No big surprises as Dick Baddour has planned on retiring right after the firing of Butch Davis on July 27. UNC is giving itself a chance to make things right with the NCAA after they dropped the ball amidst the NCAA violations and academic scandals that have taken place the past two seasons in Chapel Hill.
It all started at the beginning of the last season when allegations of players receiving extra benefits hit the news stands and kept guys like Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn off the field possibly costing UNC a chance at an ACC championship and possibly an national championship. The first casualty from that episode was defensive coach John Blake.
After Blake fell, then the tutor situation hit the news and 14 players were accused of academic scandal and most of them missed at least one game. However there were players like former North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo, who was declared permanently ineligible last year for academic misconduct, filed a lawsuit against the university and the NCAA seeking to restore his athletic eligibility to allow him to play for the Tar Heels this fall. Well things didn't work out in McAdoo's favor but its another casualty as he was probably the third best of the three defensive players who was unable to perform last season.
Let's not get it twisted, everyone saw this ending coming. It was just delayed far to long. Davis is and was a fan favorite but everyone had to know how this was going to end. You can't be the chief and have a bunch of people under you doing this many wrongs and expect to stay in charge. Whether or not Butch Davis knew what was going on or not is irrelevant. The head man takes the fall anytime anything like this goes down.
Some of the blame has to go to UNC. As the great Dick Crum summed it up when he was let go for losing after recruiting students first and athletes second. "You can't win at a place like that. They want to be Oklahoma on Saturday, and Harvard Sunday thru Friday."
Anyway maybe they get back on track and make a good hire. I hear Jim Tressell is available.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!