BL: Shake It Off: Life In Post-TGU World

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BobLee
October14/ 2017

Shake It Off: Life In A Post-TGU World

TGU – UNCCH’s The Great Unpleasantness… Duh!

Long before there was Taylor Swift… there were the Jesse W. Grainger High School cheerleaders. …Back in the day, when it wasn’t going our way and Red Devil dawbers were down… the cheerleaders did “Shake It Off”.

Betty Lou and Teena and Sue and Janice and Deborah and Dottie and Linda et al would lock their hands behind their heads… shaking their hips once to the left and once to the right.

Fans would go bezzzzerk, pre-adolescent boys eyes would bug-out and Very Scary English Teacher Ruby Crane would have a case of the vapors.  The Grainger High Red Devils would usually SHAKE IT OFF.

All of you with down dawbers after InJustice Prevailed… Shake It Off.

It might help if you had a visual of 17 y/o Betty Lou and Teena and Sue and Deborah and Dottie and Janice and…

So do I simply close the TGU File and get on with other issues du jour? Or… do the inhabitants of this Planet still need to vent, emote and otherwise expunge 8+ years of roiling boiling on an emotional Tilt-a-Whirl?

There is no shortage of “fish to fry” in our constant search for The Pent-ultimate Example of Human How-Comes.  There are The Still Kneeling Kaepernickers… October Baseball… Angry Jemele Of Arc… The Lonely World of Roger Goodell… Why did Linda have to die on Blue Bloods?… My latest favorite authors… et al.

Alas… We did not spend those 8+ years roiling & boiling to simply shrug our collective shoulders with a “so, whats for dinner” nonchalance. Nay, in the after shock of The NCAA DID WHAT?; there are new avenues to explore and innumerable “now whats” to peer down. So… lets.

It’s no secret that the vast majority of you are very un-pleased with what did not happen. But, you are NOT all ABCers (Anybody But Carolina). There ARE a sizable crowd of disenchanted, if not totally disillusioned, UNCCH alums and fans addicted to this website.

Few if any rabid UNC Board Monkeys visit however… proving once and forever There IS A God. I am convinced it is my frequent use of polysyllabic words that discourage them from visiting. Whatever… I intend to keep doing it.

There ARE some Blue Zoners /Lower Levelers who lurk here. They never think I’m talking about “them” when I am, of course, “talking about them”. It’s a Vulcan mind trick they do.

The basic mantra of a Lower Leveler is “I just KNOW Dean would never do anything wrong…”

When countered with “How do you know that?”… they look quizzedly and reply “… I just KNOW.”

FYI:  That is also how Madelyn Albright dealt with Bill Clinton & Monica.  “I just KNOW he didn’t do IT.”

These are respected(?) city fathers… sons of city fathers… corporate moguls… doctors… lawyers… trustees… members of exclusive clubs… guys who live in “gated enclaves”… longtime Rams Clubbers with single digit member #s. … men who would trade their granddaughters into an African Warlord’s harem for another BANNER.

“… I just KNOW.” Ooookay.

NOTE: It’s no coincidence that in Hollywood that convoluted line of reasoning is called Harvey Weinstein-itis Harvey is a really great guy. Yo Harv, can my daughter intern with you… please? … OUCH!

I e-chatted with ThatDamnDan yesterday. I used the Little Hamchunk analogy to describe yesterday’s announcement

In The Green Berets /1968, Colonel Kirby (John Wayne) has to tell the little Viet Namese orphan – Hamchunk (Craig Jue) – that his “Peter-San” had been killed on a mission… Green Berets

Kirby/Wayne: “… you always knew it could happen.”

Hamchunk/Jue: “But… I didn’t want it to.”

DDan has never seen the movie but thought the analogy seemed apt.

Moving right along…

Regardless of your collegiate loyalty, I DARE YOU to play this game with yourself…

If you are an ABCer… If this Not Illegal Eligibility Scam had taken place “at your school” in exactly the same fashion as it evolved at UNCCH… how would you feel about it?

