Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ashamed of my university

I haven't posted here in awhile because of other obligations along with the quiet offseason for both the UNC and dook basketball programs.

However, I have to talk a little about the Butch Davis firing.  Despite this blog, I'm as big a UNC football fan as I am a basketball fan, and this day will go down as one of the most infamous in the school's athletic history.

It's not so much that I disagree with the firing.  I do, but I can somewhat understand the justification for it.

My problem is with the timing, and with the complete 180 the administration has made.  There is absolutely no reason to make this change now unless new information about the NCAA investigation had come to light, and Chancellor Thorp's release assures us that is not the case.  Thus, the timing of this decision is terrible.  While the powers that be think they're helping the school, they have effectively doomed UNC football for the foreseeable future.  The program won't be able to recover from this.  Not only have they made it impossible to get a replacement coach this season, they have killed recruiting for this year and beyond.  They also have blown up this season, which without the infusion of recruits that is now sure not to happen, would have been a pretty good season.  It will still probably be considered a good season in retrospect compared to the ones that are sure to follow it.

The entire athletic department at UNC is facing an unprecedented downward spiral.  The lack of leadership in UNC athletics is glaring.  All signs point to Dick Baddour heading out the door sooner rather than later, and that will place the decision to hire a new athletic director and head football coach squarely on the shoulders of a chancellor who clearly isn't up to the task.

Surely, no good coach will want to come to UNC after seeing the lack of devotion to big-time football.  This power play, whether orchestrated solely by Chancellor Thorp or by Board of Trustee members, or both, has accomplished nothing but to show that UNC is not ready for big-time football.  In fact, I believe it shows that they don't even want it.  That's the saddest part of this mess.

As for Coach Davis, I believe his is a good man who has been left out to dry.  He is ultimately responsible for what happens under his watch, but I don't believe this scandal is his doing.  Apparently, until recently, neither did Dick Baddour or Holden Thorp.  What happened to change that?