BLS: Larry & “Schultz’s” Faustian Bargain

Larry Fedora
BobLee
June25/ 2016

Weren’t you perplexed at this week’s $795,000 For A Walk-On. Your secondary reaction was (1) unbounded glee or (2) more holocaust denial depending on your allegiances; but your first reaction was WHAT DA HELL ??  Mine was….

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NOTE: With the dawn of a new day (Saturday), I remain a captive of waaaay too much Flagship Fodder. It is like I’ve been handcuffed to a 55 gallon drum of jelly doughnuts. The key to the cuffs is at the bottom of the drum. I must devour all the jelly doughnuts to free myself before moving on to other venues of abject human foolishness.  ….. But what harm is there in “just one more” UNCCH jelly doughnut ???

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…. (1) The Aloft Incident was no more Hazing than it was domestic terrorism. The Rude Boys did NOT strip the Walk-on nekkid and drop him off in rural Chatham County on a rainy night. The Rude Boys did NOT make the Walk-on have sex with a domesticated farm animal or even hold a lighted match while reciting the Greek alphabet…. Those are hazing.

UNCCH’s calling this hazing sets a ridiculous $$$ standard for what an aggrieved party will expect after the next actual “hazing”.  Not just at UNCCH but anywhere. Hazing is stoopid whether it occurs in frats, sororities, military, sports teams or at summer camp. It is also impossible to stop because society can never legislate out stoopidity.  Which is why we will always have liberals. Ooops.

This was a buncha guys ganging up on one guy over some alleged grievance likely involving a girl and beating him up with fists and feet. Maybe it was aggravated assault or assault and battery or whatever. It was NOT hazing.

…. (2) Why was The Settlement SO FREAKIN’ LARGE ??? Had the amount been “only $25K” THAT would have seemed significant and would have been a popular Moneytopic on monkey boards and around water coolers. The rabidly partisan rival mobs would have flung feces at one another for 48 hours because that’s what rival partisan mobs do…. $795,000 is A LOTTA $$$ to anyone not a sultan …. a rap mogul …. a drug kingpin …. or a really deep-pocketed Fat Cat. ….. Why was The Settlement SO FREAKIN’ LARGE?

…. (3) Why was there a $$$ settlement at all? Yes… the Walk-on got beat up by the Rude Boys but, by every account, it was no more than the scrapes and bruises following a bar fight. His “injuries” were so minor that he was back practicing football within a week or so…. and two years later he is still playing football. He did not lose an eye or ANY mobility to function in daily life…. or at a level to play on a Power Five football team.

This was NOT a situation where a John Edwards’-type would parade in a woeful “victim” wrapped in bandages to play on the sympathies of a jury. Plus…. There was NO JURY or even a judge. This was a mediated settlement.  In a mediation, both sides – UNCCH / The Boyer Family – agree to plead their respective sides of the case to a professional mediator with both sides agreeing to abide by his/her decision. I’m not even sure anyone is even under oath in a mediation. ….. Whoa…. Could that “not under oath” be the key here?

Was there something at stake that both sides knew was more valuable to UNCCH than simply a whole lot of money?  Money isn’t real to academia executives.  Was UNCCH’s strategy in the mediation that “if throwing a LOTTA money at this” makes it go away, then do it; no matter how much a LOTTA might be. The alternative to a LOTTA $$$ being too risky.

Remember this happened two years ago smack in the middle of Wainstein / Martin / TGU blah blah blah…. Four years after Marvin Hits Send.

Rude Boys Beat The Crap Outta Walk-On was totally unrelated to Marvin’s Tweet…. or John Blake Who? ….. or Jim Martin’s flub-filled report…. or Wainstein’s powerpoint show…. or Deborah and Burgess’ Scheme…. or Goofy Roy said WHAT?…. or even PJ’s crime spree. They were all straws piling up on the camel’s back in terms of The All Important REPUTATION of That Most Hallowed Institution.

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NOTE:  I think Larry Fedora is a very solid Power Five Head FB Coach. Given free rein and an unlimited budget I’m sure he can recruit/coach the on-field talent to be successful against peer programs with similar free rein and unlimited budgets.

IMO, Larry Fedora is no more/less  “a good guy” or “a bad guy” than his Power Five peers. Big Time College Sports, like Big Time Anything involves a great deal of high-risk situational ethics.

Should Fedora or any other UNCCH official be fired / fined / incarcerated / or forced to eat a rotten egg on the steps of Wilson Library for what they did/did not do in The Aloft Incident?  Who knows; but none of the above is even a remote possibility.  I’m more concerned with The Cardinals finding a new Closer to replace Trevor Rosenthal ASAP!