Don’t kid yourselves… it could. All it takes is a pair of overly-passionate zealots with a cultish devotion to a messianic leader… and access to the right class files. Put the scheme in place… let it play out a few semesters with the desired results.  Those who could stop it simply “go ostrich” and first thing you know “No mo eligibility issues”.

18-20 years later those zealots are long gone. The current admins go Sgt Schultz and VOILA…

The rank&file TruBlues, WalMarters and otherwise, never knew or cared to know. Just “more Kool-Aid please… and keep hanging those banners Coach.”

IF… THAT happened at Your School ???

Maybe 6% of you would be righteously outraged and demand it be corrected ASAP. I expect to hear from that entire 6%.

The other 94% are CERTAIN it could NEVER happen at your school. I will hear from some of that 94% too.

To you handful of TruBlues reading this…

If this exact same Not Illegal Eligibility Scam had been perpetrated at Duke, NCSU, Kentucky, etc. how would YOU react to their circumstance?

Would you laugh and say: “Well, by golly…

“… they sure pulled a fast one on all of us for 20 years didn’t they. Gotta give’em credit for originality… Oh well, what’s for dinner..?”

Sure you would… ????

OK Folks.  Its time to Gird Your Loins for Life After TGU.

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Jay
Jay
2 years ago

BLee, I just got around to reading this column. I believe most college sports fans would admit that this could happen at most any Div 1 school. That it happened isn’t surprising, although the scope and duration and to a certain extent the school where it occurred was. What concerns most of us is what happened next. UNC never really owned it. Two years of denial, then admittance with no self imposed penalty, then $14 extra large spent to defend banners and trophies that are now tainted. In the process the school’s image is a mess, the concept of the… Read more »

RMDownEast
RMDownEast
2 years ago

True story- At a N.C. public university about 8-10 years ago 2 athletes in a non revenue sport got lazy during the season and paid a friend (10 each) to write a 2 page paper for them. One paper each, that is the extent of the academic impropriety. One athlete had loose lips and was telling someone what he did and an athletic department person overheard the conversation. The university investigated and determined that since the friend who for pay wrote the paper was a part time tuition for another sport, that constituted academic fraud. The two athletes were given… Read more »

BOG Guy
BOG Guy
2 years ago

The things I could write……but will decline. Should we encourage all of our institutions to set up a similar program at their schools, as long as it is open to all students? If not, why not??!! I think not, but it’s hard to deny that this might be a “fair” response to recent events.

JD
JD
2 years ago

If Kentucky or Indiana or Syracuse or anyone else got caught doing this, and received no punishment, I would be mad that UNC didn’t do the same thing. That is really what all the other teams fans are mad about, they didn’t think of it first. I just want to watch these guys play basketball not diagnose me with an illness when I am sick. I don’t care if any of them go to class I want them to go to practice. If they want to take phony classes and get meaningless degrees (like every art history major) that is… Read more »

JD
JD
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Truth! 99.99% of all fans care about the final score not SAT scores.

wolfdon
wolfdon
2 years ago
Reply to  JD

You cannot speak for other fans or schools only your self and your school. Interesting comment in that regard but not a complete surprise , long live the Carolina Way.

wolfdon
wolfdon
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Bob my comment was aimed at the original poster not you.

UNCBlue
UNCBlue
2 years ago

Dottie was my Jr. High French teacher! Ooo La La!

UNCBlue
UNCBlue
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Yes on APA. Retired no so sure. She was sweet, pretty, nice and made french fun for a class of 14-year-olds.

thailand
thailand
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

And Nancy’s sister? 🙂

UNCBlue
UNCBlue
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

My first memory of a GHS Homecoming Queen was Ann S. daughter of the famous Ktown clothier. All of our childhood was spent dreaming of playing as a Red Devil and being like Leo H. Dashed in 1972!

