I’ve been a proud member of the ABC Club since I was 12 years old. A recent article by wralsportsfan.com’s Carlton Tudor got me to thinking about the Crown Jewel treatment our North Carolina flagship university has gotten the past few years.
In the 1990′s NC State Basketball was gutted for essentially selling sneakers and a few other minor violations by today’s standards. The label “Lack of Institutional Control” was applied and it stuck. As Wolfpack fans watch with anticipation of that should come to those dastardly Tarheels, we know all too well the deck is always stacked when it comes to Carolina Blue. EVERY State fan has their own list of blatant biases through the decades, but let me give you mine.
Top 5 recent irks:
1) This past week, 2 scandals rocked the UNC Football team. A team hazing allegation and an additional allegation from the brother of the hazing victim. The brother, Cole Boyer, claims UNC and Coach Fedora are perpetrating a coverup. Let’s just see how much coverage the local press will provide with this one.
2) Roy Williams- Last month former UNC basketball player Rashad McCants levied allegations of academic fraud dating back to 2005 that McCants claimed UNC orchestrated and ‘ol Roy knew about.
3) Roy Williams-Last December former UNC basketball player Will Graves was arrested on drug charges at a residence owned by ‘ol Roy. How many of you knew about that one?
4) Allegations rocked Chapel Hill in 2010 when it was learned the school was investigating academic infractions on the UNC Football team. Former UNC advisor Mary Willingham, Athletic Director Dick Baddour and UNC Football Head Coach Butch Davis became focal points and casualties of the investigation. The Penalty: A one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 football scholarships, vacation of records, and three years’ probation. On June 30, 2014 UNC announced it was reopening the 2010 investigation amid new allegations and a HBO expose. Calling ALL reporters…please do your jobs.
5) In May 2013, UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston, was cited for speeding while driving a rented 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS. The car was paid for by Catinia Farrington who shared an address with convicted felon Haydn Thomas. According to USA Today, the woman “rented the Camaro from April 25 through June 17, a period of 54 days, according to the rental receipt. Farrington was billed $3,249.00. Thomas rented the same vehicle March 25 through April 15, incurring charges of $2468.47, according to a rental receipt.”
In June 2013 UNC player P.J. Hairston, driving a a rented 2013 GMC Yukon, was arrested and charged with driving without a license and possession of marijuana along with two other men. A 9mm handgun was also found on the ground outside the vehicle.
Haydn Thomas rented the Hertz vehicle for several days for a total $1261.64, according to the receipt.
In July 2014 Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with DWI while driving a car owned by former North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston. Gordon was bailed out by guess who?
Haydn “Fats’ Thomas.
In law enforcement these are all called clues.
Now if our investigative journalists will just do their jobs.