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 Reply
    9 months ago

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

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      I appreciate your skepticism. Do you also believe Dean Smith was the product of a virgin birth, rose on the 3rd day and is living comfortably in his resurrection on the 5th fairway at Old Chatham Golf Club?
      .
      You apparently were NOT at the Martin Report presentation when Chanc Holden Thorp told a stunned audience that Julius Nyang’oro had total autonomy to operate his Dept however he chose to. UNC Dept Heads had no direct supervision or upline approval process. Maybe they do now in The Aftermath but they did not prior to 2010. All the BOTs needed was to set up their scheme with Nyang’oro… was there a $$$ component? I have no clue. My source is impeccable.

  • Doug Reply
    9 months ago

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

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      ????

      • Doug Reply
        9 months ago

        Relax. Don’t panic. Not you. Fans. Triangle football is what it is. Lou Holtz & Mack Brown, at least in my memory, are the only coached that moved up to another school and made a splash. In UNC’s case, Tatum, Young, McEver, Barclay, Hickey, Dooley(moderate) Crum, Torbush, Bunting, Davis (can’t buy a HBC job) Withers, Fedora (maybe, maybe not). Another lightning in a bottle season would color LF gone for sure but it’s unlikely. JD nailed the D problem that is ongoing even with incremental improvement. I also think AD’s and insiders in the real power conferences understand the short and longterm situation in the ACC & Chapel Hill for schools not named FSU, Clemson (sometime or until someone lures Dabo away) and Va Tech (which its opinion of itself is vastly oversized) AD’s will never say such things publicly of course but THEY know. All it will take is to influence a couple of BOT members and a mere dozen board monkey’s to sell him or some other savior.

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          Agreeing that Real Football Schools scoff at 80% of The ACC; imagine what its like for ECU etc for the past 50 years? IMO… if LF cannot capitalize on last year’s Dream Season with a similar follow-up this year, then any moves would be lateral and hardly worth it UNLESS the NCAA Hammer falls which is soooo unlikely. And LF is doomed to a future of fighting Tobacco Road Wars that no one beyond 150 miles gives a hoot about. But at $3,000,000 per… ain’t a bad gig.
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          Bo Rein from NCSU to LSU goes on the “movin’ on up” List w/ Lou and Mack.

          • Doug
            9 months ago

            Agree on Bo and sadly he never had the chance to prove himself in the Bayou.

          • Senor Wences
            9 months ago

            UNC hasn’t won the ACC since 1980, when sausage wallet’s future beau was QB. That’s exactly why the powers that be sacrificed Butch…and the Chancellor, Provost, AD, President, Vice Chancellor… and now Boxill and WBB. Keep folks away from the MBB Banners.

            That’s all that counts.

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            Sausage wallet ????

  • John-Columbia Reply
    9 months ago

    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….”

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      ESPN / Skipper’s all-out-attack on anyone who doesn’t follow their political POV will amp up in the weeks to come. Thats another BL Guarantee.

  • JD Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Fedora’s market value is/was dependent on another scoreboard-busting 10+ W season. Will Herman be The #1 Get? Certainly, barring a collapse. LF “could” be Houston’s “get” to replace Herman… Another Go Home To Texas job. BUT, again, LF has to (HAD to) have an OMG Season and he only has one chance to rectify the UGA loss. Do I think he (LF) will pull it off? No… and being the King of Tobacco Road doesn’t means Squat 150 miles from Franklin Street.
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      If Houston gets into Big 12, Houston is probably a better gig than Baylor… but LF likely won’t be a top choice for any of the BT Texas jobs without an big upset in Tally.

  • Wolfdon Reply
    9 months ago

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

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Wainstein WAS made aware of it… but, of course, he was given strict parameters of what to investigate. SACS? Yeah, right. 🙁

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        9 months ago

        I had to send this one to my Navajo Code Talker, Clint. Even he had to Google SACS and then later add UNC to it to get the meaning.

        Wonder which is the most unrecognizable Acronym? SACS or NHTSA?

        You seem to intimate that the overpaid and egocentric Mr. Wainstein was as well versed at the political spin as FBI Director Comey is at Press Releases about Hillary on Fridays before a holiday….

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          Bre’r Kennel has always thought the SACS accreditation was the key to bulldozing The Old Well to smithereens. Mr Wainstein was indeed informed re: The BOTs and their wayward sons, but such was not on his To Do List.

