I know I'm biased, but I found Barnes's press statement to be much more stilted and pretentious than those of Henson and Marshall. In fact, it read a lot like his statement two years ago.
The info that was put out on the David Glenn show today, was that McAdoo had gone home to discuss his status with his family.
Now I'm shocked that no one has been able to come up with a nice photo shop picture of the pigeon flying the coop.
You're surely right about all the imponderables, but you must not poop overmuch on the speculation-party, which is a normal, if/and deliriously happy, Duke-fanatic response to the news out of CH.
I forgive you, both because you are right, and because I'm so very happy - for Kendall, John, and particularly Harrison, you understand - just now.
It's actually possible that Barnes was encouraged to write like this in high school. I have seen plenty of good students whose writing was made worse by bad advice from high school teachers [surely not UNC profs] who were themselves, uh, misguided. Either that or, as I wondered in another thread, some of his teachers noticed this tendency toward purple prose in service of self-importance, but couldn't or wouldn't attempt to help him. Easy to imagine that they sort of let it slide because it paled in comparison to - I mean this - his admirable qualities.
I suspect it was a bit of both. At some point, Barnes crossed an invisible line, and was transformed, in the eyes of a growing circle of star-struck admirers, from a multi-talented young person to an untouchable. It would be interesting to trace his maturing from this point forward.