders.
Somehow, the University seems comfortable with the knowledge that a couple of athletic counselors, a secretary and professors had the ability to perpetuate massive academic fraud — more comfortable than it would feel acknowledging the reality that mixing a top research university with a Division I athletics department is not always a good idea. Perhaps that’s why the University hasn’t done that yet.
Students from the Black Student Movement and The Real Silent Sam Coalition stood on the steps of South Building Wednesday and admonished the University for placing the blame for the scandal squarely on the shoulders of the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies. This, they said, was a continuation of an age-old tradition of denying legitimacy to people of color and their history at predominantly white institutions like UNC.
Students were right to feel outrage. Professors from the Progressive Faculty Network were right to bark back at the University and media outlets.
In reality, this could have happened to any department. Any secretary could have been coerced by the power and influence of college athletics. And while Deborah Crowder and Julius Nyang’oro should have to pay for their misdeeds, they aren’t the reason this scandal happened.
And blaming newspapers for covering academic misconduct only lets the University off the hook.
Basketball coach Roy Williams might not have known everything about paper classes — of which his players enrolled in about 167 — but he knew enough to pull his players out of the classes when it started to look suspicious.
Women’s soccer Coach Anson Dorrance used faux classes as a recruiting tool for players who didn’t want to come to a university where they couldn’t also play for a national team.
These men didn’t have the threat of criminal charges hanging over them to compel them to talk. Therefore, can their accounts in the Wainstein report really be trusted?
It’s the coaches and senior level administrators who truly deserve closer examination.
I love this email that I just got from a friend:
educated UNC fans know he couldn’t win shit when playing by the rules much less at an imposed disadvantage should that come to be. So they probably want him gone to get a real coach who might x and o his way to a few victories with decreased talent. Les Robinson is available.