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Same Old, Same Old

The 208-page report released by UNC this week pertaining to the football scandal revealed few new facts and fewer names – thanks to heavy redaction in almost every document. What it did underscore was the gross lack of oversight...

Nyang'o-Who U?

Although the deposed Julius Nyang’oro had been teaching at UNC for 20 years, during which time taking Swahili had become somewhat of an inside joke among athletes, the period about to go under the microscope of the SBI is the...

Bubba Breaks In

When Bubba Cunningham was hired as Carolina’s new athletic director last October, his first task...

Unanswered Questions

The NCAA’s 38-page report on the Carolina football sanctions is detailed in its outline of violations by the school and the individuals involved (although no names are mentioned; just Student Athlete 1, Student Athlete 2, former...


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Laughable Loophole

Okay, all of those who think it’s okay for Butch Davis to finagle an “administrative” job in the National Football League and keep his full severance from UNC, raise your right hand. Those of you who think Davis is trying to...

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Silence Is Golden?

The sudden silence surrounding UNC’s search for a new athletic director is anything but deadly. In fact, it’s a sign that the process has taken a step in the right direction. As a large list of qualified and sitting AD’s from...

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The Thigpen Connection

By far, the most damaging allegation from the NCAA into the UNC football scandal is on pages 62-63 of the 111-page response by the school, released Monday. It speaks to what, so far, the university has escaped – the dreaded lack...

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Re-Emphasizing Football

  Maybe his timing shocked people and maybe he did not do it with the polish of a senior statesman (inadvertently committing a minor NCAA violation, himself), but it astounds me how Holden Thorp has become the villain in the...

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Seven Lessons from the Davis Firing

1. The internet and airwaves are filled with sports pundits and fans lambasting UNC for firing Butch Davis on the eve of the football season.   But once it became apparent what key Davis hire John Blake was doing while a Tar...

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Davis Should Go — Now

UNC can still begin moving beyond its regrettable football scandal of the last year, regardless of its final fate from the NCAA. Ohio State has conveniently provided Carolina with the model it should use in order to separate a...

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