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BobLee
April17/ 2018

BL: Obvious Solution for All Sports Scandals is

Gosh… without that picture to connect to the title one could speculate this column might be about any number of Socio-Cultural Conundrums that plague our planet and its bewildered inhabitants… from ever-rising tides to mutually assured annihilation to “one & dones”. Not necessarily in that order of magnitude.

Contemplating “what to write about this week” ranges from the overtly absurd to the almost serious – Man’s basic inhumanity to both his fellow man and to himself.

The Only Obvious Solution to resolving the “inhumanity” and accompanying “incivility” one to another is, of course, to drag “them” kicking and screaming over to your point-of-view. After countless millennia of trying to do just that we seem to have gained little if any progress.

My theory of “why” that should gain favor with societal observers concerns the advent of social media in its half-dozen or so popular applications.

Can the effect of Twitter / Facebook on Humankind be equated to losing our opposable thumbs… what once separated us from the rest of the animals, vegetables and minerals.

A plausible theory that borders on sheer brilliance if I do say so myself.

While you contemplate this brilliantly insightful theory… lets ratchet back to the more mundane issues of the day…

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The latest “OH MY” FBI revelations as regards Big Time College Basketball… specifically as concerns NC State University… I’m sure my insightful analysis is eagerly awaited. Yeah, right!

Let’s assume all who care about “this crap” know all the relevant details as reported. Let’s further assume that one’s appraisal is sorta kinda 110% affected by one’s overt partisanship as relates to “hated sports rivalries”. Overt partisanship is always the first culling mechanism in determining opinions of pretty much anything.

I DO NOT believe… NCSU AD Frau Yow and her staff of innumerable Assistant Associates and Associate Assistants was aware of the skullduggery that Mark Gottfried and his henchmen resorted to in a desperate attempt to keep their jobs as NCSU Mens Basketball Coaches.  SHOULD they have been aware ???

I DO believe… Gottfried et al DID indeed resort to skullduggery. Mark Gottfried arrived at NCSU with, shall we say, “baggage”. His personal life was a “hot mess” from a fidelity standpoint. His “mentor” – Jim Harrick – has enough “scarlet letter” tatts for nefariousness to challenge UNCCH’s very own Larry “Suitcase” Brown for the most nefarious college basketball coaches of the modern era.

That Gottfried’s “zipper issues” supposedly manifested themselves in Raleigh might lead one to assume his “Harrick issues” might have too.

Desperate men are prone to desperate measures and Gottfried’s seat was very hot as he recruited Dennis Smith Jr.

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NOTE: What has sparked this latest trend in young AfAm athletes to add “Jr” and “III” to the backs of their jerseys? I’m not opposed to acknowledging one’s paternal heritage… simply curious how such trends evolve. The same with haircuts, tatts and how one wears one’s socks.

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Gottfried’s successor – Coach KK – despite his initial impact as a Hoop Messiah, likewise has a notoriously shady mentor in “Tricky Ricky” Pitino. That fact seems to be of no more concern than was Gottfried’s “baggage” at a comparable time in his ill-fated tenure in West Raleigh.

I have an “I told you so” chip in a mayonnaise jar buried in my back yard just in case.

Khloe

Would comparing frustrated NCSU BB fans to Khloe Kardashian vainly seeking everlasting love from an endless succession of very large black men in The NBA be unfair… and likely to generate a few nastygrams?  Probably, so I won’t write that.

Did you know… one of Khloe’s first “NBA bedpost notches” was none other than UNCCH’s own wayward son – Rashad McCants.  There was a brief tete a tete with Rick Fox too.  Khloe knows The NBA more intimately than all the Van Gundys combined..

Blondie assured me the fact I have just written two paragraphs about Khloe Kardashian will NOT be in my obituary.

If Frau Yow along with Chancellor Randy were NOT aware that Gott’s Gang was resorting to desperate (and apparently illegal) measures to bring a savior to their marginally successful program… it is very conceivable that Gott thought he could hide what he was doing… should NCSU as an NCAA/ACC member institution be held liable and accountable for “what Gott did”?.

Cal State Northridge certainly could care less.  Go Matadors!

Yes… UNCCH loyalists could likewise claim “institutional plausible deniability” for The Greatest Eligibility Scam in NCAA History. That every UNC BBer over an 18-20 year period knew all about it along with “staff” and their partners in crime within the AfAm Studies Den of Iniquity… does not automatically prove that anyone in the Academic Hierarchy and/or “DDome Lower Level” knew about it.

Millennials probably never heard of UNC’s AfAm-Scam?  Apparently “they” have not heard of Auschwitz or Chappaquiddick either (until two weeks ago).

It stands to “reason” (??) that if NCSU can afford to hire as shifty a team of legal weasels as UNCCH assembled, then NCSU should likewise get off scot-free… if $30,000,000 in legal and PR fees can be considered “free”.

Assuming NCSU does extricate itself from this current “Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Us” dilemma, and I am confident they will… what might The NCAA do going forward?

