Wednesday, June 22, 2011
UNC investigation: What they're saying
By Heather Dinich
While there are varying opinions out there on just how much North Carolina coach Butch Davis should be held accountable for the allegations currently being held against his program by the NCAA, the national media seems to agree on one thing -- of all of the dirt in college football that has been exposed this offseason, what has happened at UNC might be the worst.
You can see it for yourself in its entirety right here, but you might want to grab some coffee and get comfortable first.
It's a lot of information to digest, so here's some instant analysis for you from various media outlets:
Stewart Mandel of SI.com writes that as bad as the allegations are, North Carolina simply hasn't been good enough for college football fans outside of the ACC to really care:
For all the tawdry scandals that have tarnished college football over the past 12 months -- from USC to Tennessee, from Cam Newton to Jim Tressel -- one can easily argue that the nine major violations levied against Butch Davis' program Tuesday contain more filth and more blatant disregard for the rule book than any of them.
Caulton Tudor of the Raleigh News & Observer writes that Davis is likely to keep his job:
And yet, one gets the sense that after nearly a year of buildup, North Carolina's case may wind up causing less indignation than any of them. Fans don't generally get worked up over perennial 8-5 programs. It would probably take the death penalty for fans outside Tobacco Road to truly take notice, and at least two notable omissions from Tuesday's report assure that's not going to happen.
In the NCAA letter of allegations released Tuesday by the school, a lot of people are mentioned in the year-long investigation into the conduct of the school's coaches, players and support staff. ... But nowhere is Davis strongly linked to any sort of smoking gun. And that being the case, the fifth-year coach can be expected to have the opportunity to win enough games to help erase the embarrassment of the investigation.
While Davis might escape any serious repercussions, North Carolina will not, writes Matt Hinton of Yahoo!:
If you've been following this case from the beginning, none of those charges are new. But it is eye-opening to see all of them exhaustively detailed in one place for the first time, and there is no escaping the conclusion that the Tar Heels are going to feel the maximum, USC-level pain in response -- up to and including a postseason ban and heavy scholarship losses.