          • NCSU68Grad
            9 months ago

            I was not aware of Brer’ Kennel’s violent thoughts and tendencies. He might need to get counseling if his political bedfellows get wind that he wants to “BULLDOZE” the sacred grounds in Chapel Hill. He may need to “up” his meds, as Hillary has done, to prevent a Wendell Williamson event.

            I personally take a more literary approach. Each of the perps in TGU should be required to a doctoral thesis on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous work….The Scarlet Letter. Likewise, each shall have to wear a Scarlet (as in RED) C for at least the next 20 years. Visible evidence of their culpability in TGU and Academic Fraud. PP Geeks still working on the computer program to recall their diplomas and have a Wax Sealed C emblazoned on them….

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            Those intrepid PPride Hackers ‘R Us deserve a plaque at The New Reynolds.

  • Chip Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Doesn’t make much sense to me either; but I can say that about a lot these days. Oprah’s popularity ??

  • PTH Reply
    9 months ago

    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 little over the top for just a few pampered babies, but it makes a nice cover story to deflect from those who needed to use such a system. I bet no one has the names of the FC’s or their pampered little tru blu’s.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      I agree. But don’t see that it deflects from any other elements of The Scandal.

  • Terri.Atlanta Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Thanks Terri. Unlike some who decry “KEEP POLITICS OUT OF SPORTS”, I have no problem with using “sports” as a medium for discussion of other socio-cultural-political issues. ESPN WAS in the perfect position to be that non-partisan forum with all its endless string of “Embrace Debate” shows 6-6 M-F. Bring on POVs from all sides and have at it. But they, led by the oh-so-sanctimonious Skipper (UNC’75) have totally blown it. Not only does ESPN not present all sides, it goes to extreme measures to silence any POV other than theirs from the extreme Left.
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      FWIW… rapidly failing newspapers could have adopted that same format – presenting BOTH sides – and preserved 50% of their subscriber base. Their radical zeal blew that opportunity for them too. Oh well …. here we are.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    9 months ago

    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 mentors was left out.
    The BM’s on IC were touting the Triumphant Triumvirate combo of the new OC, DC and HC….all 20 pages during the first half extolled the gathering of such a brain trust. Howsomever, during the 2nd half, circa page 36, they were being “clicked in effigy”. LF’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct could have been described as “Givin’ him the business” had Brother Ron Cherry been the ref. I think that DD had not gotten a “personal” flag before HE came to NCSU….so LF is in good company.
    If you look at the UNC Defensive Stats, they literally fell apart in 2014. Enter Gene the Divine. He brought them back, LAST YEAR, to within 5% of what they were in 2012 & 2013, so that little stat is still up for grabs. Mitch T got the most flaming….and there was a picture of his wearing a sign that said “For Sale – BR549”.
    As to your little TGU factoid, you have impeccible sources….however, I, as many of your loyal readers (who have written thesis on TGU) STILL believe that DES was responsible for AFAM as he watched it grow and mature at UK. Maybe he and Swoff WERE smarter than the Average AD/HC and got the two BOT boys to make the pitch and push it. BUT, it is really interesting to Brother Wayne Weldon came in and was able to manipulate it and watch it grow exponentially. One DOES wonder if he had had a LOT of experience in doing such at UK?

    I do NOT expect to hear of the Rolling Back the Stone on DES’s final resting place…..UNLESS ORW pulls the trigger (or has medical issues)….and the UNC BOT/Braintrust can NOT find a worthy successor. THEN, the religion professors at UNC WILL be tasked with recreating the miracle of over 2000 years ago and resurrecting DES to watch over the flock.
    I cast no stones on the UNC FB program. It is maturing and the WP needs some help….maybe not as much as in years past…..but ANY help is appreciated.
    BTW, the IC BM’s wanted the PackPride Computer Guru’s to do some hacking and find the money trail from the UGA DAWG’s Club to the Big Ten Officiating Crew as that was the ONLY REASON that the game was called so One-Sided
    I LIED….Has it struck you? If Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had a son….he would look JUST LIKE Collin Kaepernick….complete with the 60’s Afro. My BIL has naturally curly hair and is NOT of the AFAM persuasion. I have a picture of him with hair that long and he is a dead ringer for CK….as he worked on the farm and was tanned most of the time. The Beat Goes ON….and Cher’s moth gets fouler every day. La Dah Dotty Dee…..