CPR
CPR
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

What a relief to hear from Thailand. I worry about him after having two acquaintances visit Bangkok and disappear. Serpentine, the book, gave me a clue as it was during those tears. Please T-land, do not stay away from BL Says so long.

CPR
CPR
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

“Terrifying!” Succinct, precise, and apt. You be the word master.

Colonel Batguano
Colonel Batguano
2 years ago

BL: You are familiar with State’s self-imposed gutting of the basketball program in the 1990s in response to our “issues” that took place the late 80s? That was State’s actual reaction to something (not *nearly* as big) happening “at your school” if that school was State. We don’t have to speculate about it.

Dr. Vinnyboombatz
Dr. Vinnyboombatz
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Agree this is true about NC State doing the right things about their scandals.
What I don’t understand is why they don’t get Dick Vitale to spout on the air how ,” NC State does things the right way”. On multiple occasions over the years he trumpeted the Dean’s myth (Carolina Way) lie on basketball broadcasts.

wolfdon
wolfdon
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

True dat to all the above comments!

ncsu1987
ncsu1987
2 years ago

Well, here we are. We “spoke” a few days ago about our expectations, and seemed to be pretty well aligned. We sure had it pinned, huh? . I can truly say that it never occurred to me that the response would be nothing. Oh, I know all about the pain and suffering this whole dadgum affair has caused, so many problems with recruiting, especially in basketball. Poor things haven’t gotten close to the Final Four since this started in 2010… 😉 . As we discussed last week, I expected the NCAA to offer some token sanction, something to give the… Read more »

Frank.Linstreet
Frank.Linstreet
2 years ago

“….. longtime Rams Clubbers with single digit member #s. … men who would trade their granddaughters into an African Warlord’s harem for another BANNER.” …. YOWSA!
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BL, you have penned many a memorable line over the years and, hopefully, many many more in years tocome… but ain’t NONE OF’EM gonna be any better than that one. As you might say … OUCH! 🙂

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

Jay Bilas has been consistent about TGU for a long time.Some recent examples from his Twitter posts: “What happened at UNC was awful. But, NCAA rules intentionally leave academic issues to the schools.” “NCAA’s COI relied on UNC to characterize Wainstein Report? Nah. NCAA did not charge academic fraud. Why not? Rules don’t allow it.” So the institution is awful and has nothing at all to be proud of by dodging the NCAA bullet. Fodder is ongoing and there are other potential bullets to keep the South Building occupied. As it turns out the NCAA is/was not the correct institution… Read more »

Dr. Vinnyboombatz
Dr. Vinnyboombatz
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Winners and Losers in TGU 1) Bob Lee: because this gave him plenty of column fodder for many years. 2)UNC Legal Team: because they got their guilty as hell client off from NCAA sanctions a la Johnny Cochran. Losers–1)ABCers: because UNC skated NCAA sanctions. 2) NCAA enforcement: because it’s ineptitude was exposed. (If they were going to let UNC walk, why did this last so long?) 3) UNC academics: No explanation necessary. 4) Any collegiate athletic programs that hold their athletes accountable for academics: again no explanation needed. 5) COI panel: because the inept NCAA enforcement tied their hands so… Read more »

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Agree 100%. As unlikely as it possibly seems, I do hope a group of fat cat RamClub’ers start making noises publicly and demand UNC to pursue civil damages against the NCAA. $18M plus damages to help the poor souls get their trust fund dollars back. Fodder trebled and at least 10 more years of hoots.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Well there we go. $10 million out of total of $40 million was donated to Carolina Athletics today. By one family.

http://uncnews.unc.edu/2017/10/07/red-white-carolina-blue-challenge-unc-chapel-hill-accepts-20-million-challenge-support-education-military-families/

I remember hearing an interview with the late Alabama AD Mal Moore. Can’t recall the exact quote but it something along the line of ” We never worry at all about the money. Everytime we ask for some, it comes.”