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Since this story broke, I made and received more than a few calls from various inside sources…. peripheral sources…. and my elite go-to-guys who know stuff aSchultznd possess Sherlockian instincts when it comes to connecting dots.

The theme that keeps reoccurring in everyone’s likely scenario re: The Aloft Incident is ….

Our old buddy Sgt Schultz bit Larry Fedora in the butt BIG TIME. “Sgt Know Nuuthing” took a $795,000 bite out of UNCCH’s secret cash stash because of how Larry mishandled the incident.

You may recall when this story broke….

Fedora claimed he never even knew about the Aloft incident until a week or so later.  

File THAT ONE with Butch’s saying I didn’t really know John Blake that well…. and Dean never knowing what Deborah & Burgess were cooking up…. and Rick Pitino saying …. and Art Briles saying….  He who lives by “Sgt Schultz” can also find himself hung by his cajones by Ol’ Schultz.

In truth, Fedora knew about it almost instantly as every micro-manager Head Coach would, if not that night certainly early the next morning…. and he took immediate steps to “squelch it”. Uh Oh!

The Walk-on was a Chapel Hill kid so there were those of influence around town who might be able to convince his folks to keep it from going KABOOM. A sound strategy to consider IF it works…. a very risky one if it doesn’t. This was “a didn’t work” time.

What timeline of what I knew and when I knew it did Larry give Bubba? …. give UNCCH legal admins? ….. give the Boyers ….. give CHPD …. give the media?

Did all these other parties know the real timeline or bought Larry’s version or did the latter first and then continued to even when they learned the former?

Once the original statement of who, what, when was on the record…. any later modification is pulling at a loose thread on a sweater or yanking a soup can out of a grocery store end-aisle display.

How valuable were The Rude Boys to the team’s success to risk a cover up to protect them?  Missing the Liberty Game did not even rise to wrist slap level.

Has UNC Football reached the level that “we have to let the bad boyz do what they wanna do or WE RISK HURTING RECRUITING.” …. The legendary concern of Trustee Barbara Rosser-Hyde. Also what Baylor was very much scared of….

Not equating beating up a Walk-on to Baylor’s raping coeds but as the list of who knows grows it WILL reach a critical mass and SPLATT.

$795,000 later – It is easy to say If Larry Fedora had only…. 

…. (1) Known darn well it was going to get out…. (2) That “cover-ups” very very rarely work for very long so it would be UNsquelchable …. (3) applied whatever degree of Solomonesque wisdom fit the scope of the situation – without regard for the talent depth of his defensive backfield – and (4) issued a public statement within the legal confines of Hippa – Pippa – Frippa et al…. that was HONEST and (5) did not impugn the credibility of his administrative upline ….. and (6) realized that the consequences of up-front honesty are rarely as painful as the consequences of “but you lied” ….. or, in this case ….. as EXPENSIVE.

Had the mediation NOT been settled whatever the $$$$s, there was the risk of a jury trial with witnesses UNDER OATH recounting who knew what and when …..

The Incident was never more than some college kids got into a fight over a girl.   It did not involve muslims, gays or guns.  No one was seriously injured. If it rose to the level of “charges filed” it woulda been easily dismissed with a small fine and some meaningless community service yadda yadda.

But…..

As soon as Larry Fedora and Sgt Schultz chose to go for the squelch…. He and The University would find The Road To Perdition to be a VERY expensive journey.

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  • 7o's Tarheel Reply
    9 months ago

    I may have an explanation for the exorbitant settlement amount. Turns out that wishing someone a Merry Christmas and extending an invitation to play golf are microaggressions at UNC. I guess on that scale of wrongdoing, getting thrashed by a gang of thugletes WOULD result in a big payout. What a pathetic bunch of snowflakes. Someone on campus needs to grow a micro pair.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      To be “fair” (??)… it has been pointed out that that micro-aggression foolishness came from a couple of low-level UNCCH admin flunkies… NOT from “on high”. Although I suspect Chancellor Chihuahua would likely support and agree with the flunky snowflakes.

