Not a lot of time to expound on this at the moment, but here are a few links for your reading enjoyment. Or agony.
Bubba does not think the academic fraud was really all that bad. Here is my favorite quote from him so far, when discussing possible NCAA sanctions:
“I wouldn’t speculate on any sanctions,” he said. “There’s nothing new in the report that we haven’t seen before with a few exceptions – more than a few exceptions. The scope, certainly, would definitely be one.”
Say what? Nothing new with a few exceptions. Oh, wait. More than a few exceptions. So which is it, nothing new, or a lot of new items?
Then we have this gem, also from the N&O, which pretty much calls for Roy William’s head. Here is the thing with Coach Williams. He talks out of both sides of his mouth at times. We have heard him say that he is not involved in the academics of his players at all, and then we have heard him say that he steered players out of AFAM because he was concerned with the clustering. Which is it? Are you involved with academics or not, Coach Williams? Let us face facts, clustering is part of the game of collegiate athletics. There is always going to be clustering and it makes sense that there would be. It would be interesting to see what kind of clustering took place at Kansas while he was there.
The first N&O link above about Bubba also hits on Mark Emmert and his comments about the Wainstein report. He finds it troubling, and if you read into his quotes on this ESPN article, it could spell trouble for UNC athletics as a whole.
“Just based on the (Kenneth) Wainstein report, this is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about,” Emmert said Monday. “Universities are supposed to take absolutely most seriously the education of their students, right? I mean that’s why they exist, that’s their function in life. If the Wainstein report is accurate, then there was severe, severe compromising of all those issues, so it’s deeply troubling. … It’s absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”
He also discussed infractions at UGA, and the potential impacts of the O’Bannon case. He would not discuss the issues at Florida State, apparently. All in all, there could be some dark days looming on the horizon for the ACC.