posted on July 28, 2011 08:07
A TAPster writes “there’s a case to be made that the political leadership of the state should fix the glommed up mess in the UNC football program.”
True, but I think the ball is now in the hands of UNC President Tom Ross. Not UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp; he climbed out on a limb too far and too fast in support of Butch Davis and AD Dick Baddour. Now Thorp’s fate is inextricably linked with theirs. He should have left himself some distance – and wriggle room.
But I digress. Let the TAPster continue:
“The university system is the state’s crown jewel, and needs to be protected from pissants, thieves and moronically texting football players who have no business being part of a dignified educational institution. They are destroying the reputation of the campus at Chapel Hill, and must be stopped.
“The chancellor is afraid to take control, the football coach was never in control, and the athletic director is a pitiful, sycophantic apologist for the whole calamity. This collection of irresponsible lightweights has done more to damage the reputation of the university than a century of previous underachievers. They are building a product they can sell to the highest TV bidder, following a regrettable pattern set by the commissioner of the ACC who expanded the league and destroyed the great rivalries to make a buck.
“We all own this university, whether we cheer for the football team or not. We invest huge dollars and, as the owners, should protest the quality of the current caretakers.
“Our political leaders should take a break from the meaningless crap they’re focused on to clean out the scum in Chapel Hill and protect one our most valuable investments and creations.”
A word to any UNC alums who dismiss the above as the ravings of a rapid Wolfpacker. Not so; the TAPster is one of you.
Note also that, back in the 1950s, a then-young UNC President named Bill Friday had the guts and vision to take on corrupt, point-shaving basketball programs at State and Carolina. He even shut down the popular Dixie Classic. A lot of people weren’t happy.
Look at how things worked out – for Friday and for the University.
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