  • Doug Reply
    9 months ago

    So what am I missing? Incident occurred and a player was assaulted (how?) by teammates, Coach told the press he found out about the incident a week after it happened, Player’s lawyer and UNC get together and settle for $795K. Presumably UNC now knows most/all of what really happened. So the coach is “safe.” Would the coach be safe if different facts from the original account came out in a courtroom/press? We’ll probably never know the whole story but if it does come out who’s head will roll? The same questions for the administration at UNC-CH which is culpable given that there is a ~$800K payout from the school for some misdeed against a student. The real question for me is what has UNC really learned since Marvin’s Tweet? I’d argue, not very much. Not trying to single out just UNC either as troubling incidents involving athletes don’t seem to be in decline. It seems that many schools and not justP-5’s, have run the numbers and concluded it’s worth the risk.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Most definitely an escalation of bad behavior. WHY NOT? Has anyone actually been punished other than Baylor fans wanting a Juggernaut… and a few coeds of course. … all just collateral damage in Big Time Football.

  • unctarheel1984 Reply
    9 months ago

    Definitely more to this than meets the eye. The money proves that. We will likely never know the real truth like we haven’t known the real truth of countless college scandals.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Modern IT makes it harder to hide stuff but also easier to obfuscate stuff and disseminate falsehoods. Academia, UNC and elsewhere, has a deep paranoia re “outsiders” looking in… which only makes outsiders pry harder.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    9 months ago

    Nice follow-up on THE “$ettlement”. Makes $en$e to me. Also is some poetic justice. What is the old legal phrase? Plau$ible Deniability? E Plur I Bus Union Suit? Or the prevention of a HC being cast under a large moving mass transit device.

    Having had a bit of experience in the corporate world with Mediation (Product Liability Stuff) and some close encounters (not mine, but some close to me) with the wild and wacky world of Marriage Dissolution and Other Matters pertaining to Harm to the Heart….you NEVER know how such is going to play out.

    But, your version makes a LOT of $EN$E. One does NOT want an esteemed HFC to have to perpetrate a Falsehood under OATH or to do his “Sgt. Schultz” imitation when there were lieutenants and other underlings who have deleted text messages with all the gory details.

    As a victim of the Cornflakes & Molasses Undergarments and also being left in rural stretches of Northern Wake County where one could only wander to a farmhouse and ask to use the phone at 3:30 in the AM and hear the sound of a 12 Gage Double Barrel being Locked (and loaded) AFTER you banged on the door….THAT is hazing. I might add that there was a silver lining in that May Saturday AM morning….the farmer’s daughter had the skimpiest nightie of all times and was in a close race with Dolly for the Mass Award. Hard to keep your eyes on the floor whilst Daddy was toting his Lefever and telling you to hurry up with that GD call.

    I would like to close with a book report. You recommend reading to your vast and far reaching audience. I received John Feinstein’s “The Legends Club”. Over the years, I have read a LOT about Jimmy V….most somewhat edited to suit the occasion….and SOME (by him) really EDITED for impact. This book was a CAN NOT PUT DOWN one. I did cry when V died in 1993 and have done so a few times since then. Now, 23 years later, I teared up when the story was told again. I also have a new insight into Mike K and Dean S. I know, I think, more about them and also have a little more respect for them. I have decided that Coach Smith NEVER intended for his “AFAM” suggestion to go VIRAL….but it was his “people” that kept pushing the limits. Something that has been the downfall of many….Jimmy V included. I heartily recommend it to any of your readers who obviously know MORE than a little about how the round ball was bounced here…staring with Coach Case.

    Can not close without giving a shout out to the Chanticleers. In Myrtle Beach now and drove by the campus entrance to Coastal Carolina. Tooted the horn and did my best rooster imitation….much to the delight and laughter of my teenage GS. NOW that makes me feel old. For some reason, the NCAA CWS captures my spirit each year. I hope tonight that Chanticleer does get away from the “Fox” as he did in the Nuns Priest Tale….funny what you remember from English Lit 201 and Professor R. B. Wynne (who was a thespian for the RLT also). Go Chant….

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      If Coastal wins it all … will you, BK and TomTheWuff claim NCSU is “one strike” from National Champions ??? It really is a Cinderella Story.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        9 months ago

        CIndy is STILL out partying….Fairy Godmother gave her a few more nights out.

        As to the “but for ONE strike….”, I will not go so far as to claim that title. BUT, if you watched or listened to the Doak Field regional that was played betwixt lightning bolts, one DOES have to wonder about what the outcome would have been if the Umps had called the game several innings earlier. The pitchers (both) were having difficulty in grasping the ball. BUT, the game is in the books.

        If you read some of the comments that Coach K said about the DES Dome banners, YES, we probably could hang on in Doak Field that was a meaningful as some in the lofty rafters of said institution.

        BUT, it would NOT be “The STATE Way”….