Whatever that answer is it is certain to lack common sense and plausibility… and be doomed to abject bureaucratic incompetence.

The NCAA is America’s most ineffective and least respected institutional entity NOT counting school boards … city councils … county commissioners … state legislatures … The Catholic Church and, of course, any/all branches of the Federal Government. Oh… and 92% of all colleges and universities including “the one you hold sacred” for whatever undefendable reason. … Oh again… and all forms of “the mainstream media”.ChickFilA

Is Chick-fil-A the only well-run organization in America?  NOT if one asks liberal media terrorists in NYC… who seem worried that the slice of pickle atop their chicken sandwich is part of a giant Christian conspiracy to topple Gotham City… Yeeeee HA!

Is this a great time in America OR WHAT!  …And all tied back to “social media” i.e. The Black Plague of technological advances !!

The Only Obvious Solution:  900 words to finally get to my title subject. I think that’s a record.

The best way to “reduce crime” is to simply:

Decriminalize whatever activity is being inconveniently “pesky”.

Hey, it worked with Abortion. Some states are doing it with Marijuana. BLM wants us to “decriminalize” pretty much anything a black man might do which could resolve this pesky NCAA Basketball issue as well. The number of “white guys” receiving illegal shoe money is statistically zero.

Hellfire, The FBI / DOJ has thus far decriminalized anything / everything “The Clintons” have ever done because… (insert your own creative partisan “because” here).

Let’s have a ceremonial Burning of The NCAA Rulebook. There can’t be rule-breakers if there are no rules to break. DUH! No college FB / MBB fan wants their school charged with any rule violations even if they are blatantly doing so… they only want “hated rivals” flogged and de-bannered… whether the hated rival is doing so or not. “Probably” = probable cause, right?

If THAT reasoning makes sense… welcome to the Upside Down The Rabbit Hole World of Big Time Sports… and/or Politics.

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This past week I binge-watched the Netflix series Troy: The Fall of a City … and Amazon Prime’s Bosch: Season Four. That answers your concern for why I haven’t posted a column in over a week…

I love stuff about The Trojan War. I’ve watched Brad Pitt’s “Troy” a number of times.

In this latest version, Zeus – Father of All Gods – is a black guy (but NOT Morgan Freeman). Who knows, maybe he (Zeus) was / is?

Achilles

This version’s Achilles (the Brad Pitt character) is also not only black but also bi-sexual… HOLY COW! Who knew Homer was so sensitive about 21st century political correctness?  FWIW… There is a bi-racial menage a trois scene that was NOT in the original Homeric version.   Alas, even black bi-sexual Achilles still has that “heel issue”.

If you are a fan of the Trojans, King Priam, Hector, Paris, Helen et al… this latest recounting, alas, doesn’t end well. Actually there is aplenty of blame and shame to go round among Greeks and Trojans… Or Homer simply made it all up.

Bosch: Season Four is EXCELLENT but requires you to have seen Seasons One-Three or at least read Michael Connolly’s acclaimed Harry Bosch novels. Harry is a gritty rogue LA homicide cop. He has a very cool house and a Life overflowing with angst.

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Myowngrandpaw

The first game I saw Jim Harrick seated right behind the bench, I told my fellow State grad and co worker, State is in trouble. If Yow did not pick up on that, it is pure incompetence or blind ambition. Yow actually blamed Gary Williams of bad mouthing her to the point “Gottfried was the best we could get”. It went downhill from there.

wolfdon
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wolfdon

Reply to BL:
Didn’t mean to confuse you…I was referring to Debby of TGU…..

Wolfdon
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Wolfdon

With regard to BL’s pointing out the imbalance of black vs. white in all areas, I think the solution is take Debbie the secretary’s view and look at the matter as being a form of reparations. We could all feel much better about things .

Former96Heel
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Former96Heel

I am perfectly fine with the whole legalization of whatever it is that ALL of the schools and coaches do to gain favor of the gladiators, with the one caveat that the whole process be removed from the screen of being hidden behind the non-profit education system. It is financed, in part, by each and every one of us, and our government’s 100% guarantee on student loans. Sure, Alabama, and maybe State, and a few other schools have a self-sustaining financial balance sheet. How much of that is true when you remove the shoe money? How much of that holds… Read more »

Old School Foodie
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Old School Foodie

Replying to BL comment: …”I was enjoying a plate of meat loaf & collards at a local Golden Corral when your comment arrived.” . You triggered a one notch expansion in my belt, BobLee. Flung a craving on me and visited Golden Corral. Collards were pretty good. Barbecue not bad for a chain restaurant. I will go to GC once about every 3-4 months. I always try to go sometime around their veteran’s day free meal for vets. I’m not a veteran, but do respect what they do. So I buy a meal to help offset the promotion.

