Larry Fedora’s Brass Ring Season…. PLUS

Brass Ring
BobLee
September05/ 2016

Is Larry Fedora’s Brass Ring Season already imperiled? Does the ascending career of “the barber’s son from College Station” now come down to October 1st on the hallowed greensward of Doak-Campbell Stdium?

NOTE: Trudge thru this early silly crap. There is an OMG re: The Great Unpleasantness waiting for yoBearded Fedorau down below…

Will that outcome on October 1 determine if Larry Fedora becomes a Top Tier Coach at a For Real Football School ….. or simply a well-paid pretender at one of innumerable “sleeping giants”.

Was “Larry losing it” on the sidelines Saturday…. coupled with his bungling of Beckman-gate evidence of a frantic desire to impress The Big Boys of College Football?

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A prominent UNC Insider asked me this weekend why Fedora hasn’t seemed to “catch on” with the UNC fan base.  He noted several reasons including UNCCH’s 65% coed ratio… the overt “Liberal thing”… the “aluminum thing”… TGU… “the Times”… et al.

IF that is the case… I credit “the times” with all the other factors being part of it.  I mean no aspersions to Fedora at all; but, like The Butcher, he doesn’t know – or much care – how many Choos in Choo Choo.  Unlike Basketball, UNC FB is no truly ambitious coach’s “dream job”.  That can be said for 75% of ACC FB gigs.  They are “nice prom dates” but you don’t marry them.

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Could a questionable official’s call on a lineman downfield be the nail lost in a shoe that …. and …. and …. and …. and determines the forseeable future of a man… a program… an embattled institution… a backfence rivalry… at least two Power 5 conferences… yea verily perhaps the future of College Football As We Know It ??? …. OK… maybe not quite that significant. …. I need to switch to decaff for my 2nd cup. Ya think?

Did Saturday’s albeit respectable loss to Georgia – the 2nd in two years, on Opening Day, on national TV, to “an SEC power” – coupled with a bowl game rout by a Big 12 power – tell the Powers That Be in College Football’s Pantheon that Larry Fedora is simply a very good coach …. at the AAA level.

BUT NOT a man capable of handling the reins of a Really Big Time Program?

The Miracle of Hattiesburg showed he could win in the hinterlands. His past several years beating up on the whozits of the Cupcake Division of a Basketball Conference showed he can take his’n and beat their’n. When both his’n and their’n are 3-star leftovers after the Big Boys have feasted on the Biggest – Strongest – Fastest. ….. BUT can Larry Fedora go week-after-week-after-week against The Nicks and The Urbans and ….. prevail?

Is a Big Time Program willing to gamble $5,000,000 per…. when the record shows Larry has yet to Win A Big One? Can Larry fill 100,000 seats six times a Fall when he can’t even fill 60,000 amid the lofty pines?

Fat Cats from LSU, aTm, Baylor, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, maybe even Oklahoma could all be on the prowl within the next few weeks.   How many “short lists”, if any, will include Larry Fedora?

Despite UNC’s Blue Zoners willing to throw their trust fund bucks at Indoor Practice Facilities and lockerrooms so blingy they would make a pimp blush…. When a Fedora-led team steps out into the Bright Lights of a Big Stage, history shows they cower…  and come up short.  Scoreboards Don’t Lie.

Will “the barber’s son from College Station” be content to labor forever in the shadows… playing local rivals equally destined (and desperate) for unrequited glories.

When The Football Gods gather to relive Great Moments, neither TA’s knee, Gio’s Punt Return nor Spurrier’s Scoreboard Picture get mentioned. There’s a reason why.

Is “beating State & Duke more often that not” enough for Larry?  That choice – alas – is not Larry’s to make.

But BobLee what about “his long term contract”?  Silly rabbits.  A “long term contract” is no more an obstacle to a Real Football School’s Fat Cat than “eligibility” was for UNC MBBers for twenty years. If they want him… they will come and take him. ….. The question is:

Q:  Will a For Real Football School WANT Larry Fedora?

A:  Not until he proves he can look into the Brightest of Light…. and not blink.

