Taj Mahal on The Brickyard ??

Taj Mahal
BobLee
August09/ 2015

Oh, listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland, o’r hills and by the shore ….

Wabash Cannonball is the ringtone I use for a certain group of friends. Yesterday I heard that familiar chorus.  Looking down at my iPhone6 screen I saw….

…. it was Greensboro restaurant mogul / UNC BOG mischief Marty Kotis. I smiled an all-knowing Internet Legend smile as I hit connect….Marshmallows

So …. let me guess. The bottom-feeder faction of Wolfpack Nation are roasting your butt over hot coals and you’re calling me to bring the marshmallows?

How did you know?  Marty asked.

Marty, I don’t know everything; but I do know the knee-jerk habits of cross-eyed, mouth-breathing board monkeys regardless of jersey color. ….. When I saw you had DARED to offer a dissenting opinion about NC State’s proposal to erect a Taj Mahal Jock Dorm, it was inevitable that those Wuff bottom-feeders would have you in their sniper sights within minutes. …… they looked you up on the BOG website, noted your UNC affiliation and screamed UNCheats and that you were trying to divert attention away from UNC’s unpleasantness by opposing their most noble efforts to provide suitable on-campus housing for their aspiring aerospace engineers and nuclear physicists who also happen to play basketball….. how am I doing so far?

Pretty much verbatim.

I’ll remind you of the advice I gave you last year when it was Franklin Street lunatics calling your mamma ugly names for whatever the brouhaha was at that time. Those witless goobers cussing you IN ALLCAPS are the humanoids you avoid making eye contact with on elevators. They perceive you as a threat to the only shred of “vicarious success” in their wretched existence. In this case, if Gottfried can’t have the same shiney bling to bedazzle the semi-literate 17 y/os that rival schools are bedazzling them with ….. those semi-literate 17 y/os will go elsewhere for a year or two.

So this is all about recruiting?

Sure. All the millions “donated by private sources” in the ever-escalating Arms Race in Big Time College Athletics is always “about recruiting”. Just giving every recruit a platinum Amex with “no limit” with the bill going to his Fat Cat “benefactor” would probably be cheaper in the long run. …… 8-10 years ago it was Fancy Locker rooms with hot tubs and foosball tables….. then Gianormous Jumbotrons….. then Indoor Practice Facilities…..

now the latest “But we HAVE TO…” is Luxurious Jock Dorms. …… just the next Everybody Does It in the endless race to bedazzle semi-literate 17 y/os.

Weren’t Jock Dorms outlawed years ago.

They were. Alabama had the first one – Bryant Hall in the 60s; then “everybody” had to have one…. then the NCAA said WHOA…. and common sense prevailed for a few years. Fancy Jock Dorms went away about the same time as “Coed Hospitality Squads” (Carolina’s infamous Sweet Carolines). Every school that could find a dozen coeds without too noticeable facial hair was using that age-old lure in recruiting….. “to give campus tours and tout the number of Bunsen burners in our world-famous chemistry labs”…. wink, wink.

There are only so many of these recruiting flim flam blings so it is inevitable that some get recycled….. ergo we are now back full-circle to Fancy Jock Dorms. Kentucky has one. Kansas has one. Various other programs trying to compete with Kentucky and Kansas are hurrying to build theirs. If Recently Rewarded Two-Ring Roy loses another 3-4 recruits you can count on him whining about needing one (Fancy Jock Dorm) too….. built, of course, with “private donations”.

(NOTE:  I probably watch way too many HGTV / DIY Flip / Fixer-upper shows; but I wonder if these luxury jock dorms all have “open concepts and granite countertops”?)

Isn’t there a rule that these “recruiting dorms” cannot be exclusively for jocks?

Every Power Five coach / AD knows at least ten get-rounds to get around that restriction.

Doesn’t such segregated housing prevent the jocks from “mainstreaming” with the student body?

Well yeah…. which is one of the reasons the jocks like’em. REALLY – geeks, nerds, gays, tranies, Justin Beiber wannabees, yuck!  Except, of course, for those nubile coeds in those hospitality squads. Mainstreaming with them is Hubba Hubba….

NC State Chancellor Woodson implied this special $240,000/bed luxury housing would be an asset to the student-athletes’ academic development.