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
2 years ago

Have been doing a bunch of catch up items and our social and whatever calendar has been full….so staying up late at night to stay caught up for a trip to the mountains. As a result, too keyed up to go to sleep. EPSN provides a “Buzz” and I can usually drift off. Friday night, their crawler had a UNC label or section. Last night….NADA. 24 hour news cycle has ended. N&O has some headlines….. NCSU “Sane” board is really calm. It is more concerned about AD Yow specifying the conditions for Coach Dave from the Midwest’s LIFETIME contract. Rumor… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Certainly can’t argue with the “show me the trophies” comment….and that is a long way and a lot of Saturday’s off. BUT, one must have a positive attitude….I was at a Vette show at Rick Hendrick’s complex in Concord yesterday. Wandering around the displays, I saw a tribute to his son and brother and also his “10 Ten” rules of life and business. Optimism (Think Positively) was number one. Faith (God, Family and Yourself) was number two. The rest of them were probably what is plastered on must locker rooms and coaches walls. SO, I will focus on number ONE.… Read more »

Irondoc
Irondoc
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Looks like DD might be building a decent program. Probably getting us to the point of yearly 8-4, 7-5 seasons with rare great seasons. I do like his “mass kicks ass” philosophy where developing big ‘uns gives you the best chance for success when you don’t get top 10 recruiting classes year after year. Maybe this season will be special. We’ll see as there’s along way to go. We’ve got a “puncher’s chance” against Clemson but still have to get past Wake, who looks very strong, and BC. As we’ve seen this week with Syracuse and BC, on any given… Read more »

Ron Zwart
Ron Zwart
2 years ago

Bob….at least things are getting back to normal now … and to prove it the NCAA nailed NCState for having a freshman BB player GO TO CLASS at another school this summer So in true NCAA form they make him set out a year……..word is that the NCAA is considering granting UNC another BB scholarship for this infraction

ENC#1
ENC#1
2 years ago

BL, you are correct we have to shake it off many times in life as life waits for nobody. I never did think UNC would get what they deserve from the start because there are rules for most of us but not all of us in this life. I did however believe that had creative such an academic mess that they would be punished for at least 5-10% of it. . I learned that rules are not always rules for a small few in society as a young high school junior (in ENC) when school rules changed for two fellow… Read more »

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  ENC#1

I was personally not surprised that it came to nothing…but I was somewhat confused that the NCAA and UNC did not come to some kind of penalty just for PR reasons. Now when not as wealthy school XYZ has done the same thing UNC did and for example enrolls a couple of athletic managers as “non-athlete” portion of the class will the NCAA just stay out of it…or will they as expected throw the book at a non lawyered up school? The future will be interesting.

geek49203
geek49203
2 years ago

Uh, Bob… Obama’s daughter did in fact to an internship with Harvey. Not the invisible rabbit one either. From Vanity Fair January last year: “Malia Obama’s Next Move: An Internship with Harvey Weinstein.” . I keep imagining NYC parties with Harvey, Bill Clinton, Ken Weiner, and before he ran for President, Donald Trump. Cause you know it happened. But the quartet did have their limits obviously — Hillary is now shocked at this latest bit of news, as she was for the news about Bill and Ken. Meaning that none of the club put the moves on her. Gosh, I… Read more »

Hammer69
Hammer69
2 years ago

So, why did Linda get killed off, and why is Abby leaving NCIS? These are really important issues relative to TGU…. And the rest!