Doug
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Doug

. Replying to NCSU68GRAD . I really hope you and BL are right and I’m totally wrong about what’s going on in Raleigh. After reviewing my rant and 24 hours later, I’ll standby what I said but now know I failed to make another point that somewhat relieves responsibility to leadership and administration at universities when it comes to sports cheating. And that is Cheating Ain’t What It Used To Be. Maybe a future BL column even. . The days of a coach and player “coming to an personal understanding” have been replaced with an array of alternatives to “come… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

. REPLY TO DOUG: . Having talked with and emailed Chancellor Woodson and AD Yow for many years (casually) and chatted with them a few times (Br. K has the lock on that)….about THINGS not athletic….I can give you my perspective. . AD Yow follows Barney’s creedo….”NIP IT IN THE BUD”. If you make her aware of any situation or detail that needs attention, small or monumental, she will respond in less than 4 hours and one of her “associates” will get on it and follow-up on it. I also know (third hand rumor from some very high WPC donors)… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

So, Mr Woodson and Ms Yow only release a prepared statement about the DS Jr. timeline of events and whatever other experts are needed to make it all look collectively surprising to them. No press conference or follow-up questions from “that damn Kane feller” or others so they can scrunch up their faces with shock, worry, indignation, or expressions that range from outrage to sanctimony, orating and bloviating about stuff they should’ve paid attention to and never allowed to happen on their watch. Oh wait a presser wouldn’t have revealed anything either because of the ubiquitous “we can’t comment further… Read more »

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Your Khloe take has me cleaning coffee off my monitor. That it could apply to the few Tar Heel FB fans as well, is not lost on me. Also know, at work, we often ask ourselves how we can’t be as smart, efficient, satisfying, and overall as great as Chick-fil-A. They really are the standard bearer for all things business in this century. I am sure many books will eventually be written comparing them to say, Subway. I cannot think of anything they do wrong, except maybe take a loved item off their menu when you have a craving. So… Read more »

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Wolfpacker'87

NCSU Chancellor issued a Letter To Wolfpack Fans today describing all “they” have done regarding the FBI investigation. Their internal investigation has Gott Gang claiming they did NUTHIN…

Doug
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Doug

The obvious solution for everything, including all sports scandals apparently is unconscious bias training. Henceforth called the Starbucks Method. Makes about as much sense as going to a local Starbucks to order a grande, quad, nonfat, one-pump, no-whip, mocha. I kid you not, it’s a real thing one can order. As for the latest NCSU saga…..Yes, they should have known or as BK has said in the past Re: TGU, ““As far as TGU is concerned, you need to know Debbie’s NCAA staff mafia to know why I sleep well at night.” Or this; “As I’ve said earlier, was not… Read more »

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

As Brother Dave Gardner once accurately observed, “Everything’s legal (in Mississippi), if you can get away with it.”

Bill Brockman
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Bill Brockman

I suspect that Coach has some reservations about the present Pope, even though he is from the SJ. You know what the first prayer is that a novice in the Jesuit order must learn, don’t you? “Heavenly Father, in your great mercy please spare me from the sin of intellectual arrogance. Which, in case you were wondering, means….”

bob hutchins
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bob hutchins

For one who scoffs at a denigrates sports, you seem to be awfully attentive to the goings on therein.
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Drop this crap and turn your not inconsiderable talents to subjects that make a damn in people’s lives.
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Anyone stuck on sports of any kind at any place after the age of thirty has a serious mental or personality disorder.
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Shame on you, Lenoir County!!!! Shame !!!

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Given up on how to fix the NCAA. There is no hope. Just shut it down and distribute the ONE BILLION “reserves” fund to all current and past athletes. Hire a “Jock/Jockette” Guru. Maybe Obummer could handle that job since in appointed and controlled a lot of Guru’s. THEN let them have the ill gotten gain. BUT, that ain’t gonna happen….unless we start handing out reparations. WHICH COULD HAPPEN. . As to Deb Yow….I think that she has been smitten and blinded by a beguiling scoundrel. Over the years, I have know (and worked for) a few like Mr. Gottfried.… Read more »

Bill Brockman
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Bill Brockman

I believe that the technical term for your solution for dealing with the various and sundry issues you mention is that we embrace “moral relativism.” Popes St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI often warned against it. The current occupant of the chair of St. Peter appears to encourage the embrace. I believe that the previous occupants of that chair were right, but what do I know? Time will tell. I also believe that Robert Bork’s book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, was prophetic. . To answer the question about whether college BB has always been a sordid quagmire, perhaps it is… Read more »

Mike.UVa
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Mike.UVa

Those two paragraphs about Khloe K may not make your obit.. but DAMN they were hilarious. There were a half-dozen zingers in this one… but Khloe and her NBA bedpost notches are an Instant Classic…

ENC1
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ENC1

With my first coaching hero Vic Bubas passing away yesterday it makes me think back to the ACC of my youth with the 1966 Duke team losing to the evil empire (Kentucky) because Bob Verga was sick. Has college basketball always had a cash flow segment…..I hope not but would not bet on it.