If Chancy Randy managed to say that and not giggle, he deserves a medal. ….. Marty, did your new fan club realize that your dissenting opinion (and the two others) did not in any way veto the planning of this silliness. The rest of the BOG approved it and 3-4 years from now the Everett Case Fancy Jock Dorm will open with a grand ribbon-cutting…. and immediately be out-of-date because by then other schools will have Bigger Fancier Blingier Jock Dorms to bedazzle those semi-literate 17 y/os?

I think they just hate me for even daring to question the project.

They already hated you for attending UNC-CH back in the 80s.  Remember my elevator and eye contact rule.

Is every Power Five school controlled by these Fat Cat cabals? Do they set the priorities that the institution follows?

Yep. The on-going mess in Chapel Hill is the perfect local example. They hide in the shadows and play puppetmasters for the admin fops.

Should NC State get “the Death Penalty” for even considering doing this?

For sure there are those over in Chapel Hill who might think so.   🙂

Are these coaches so desperate, they will totally prostitute themselves and their schools?

It’s worse that you can imagine.  I’m waiting for one of these semi-literate prima donas to order a coach to (1) eat a bug ….. (2) kiss a pig on the lips…. (3) castrate himself with a rusty boxcutter.   90% of coaches would be eating, kissing and cutting before you could say Final Four. 

If the “private donations” were, instead, going to further research in the actually important departments at NC State….. wouldn’t that be a better use of those $$$$?

Well sure; but who cares about Bragging Rights about life-saving research that benefits mankind…… Eradicating Mad Cow Disease versus Making it to the Elite Eight. Which is a more worthy pursuit? ….. It’s all about “our semi-literate thug-aletes whupped your semi-literate thug-aletes therefore we are better people than you are”.

That’s ridiculous.

Hey, how’s your English Pub restaurant concept doing?

Next time you’re in Greensboro, the pint o’ Guiness is on me.

Deal! Meanwhile keep asking the hard questions that others on the BOG are afraid to ask.   Keep “Trainwreck” Fennebresque from totally wrecking the UNC System.  …… ain’t NEVER running out of column fodder.

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58wolf kennel

Did get some first-hand info yesterday while helping my oldest granddaughter into NC State to become a Veterinarian ((and a free lunch). Interesting comments about the Thursday BOG committee meeting where two of the three people voting against the new housing asked no questions waiting until the Friday board meeting when press was present. Total cost is always max including having to replace parking lot plus new parking and road changes. Solid backing by all NC State administration. I trust them.

ultraviolet
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ultraviolet

Wait a minute! Who is on the UNC BOG? Marty Kotis?!?! Good lord. I wonder if Fgahnistan will grant me political asylum.

thailand
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thailand

That graphic is hilarious–hope the nickname “The Taj” sticks…… Remember my room in Alexander Dorm–had a sink and a rattling steam radiator by the window…..communal showers down the hallway…..But I loved the place–five minutes from math class including a stop-off at the bookstore snack bar for a couple of Little Debbie cream-filled oatmeal cookies and a Coke for breakfast on the run through the tunnel….. Left for frat row when Alexander became a coed dorm…..From what I hear, the boys in Turlington across the quad welcomed the gender change in Alexander and would on occasion turn the lights off throughout… Read more »

Roger
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Roger

It will be most interesting to see how the other non-athlete students are selected to live in this new Taj Mahal. What kind of favoritism will be shown–and to whom?

Doug
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Doug

Yes sir on DP. I used to have lunch with Davide from time to time at RJR. A loyal Wolf Packer. Just saw this announcement just now:

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP has formed Womble Carlyle Solutions, a service team that draws people from different practices — government relations/lobbying and political law compliance.

David Powers, the former vice president for State Government Relations at RAI Services Inc., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., will lead the team.

Doug
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Doug

When a column or commenters use the words to defend their school with phrases like Academic Support Program, student athletes, academic center, privately funded, diversity, indoor practice facilities, equity, level the recruiting playing field, student athlete academic progress, “Educational” Foundation, WPC, Iron Dukes, IPTAY, or just some other buzz words of your choice, I think what can really go wrong with all these adults with nothing but the best interests of their student athletes and their institutions? ROTFLMAO!