Bob Kennel
Bob Kennel
2 years ago

BL, best I ever heard was Kay Yow’s “swish your feet and keep on moving”. I’m going on record as truly believing TGU would not happen at NC State. That’s based on a few decades of experience, a personal relationship with many coaches and almost all the administrators involved in sports and academic support (BASE was not wasted), and some ability to influence the way things are done. Finally it depends on whether I would wink or blink at an impropriety in return for a key win —- and I would not !! Seriously, I don’t care where you put… Read more »

Tin foil hat heel
Tin foil hat heel
2 years ago

The one good thing about this will be the end of the self righteous moniker of “the Carolina way” which everyone who was really paying attention knew was a bunch of crap. And which is why the neighbors have pined so feverishly for our comeuppance. Now we are proven to be just as scummy as everyone else.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

If anything, they are going to amp up the saying. I fully expect to hear it more and more as a way to show their willful ignorance. To everyone else the “Carolina Way” now means something completely different.

unctarheel1984
unctarheel1984
2 years ago

Well, like the old saying goes, “when the only thing in your toolbox is a hammer everything looks like a nail.”

unctarheel1984
unctarheel1984
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

First, you are astute enough to understand what I meant. Second, I’m not TruBlu if you think that means I drink the Koop-Aid. Grevious mistakes were made and acknowledged and blame affixed. The error of many, maybe you included, is believing the NCAA had jurisdiction. It didn’t. This mess was, from its inception, Affirmative Action run amok. It was “the soft bigotry of low expections” where some in positions of authority assumed that minorities needed and deserved a cribbed path to a UNC degree to lift them to a better circumstance and thereby serve a greater societal end. Of course… Read more »

Lakepacker
Lakepacker
2 years ago

Now that it is over, how long will DK keep writing about it? Julius’s show cause will have as much impact as a self-imposed one year bowl ban.

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
2 years ago

Two fine points, and an observation from me. 1) Vulcan mind trick (“Vulcans never lie. I am lying to you.” 2) Hamchunk quote, right up there with ‘Provo’s Privvy’. Yes, SFC Muldoon, ‘It sings’. (Two quick The Green Beret asides. The terrain, upon which the A-team camp was built for the movie, is still called ‘John Wayne Hill’ at Benning. I knew it intimately. Stories of Aldo Ray (who played Muldoon) going into Columbus, GA, during the shoot and raising hell, were still legendary 35+ years later. 3) The trifecta would have been adding a quote by Crapgame from Kelly’s… Read more »

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Don Rickles was ‘Crapgame’. Donald Sutherland was ‘Oddball’ the tanker. Oddball had the second-greatest line in movie history, “To a New Yorker like you (to Crapgame), a ‘Hero’ is some kind of weird sandwich, not some nut who takes on three Tigers!”.
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Just for the record, the greatest line is by John Wayne in TRUE GRIT, “Fill your hands, you sonofabitch!”

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

“…bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” immediately proceeded, “Fill your…”. I have never watched Road House, but my favorite Musical film is Paint Your Wagon. “Hello Parson, welcome to Hell!”

Mayberry Jim
Mayberry Jim
2 years ago

Once I got past my youthful naivete (for instance, I used to think the TRUTH would come out in court….yeah, RIGHT) I have come to believe that in any field of endeavor that involves either money or some form of competition, there will be cheaters. The most successful cheaters are those that co-opt the management/organizers/sanctioning body so their cheating is either overlooked or otherwise somehow whitewashed as if it never happened. In my own life I’ve seen it in sports from T-ball all the way to the pros, in school, in NASCAR, in business, you name it. I’ve come to… Read more »

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

The aforementioned GHS cheerleaders….YOWZERS!!

Gear Up
Gear Up
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

C’mon BL, without pictures, that cheerleader wordsmithing is exceptionally cruel!

Gear Up
Gear Up
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

On a positive note, at least we have the American Assassin Blu-ray/DVD release in November. The movie is in the black and exceeded it’s production costs, so I hope that means another Mitch Rapp movie in 2018 or 2019.

Gear Up
Gear Up
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

I know, but he did a serviceable job and given his real life injury recovery saga; I’m pulling for him to get a movie franchise out of the role. Besides, he doesn’t have to talk much. As someone who has provided “the ride” for many Special Operators, I can tell you most of the guys are shorter, wiry guys. The big guys are usually breechers anyway. Dylan put on some muscle for the role and can age into Mitch for many movies to come.

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