        Looks like old Chant done talked the fox into letting him out of his mouth to ridicule the other animals chasing him. Now, will that work next week….or have they, as V once said, “used up all their breaks?”. That was in reference to his subsequent seasons at NCSU….

        Certainly do have great admiration for Coach Gillmore of the Chants (9 X COY). Gotta wonder what CCU has on him to keep him from leaving….

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          I haven’t been following the CWS until yesterday but am aware of the high drama at Doak several weeks ago. I definitely will be pulling for CC on Monday. Certainly proves that at least with Baseball, there are a LOT of just good kids available who can play it well enough to become a team that can WIN IT ALL. Wonder how many Cnantys were recruited by EA or Fox? Coach Gilmore seems to be “old school… just a coach” who enjoys teaching kids and hitting fungoes. Wonder if he even makes 6-figures.

          • NCSU68Grad
            9 months ago

            $232,348. Ray Tanner, USC AD, is paid over TWICE that $525,000. USC Baseball coach, Chad Holbrook is paid $275,000.

            Elliott Avent base is $473,000. $30K bonus for making it to Omaha. $65K for being runner up….which would be where Chanticleers are now. Winning is worth $90K. That is $185k for running the table in Buffett’s backyard. Not bad for 10 or so days work. No wonder he was miffed.

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            You say Gilmore makes $232K at CC ?? Wonder what the CC AD or Prez makes? … Does EA’s gross pay from Frau count all those $100 handshakes from BK ??? 🙂

          • NCSU68Grad
            9 months ago

            Mathew Hogue is the AD….according to the CC Website. $99,853.00

            David A. DeCenzo is the President…..according to the CC Website. $167,400.00. He is listed as an “Agency Head”.

            Very interesting….but convoluted PDF format document has the FULL SC State Employee Data Base.

            https://opendata.socrata.com/Government/South-Carolina-State-Employee-Salary-Database/67f6-9d58

            The above is a Searchable Data Base….you just type in a name and BINGO….it tells you.

            You ARE correct. He makes MORE than his boss and his boss’s boss….but NOT anywhere like the ACC or SEC coaches….of which is has a superior ranking.

            I must have used too much superglue to hold my “C” notes to my palms….even Sydney did not keep them. BK will have to elaborate.

            I WILL correct a logic (too late at night) error. Elliott would have received $30K for Omaha. $65K for being in the Finals and LOSING…..$90K for being in the Finals and WINNING.

            I suspect that Elliott is probably making about as much as his predecessor, Mr. Tanner as EA has a LOT of academic incentives and the BB team hath done well in that area.

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            How do EA and Fox compare in $$$?

          • NCSU68Grad
            9 months ago

            I STARTED to include that figured you would chide me for superfluous info.

            Mike Fox, $260,000 with an expense account of $50,000. He also gets bonuses….

            http://bot.unc.edu/files/archives/MIN%20ATT%201111.pdf

            Bubba’s Contract is also in the PDF if you are interested….

            GO CCU Chanticleers….

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            I believe Bubba is close to $600,000 now. Not as much as Gene but close. Where is Frau?

          • NCSU68Grad
            9 months ago

            Bubba is $525,000. Gets 1/12 for any FB Bowl or NCAA Mens or Womens Post Tourney. Gets some $$, be them small, for APR increases.

            Chizik is $700K. He loses the $1.8 K (Net after UNC Salary) buyout from Auburn. It was Fiscal 15-16. He’s gonna be sniffing for more $$

            Debbie is $590K. She only gets bonuses for ACC championships in FB, MBB and WBB. Don’t know about present Directors Cup increases. Her NCAA title bonuses in non-revenue sports is very small.

            That’s it….

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            Expect Gene to move on soon …. He has paid his dues. Most SEC DC s make at least a mill now.

  • TheCowdog Reply
    9 months ago

    You must eat jelley doughnuts you bust ,brother. It’s the only way. Kinda like tequila…I want no part of it any longer. ;-/

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      I was going to use m&ms but jelly doughnuts just seemed more better. Hopefully THIS ONE ends my consecutive UNCCH posts for a few days. 🙂

      • TheCowdog Reply
        9 months ago

        PS.
        Please tell your techies we need an edit button. So’ to override fat thumbs.

        …and jelly doughnuts was what ya got, bro. No question.

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          Actually I have New Techies… New Servers… and will be switching over to a New comment platform (once I was guaranteed all current comments will be preserved / reformatted). I think the new program does have an Edit option. AND… a tweak to the overall site design that is exciting for those who are excited about such. … My Cardinals are in dire need of a new Closer ASAP.

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