OldAlphaWolf
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For the record, for what’s it’s worth, I’m agin it. Don’t like the concept, don’t like the reasons, don’t like the WPC money going there for it…supposedly agents are swarming around players and the babes can’t protect themselves…

58wolf kennel
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58wolf kennel

BL, you’re missing my point. Don’t have the whole picture but more going on than just building “superfluous bling bling to attract 17 year olds” ( your words). It’s a consolidation of men/women teams on campus within a tight geographic area encompassing the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes under the Provost (housed in the Case Academic Center) as well as the primary eating facility (maintaining Anya control). It also honors the Womens’ basketball program under Wes Moore rather than try to throw them under the bus. So your concluding comment on what Chancellor Woodson might have said misses the… Read more »

fayettewuf
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fayettewuf

I was mistaken. There is a thread about the 49% basketball dorm on the first page of the sports message board on Packpride. There were 27 replies when I looked a few minutes ago and some indeed point out where the dissenters were educated. Of course it is a transparent scheme to aid recruiting. What is a chancellor to do though? The Wolfpack Club says we will build a pricey dorm for the school, but you have to sell it to the powers that be.

58wolf kennel
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58wolf kennel

Was not at BOG meeting to hear presentation or questions/answers. Don’t know project details which are only now going to be studied. I like the concept for both Men’s/Women’s teams plus mixed use. Great location, however, next to Case Academic Center and may even be enjoined. That’s also where all students eat, and the Dail offices/ practice facilities are close as well as Reynolds offices/practice facilities. Cost seems a little high but is a limit and could even include some fix-up work on Case. I had been in previous BOG meetings years ago when Carolina alumni asked questions why NC… Read more »

TheCowdog
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TheCowdog

BL:
“He is as far from…UNC sympathizer…”

OK. Marty needs grow a bigger pair, then. Maybe he’s the Huckleberry to step up in TRBK’s search of the “voice.”

Are BOG members unable to speak opinion on matters other than why my WPC dollar should not be used to build new housing for 49/51 of the NCSU student populace?

Richard
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Richard

It is astounding to me that only three BOG members (Kotis, Webb, and Goolsby) had the good sense to vote against this nonsense. Have we learned nothing from the UNC scandal? Once again, the tail is wagging the dog and athletics trumps education. This current BOG continues to embarrass themselves and the legislature which appointed them.

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NCSU68Grad

WOW…..news travels fast. I even heard the explosion after the BOG vote out here in Yellowstone NP. Make Old Faithful look like a pygmy we-weeing while laying on his back. And the response, was, as expected. Technically, this is NOT the first All Jock Dorm. Berry (of Berry, Beckton and Bagwell fame) was the first. It was ruled by the PA Jocks that played for EE. The pecking order was a little fuzzy, but Pete Falzorano (SP?) and Chucky-the-CHEST were two of the “semi-elected” rulers of the basement and the 1st floor. It was NOT a pure Jock (no Jockettes… Read more »

TheCowdog
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TheCowdog

Good piece, BL…good piece.

Do you know how she/he might have cast the vote 6 years ago, say…UNCCH needed a little bit more? Would Marty be so naive at that time?

I think we both know the answer. Besides. Where is his voice on , ya know., TGU? Hands tied by new “rules?”

If someone is on his ass…so be it . Hopefully, not in the form of threat, that is.

Tell him to unpussyfie hisself.

wolfdon
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wolfdon

But..But..But…..there will be more academic students than jocks in the dorm, doesn’t that make it an academic scandal, er, endeavor? Where have i heard that before…….

fayettewuf
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fayettewuf

The butt roasting is news to me. Honestly I do not religiously read the Packpride sports message board, so I am not as well informed as you. So to see a thread about the uproar about Kotis’ dissention, I clicked and skimmed the first page thread titles. There is the ever present Scandal thread, one about the late Frank Gifford, a couple about recruit who signed, another probably about UNC but did not see a word about a dissenting vote on the Jock Dorm. Is the mouth frothing on the Rivals site? It seems to have escaped Packpride’s attention or… Read more »

Allen W. Smothers
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More brilliance from Ol’ BobLee… Thug-aletes, board monkees & fat cat cabals… Isn’t that all that college athletic departments care about these days!?! What I’m SHOCKED by is “your friend Marty” is SHOCKED by all this… Doesn’t she understand that its all those board-monkees and sychophant true-blues have to live for???