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      DES did “suggest” that UNCCH institute an AfAm Studies Dept and his “suggestion” was indeed implemented. This latest info regarding the two loutish wastrel sons of BOTs involves the special “no classes” class; NOT the entire department. DES being the “Father of AfAm Studies @ UNCCH” is not the factor here. Once DES’ two acolytes learned of the “special class” they immediately incorporated it into the standard UNC MBB course program.

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        9 months ago

        Great WORD….Wastrel. Will work that into a sentence about Hillary…..
        Did you notice that “The Hat” with beard has a strange resemblance to Dennis Miller (O’Reilley’s buddy). Maybe O’Reilley and LF can do some gigs…..Wouldn’t THAT upset the Blue Smurfette? She might need the fainting coach in her private FEMALE ONLY potty if FL and BO’R were out on the circuit….

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        9 months ago

        Methinks that the October 1 date now takes on even more meaning….
        Don’t know what voodoo magic or Jimmy V speech that Jimbo did at halftime (maybe he pulled the Bobby Knight trick)…but it worked. Was like watching two different teams. If the Second Half FSU team shows up at HOME (which they SHOULD), then LF’s life is gonna get a bit more complicated and the long range plans his wife made for their Orange County abode better include a downstairs master for their retirement years….
        Do YOU have any logical answer for the following….”Why did the NHTSA SPONSOR the Camping World Kick Off game?”

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          I have no idea why … or what NHTSA stands for. Yes, if FlaSt is a Top Five team on Oct 1, it could be LF’s “signature W”. Other than that Oct 1 game, nothing else on UNC’s schedule affords that possibility.

          • NCSU68Grad
            9 months ago

            National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. NHTSA. They are the government (your TAX DOLLARS) agency that supposedly make it safe for us to drive or ride or whatever. They are the ones that are called in to investigate major incidents or accidents.

            They are also the ones that are required to make the Auto (broadly) Manufacturers comply with safety rules. When you get a recall on a vehicle, there is usually a NHTSA number or case file associated with it. You, as an individual, can file a case or make a complaint against a company or supplier and if ENOUGH complaints are received, then NHTSA will open an investigation. They actually seem to have more teeth and cahones than does the NCAA…..

            Now WHY did NHTSA sponsor a football game. They have a $29.5 Million Advertising Budget. They ALSO sponsor some NASCAR events….as well as POLE DAY. Now THAT is an interesting ad buy…

            You are probably correct that LF’s Golden ring could reappear if FSU is ranked highly and UNC dispatches them with poise and composure….

            LF still looks like a Dennis Miller wannabe…

          • BobLee
            9 months ago

            Oh. Unless UNC somehow gets back to The Swofford Bowl at BOA, FSU on Oct 1 is LF’s only remaining game vs “a for-real FB school” (now that Beamer is retired).

  • Porgie Reply
    9 months ago

    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)!

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      I can never remember which “crooked refs” are crooked for which teams. Ron Cherry (a/k/a “that black ref”) is apparently in the tank for whoever YOUR team is playing whoever YOUR team is. That has got to be tough for Cherry to keep track of. 🙂

  • Mike Chandler Reply
    9 months ago

    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 amended NOA with a big “You’re not my momma and you cant tell me what to do!” directed at the NCAA. It is doubtful the NCAA will grow a pair at this point, even though UNC’s response was a real middle-finger-salute to the NCAA……and to everyone they cheated or who believes in playing by the rules.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      You are correct on all points. This new info only reinforces that LOIC and general admin corruption have been ongoing for decades. … UNC will get hammered by NCAA the same day Hillary does a perp walk…

      • Mike Chandler Reply
        9 months ago

        As you said: “ongoing for decades.” I think the more critical point is whether anything has really changed over there. Yes, all the “rogues” and underlings have taken a bullet and gone away relatively quietly (as happens with all good scapegoats), but has the fraud and corrupt behavior really come to an end? The AFAM department was duly bulldozed under, but what are the odds that similar academic shenanigans have simply been shifted to new departments? Are all the 70-odd reforms and the new Chief Integrity Office that L’il Carol keeps crowing about genuine difference-makers or are they mere window-dressing designed to keep up appearances and throw those who might poke around off the scent? The recent Beckman incident seems to suggest all that recently installed integrity machinery isnt really working the way UNC would have you believe.

        My sense is that the basic culture over there has not really changed, mainly because they dont want it to change. Giving student-athletes a slipshod, eligibility-enhancing “educmacation” in return for their money-making efforts on the athletic fields and basketball courts is likely to continue, only UNC will do a better job of hiding all this (and not leaving a paper trail) in the future: even lying, cheating weasels have a capacity to learn from their mistakes.