October 1 in Doak-Campbell is Fedora’s only remaining chance in the forseeable future to prove he can do THAT.

Stay tuned.

 

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I promised you a heretofore not widely-known factoid about The Great Unpleasantness i.e. TGU….

Anyone reading this considers him / her / it’s self an expert on all things TGU. OK, you can’t spell Nygang’oro correctly but you are solidly dug-in on whichever side you are aligned with. You know what you know and you know that must be The Truth because you know it…. BUT did you know that:

UNCCH’s AfAm paper-class scam was NOT created… as a jock eligibility scam.

WHAT you scream! Heresy! Sacrilege! Off with the head of the Internet Infidel…. CHILL all you trigger-happy knee-jerking lynch mobbers.

I said “was not created for” that specific purpose. Certainly it WAS EMPLOYED extensively as a (dumb or simply lazy) jock eligibility scam for most of those 20+ years… and whatever “rot in the fiery pits of Hell” restitution is due for that malfeasance is indeed due and payable…

The AfAm paper classes were created because two members of the UNC Board of Trustees in the late 80s had wayward sons who were wastrel louts teetering on the brink of academic dismissal from their daddies’ hallowed alma mater. The willing victims of way too much Fraternal frivolity….

The AfAm paper classes were instituted at the insistence of two UNC Trustees’ to save their loutish sons’ sorry asses with undeserved credits.

Now… within a year or so, news of the bogus courses became common knowledge and were quickly employed by the notorious duo of Deborah Crowder and Burgess Swain for Dean’s less academically-inclined student-athletes…. and the rest will be a part of Damn Dan Kane’s obituary and the grist for countless scandal mills for eternity and beyond.

 

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Paul FinebaumI assume you all have heard about ESPN’s latest jack-booted thuggery. Last week Paul Finebaum – the face of  ESPN’s SEC Network – dared to question the legitimacy of Colin Kaepernick’s Star Spangled martydom. Finebaum dared comment on-air whether police brutality against blacks was as epidemic in America as Kaepernick claimed.

 

WHAMMO! …. ESPN’s radical left-wing zealot CEO John Skipper (UNC’75) immediately dispatched his John Skipper ESPNjack- booted enforcers to Finebaum’s SEC studio in Charlotte …. and within 48 hours a humbled contrite Paul Finebaum mouthed an on-air apology for his sacrilege.  …. while blinking in Morse Code – Skipper threatened my family.

Let no one dare to question ESPN’s (and John Skipper’s) savage mockery of freedom of speech and journalistic integrity. This sort of unmitigated crap will increase exponentially in the weeks / months to come.

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WJB

NO WAY that BOT scheme could have taken place. Way too many checks & balances to pull off something like that.

Doug
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Doug

Everyone can stop hoarding cans of Chef Boyardee. Life will go on.

John-Columbia
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John-Columbia

It sure didn’t take ESPN / Skipper long to eviscerate that USA Hockey coach for his comments about respecting the National Anthem. Another BL “I told you so….”

JD
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JD

The Tar Heels aren’t going to beat any top team until they figure out how to stop the other teams ground game. FSU’s Cook will amass 300 yards rushing if the coaches let him. Playing fast on offense doesn’t make you a genius either. Fedora is no upgrade from Kevin Sumlin for A&M so I don’t see him going anywhere else. The bidding war will be for Herman from Houston.

Wolfdon
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Wolfdon

Wonder if this was brought to the attention of SACS, since it was solely related to academics ? I think I know the answer .

Chip
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Chip

I can see the logic behind BOT fat cat Baxter Hatcher Thatcher III pushing a bogus curriculum so drunk, fat and stupid Delta House brother Baxter Hatcher Thatcher IV can graduate but Af/Am?! Those are two things that go together like concrete swim fins.

