Sigh, is this even news any more?
Apparently John Blake began steering players to Gary Wichard while he was coach at Oklahoma. Among them, former NCAA and NFL star Brian Bosworth (who would be a very lucrative client for an agent). Bosworth is quote in the story--
--Jason "the fact that this is not shocking anymore is just sad" Evans“John said to me, ‘Hey, I’ve set a meeting up with a guy who I really think you need to know, because he’s going to change your world, ’ ” Bosworth said. “The only way Gary Wichard got to me was through John Blake. John made it clear that Gary was the only guy I needed to be with. Every meeting that I had with Gary was set up by John. John would even pick me up and take me there, whether it was at a hotel or whatever.
“You have to understand, John was the eyes inside the locker room. He was the fisherman and Gary was the cook. You’ve got to have somebody out there who is going to get the bounty, and Gary’s the one who then goes and sells the bounty. I don’t understand why they would be trying to skirt the truth on that. That is what it was. It was so blatant. … And I know I wasn’t the only player who saw it."
Well, from the standpoint of an agent, Boz was a huge NFL star because he signed the biggest rookie contract in NFL history in 1987 -- 11 million for 10 years. I am sure Wichard made a pretty penny off Boz and having Boz on your list of clients gives you big-time credibility with other college football stars.
Also, an actual update to the Carolina scandal...
You all have to read this story about Kendrick Burney. He was suspended for 6 games while the NCAA looked into money he got from an agent. They lifted that suspension but UNC uncovered some kind of academic problem with him too. The school found him guilty of cheating, or something like that, and gave him a failing grade in a class. As a result, he was not going to have enough classes to remain eligible. So, the school told him to just enroll in some class right now to get back on the football team...
...except it is the middle of the semester. How could anyone do actual classwork after missing the first 2 months of classes?
as the story leaked that UNC was letting this kid remain academically eligible, someone must have realized that it looked really bad because Carolina is reconsidering things now.
It is just so pathetic and funny that Carolina has turned into this wannabe football factory that does not even pretend to care about academics or ethics. I would be embarrassed if Duke ever stooped this low.
-Jason "just pathetic" Evans
I'm not even sure how I feel about this anymore. Every time something new comes out, there is so much secrecy and hear-say about what is going on behind the scenes, it makes me not even care anymore. Obviously, there was some very dirty things going on, but the layers to the story and the level of involvement is so unclear, that it's hard to know what the real truth is and who was really involved. I'm just ready for them to hand out punishments so I can point fingers at them and laugh. It's to the point that it's becoming a distraction from the season IMO.
At the beginning of this, I was pretty sure that Butch would be gone but nothing above his level.
I would not feel comfortable if I were the AD or even the Chancellor at this point.
Jason...I agree with you. I'm at the point where I don't really care but I know I should.
Every time I hear something new about the UNC debacle I have to remind myself that this isn't Kentucky we're talking about. As my parents would say, "UNC, I'm very disappointed in you."
The stink from this will last for a while too. Getting a clean rep after you have been dirty is really, really hard to do.
-Jason "so sad and embarrassing... sigh" Evans
But why is retaining Butch necessary to continue building a football program? I've seen unc fans say things like that over and over, and it just doesn't make sense to me. Get rid of him and bring in another big name with a better reputation for running clean programs.
I was at a wedding this past Saturday evening, with several UNC alum......and they are not happy over this NCAA investigation. And want Davis to be fired! Most of the alums, (within the last 5 years), studied hard at Carolina, and graduated. And did not cheat.
We all agreed that Unc is too good of a school, to be caught up in a Cheating NCAA investigation. This is something more like FSU, Maryland, Miami, but not UNC. Plants a bad seed within the ACC, and for all the student athletes, that attend a higher academic university, and keep their nose clean, do their studies, play sports and graduate.
I am so over all the UNC crap. Local news: unc this and unc that. Its something every day. I should care, but I am so over it, already. The only good thing, is it gives 2nd string, walkon players a chance to get into the game.
UNC still THE UNIVERSITY OF NON COMPLIANCE !!!!
I think the corruption at UNC runs deep and is anchored by some deep pocketed alums that have sold their souls for big time football. It's just really dissappointing that the rest of UNC is letting this happen to their school. And for the rest of the ACC, UNC is an embarrassment.
When the NCAA submits their final report its going to be ugly, especially if UBC kept anyone associated with this debacle.
Somehow Burney still has a chance to play, but is out for at least one more game. Charles Brown is gone for the year.
That makes me laugh.
Kendric Burney, whose six-game NCAA suspension for receiving improper benefits from an agent ended after last week's win over Virginia, still has an "unresolved issue related to the review," and will miss the Heels' game against Miami.
Question: Would it be worse if Butch really didn't know? What I mean is, this guy is getting millions of dollars a year to ensure that this type of thing doesn't happen. Is he in a defensible position by saying "I had no idea what my assistant head coach was doing"? To me that is worse or at least no better than turning a blind eye...
I don't want to keep piling on; but I grew up in NC in the 80s and early 90s, and this kind of attitude was never tolerated by UNC, its fans and administration back then. It really would appear that UNC has "sold out" if this is the prevalent belief there.
While I DO enjoy a good chuckle at the goings on in Blight Blue, there is another item to look at a deeper.
Surely UNC is not the only school doing this type of thing... While I have no proof and its only speculation and conjecture on my part, you'd have a hard time convincing me there is no funny business happening at Ala. Fla. Tx or fill in the blank with any Big-Time college football program. Call it intuition.
I may be a cynic, but I just don't think running a 100% "clean program" that wins consistently can be done.
I cant help but think that whatever sanctions the NCAA dishes out to UNC for their shenanigans... If it is overly harsh, I think it sets the bar for how good the ACC CAN EVER be as a football conference. It would establish the ACC as a 2nd tier football destination.
The NCAA needs to drop the hammer on everyone uniformly, or the ACC has to figure out how to be better cheaters in football.
Don't get me wrong, I'm OK with that outcome. My feeling right now is if we cant be then everyone should stink it up equally with us.
I know lots of you will vehemently disagree and that's fine. But I think we can agree that its fun to watch them burn and fester.
You don't think consistent winning can be achieved without cheating? I assume you are only talking about football, since our basketball program has been pretty consistent while being one of the better-run programs in the country.
If we are on the interstate, the posted limit is 70 mph.. But the flow of traffic is moving at a faster clip...
Are you content to get passed, or are you gonna drive with the pack?
You have a decision to make.
If you happen to pass multiple cars stopped by the police, then that decision gets a whole LOT easier to make. Its up to the NCAA to play the role of speed limit enforcer.
The cynic in me says Good-faith adherence to the rules is rare among top flight football schools.
If the NCAA doesn't enforce, or lacks the resources to have enough patrol cars to catch speeders speeding... then perhaps its time to rethink the whole notion of what is speeding actually is and make some new laws.