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          I tend to agree. I’ve never had the slightest confidence in “Chihuahua” Folt as a capable administrator. Her supporters are likewise from the UNC contingent I have total disdain for – the smug faux-elitists Carolina Way crowd.

  • TomS Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      True… except if Houston gets into Big 12 there is no reason for Herman to leave. He already makes Power 5 $$$, so if he is playing in a Power Conference he has it all where he is. Otherwise, yes that gets LF back home to South Texas. He will need another season of high scoring Off at UNC. Did not see that vs UGA but is possible.

      • Senor Wences Reply
        9 months ago

        Herman will NOT turn down an offer from one of the following:

        elLesSyoU
        Bama (they run the table, Saban retires with 6 NCs; bathes in a lake)
        Texas A&M Eggies

        Without a conference championship game, only Oklahoma or Texas are “allowed” out of the B12 and into the Playoffs

        Like the Four Corners, DES didn’t invent the Paper Class, but he sure perfected it!

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          You give DES far too much “credit” (pun intended). Yes, creating the AfAm Studies Dept / Curriculum was “his idea” for whatever combo of reasons. Within that curriculum, one or more “no actual classes, just a paper” classes came into being in the late 80s / early 90s. These “classes” (wink, wink) did not constitute the entire AfAm Dept. This latest info indicates the origin for those faux classes were tied to two Trustees trying to keep their wayward sons eligible. The Basketball Office learned of these faux-classes and used them extensively for many years as “easy A’s” for players needing “easy A’s”
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          This new wrinkle in no way excuses DES or UNC MBB staff from participating in a several decades long “eligibility scam” for which there should appropriate restitution. Do I think DES was fully aware of this flimflammery? Absolutely.
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          Do I think an AfAm Studies Curriculum is Silly Cotton Candy Academics? Yes. Do I think an ever-increasing amount of current Lib Arts academics is “silly”? Yes.

  • Babs,in.Derm Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Allowing that you might have been a bit hyper sensitive to ESPN comments on K Smart ?? If Larry had worn a BLM t-shirt the ESPN guys would have drooled over him too.

  • GC Reply
    9 months ago

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

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      I was going to use “druglord” or “cartel kingpin” but “pimp” just seemed to fit for a host of reasons. 🙂

  • fayettewuf Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Recall at the Martin Report… a current BOT asked Martin – “who did Nyang’oro report to? Who supervised him?” Holden Thorp interrupted to answer that …. “No one.” …. You mistakenly assume there were checks / balances in place. Silly boy!

      • fayettewuf Reply
        9 months ago

        At every school I have ever been associated with, a class cannot be added to the catalogue without its being approved by a committee. I guess a BOT member could influence a professor to relax the requirements of an existing course.
        I guess you trust your source but this sounds fishy.

        • BobLee Reply
          9 months ago

          My source has been a senior UNC faculty member for MANY years. This info is NOT Top Secret by any means.

    • Blueghost Reply
      9 months ago

      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.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        NOT “EVERY”. Several of my dearest friends have served as UNC Trustees in years past. As with all such appointed boards, there be some among’em with extreme situational ethics and worse. Recall it was The BOT3 that ramrodded the hiring of Butch and tried to stall that glorious mess “until it blows over”. I can easily envision a BOT asking for and fully expecting such “a favor” for his son. Seems to me, woulda been easier in retrospect to just order a few grade changes.
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        And lets not forget NCSU’s notorious Trustee McQueen Campbell and the lengths that buffoon went to for sinister purposes with the Mary Easley Scandal.
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        The only difference between High Academia and Organized Crime is that the latter IS “organized”.

  • Cabcash Reply
    9 months ago

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

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Sure He did. THAT is very well-known. Exactly WHY DES did so went with Him to his grave. Until he rolls away the stone and returns we won’t know, but can speculate.

  • Chuck.GSBO Reply
    9 months ago

    “…. 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!

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      Thanks. Not everyone will agree of course. THAT would be a first. 🙂

  • Blueghost Reply
    9 months ago

    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.

    • BobLee Reply
      9 months ago

      I make it very clear that this does NOT change the felonious misuse of academia… nor whatever penalties are due. Do “facts” matter in anything circa 2016? Certainly not in politics… why should facts matter in this foolishness.

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