PTH
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PTH

I don’t know what to think of the 2 Fat Cats starting “paper class” good grades for no work. Would it not have been as easier for the FC’s to intimidate the professors, department heads etc. into just passing the the” little turds” rather than devising a system of paper classes? Why would they have needed to have done that if they had the power to make something like this happen? Either way is as corrupt as the other, the same pressure would have been needed, seems to me, creating a system of free grades for no work, is a… Read more »

Terri.Atlanta
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Terri.Atlanta

BL; when you first started pointing out ESPN / John Skipper (UNC’75) blatant political bias a year or so ago; I thought you were going a bit overboard with your own acknowledged bias… but it did get me to start noticing. You are so right-on. This latest heavy-handed crap with Finebaum is unbelievable. And I’m sure you are right…. we ain’t seen nothing yet. Thanks for alerting us.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Interesting take, BL: Often wondered about the “Brass Ring”. Wiki has a good explanation. It was also used in a BareNaked Ladies song about “getting fitted for a brass ring” which had the meaning of continuing to strive for success. Maybe LF WILL get one. Don’t know. Babs nailed it. The ESPN TH’s obviously had numerous thrills running up (or down?) their legs during the game. All that was missing was the factoid of Kirby’s former GF’s and as to whether any of them now feel the need for a TG Potty. Little about him and his stellar history and… Read more »

Porgie
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I guess Fedora can always claim that bearded guy was not him coaching the game. But the visor was the giveaway. Looks like that Chief Integrity slot needs to be re-evaluted. Would not call the TGU a LOIC because it surely appears as though someone was ‘in control’. One of the diehards in the neighborhood is blaming it on the trefs. I usually blame loses on the refs too because if they had just not shown up, we would not have been able to play and subsequently lose (or win either)!

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Mike Chandler

The BOT twist is an interesting one, but would seem to matter little other than reinforcing the idea that ethically dubious “irregularities” took place at UNC on a “regular” basis. As to punishments, I now believe UNC will not receive any sort of punishment that fits the outrageous scope and duration of the fraud. The NCAA tipped their hand when they issued the ridiculously watered-down amended NOA: they simply have no desire to seriously sanction UNC and, like UNC, they just want it all to “go away”. Sensing this total lack of cojones, UNC felt emboldened to respond to the… Read more »

TomS
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TomS

The wildcard gig for Fedora could be Univ Houston if Herman gets BT offer he can’t refuse. Especially if Houston gets into Big 12.

Babs,in.Derm
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Babs,in.Derm

I have to say that playing UGA in the GA Dome and NOT being from the SEC can be unnerving. Our defense all but shut them down. I was disappointed that when we made headway on offense, we continued to penalize ourselves right out of any gains we made. The game was closer than the score showed at the end, but UNC beat themselves.
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All the ESPN announcers could talk about was GA’s new coach. They, quite literally, were drooling over him.

GC
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GC

“… and a lockerroom so blingy it would make a pimp blush.” DAMN BL. Another keyboard in the trash can.

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fayettewuf

I am curious about the claim that BOT members insisted that “paper classes” be created in the AFAM department. I really don’t understand how a board member could insist that classes be made available that only required a paper without red flags flying everywhere.
I am long past caring what the original purpose of an AFAM program was at UNC-CH, who first used the fake classes to prop up athletes academically or even how culpable Coach Smith was.
I really am trying to imagine how even a BOT member could insist that classes be offered that did not involve test.

Blueghost
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Blueghost

I agree with you on every point, but… “I really don’t understand how a board member could insist that classes be made available that only required a paper without red flags flying everywhere.” Really? I know you better than that. Every board member over there will say and do anything to protect their phony image of being better than everyone else. It doesn’t surprise me at all.

Cabcash
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Cabcash

Hasn’t yer boy Chansky gone on record as attributing the formation of the AFAM dept ( in part ) to DES?

Chuck.GSBO
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Chuck.GSBO

“…. they are nice prom dates, but you don’t marry them” …. as perfect a description of 80% of ACC Football as will ever be written. WELL DONE, SIR!

Blueghost
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Blueghost

The AfAm paper classes were instituted at the insistence of two UNC Trustees? I have been following TGU pretty closely and this is the first time I have heard that. Interesting tidbit if true, but it doesn’t change anything about the athletes benefiting from the eighteen-years-of-cheating scandal. Sort of like, “which came first, the chicken or the egg.” Who cares? The results were the same.