L.O.I.C.

I know this is lazy of me, but I do not have the time to post a proper analysis of this yet. However, you need somewhere to discuss this without being labeled as “ABCers” or “UNC Blinders Wearing Homers With Your Head In The Sand”.

ESPN write up is here.

CBSSports.com is here.

Yahoo Sports is here.

Argyle

Right before the 1991-92 basketball season, UNC unveiled a change to the men’s basketball uniforms. Designed by UNC alum Alexander Julian, they featured an argyle pattern down the sides. After the initial “outrage” the pattern has become a signature part of the uniform.

Now 20+ years later, UNC Nike is adding the argyle pattern to the football uniform. Yes, the football uniforms are being updated again. They recently were switched to this…what, two years ago?

An #OURBLUE teaser video came out on twitter last week, showing designers waxing poetic about Carolina blue and the football uniform (with a blurry model in the background), then for some reason at a Kenny Chesney concert in Greensboro, some UNC helmets were brought on stage with an argyle down the middle. The rest is supposed to be revealed sometime today. The Oregon-ization of college football uniforms continues. Multi-colors, chrome helmets, UNC adding argyle, NC State has helmets with wolf eyes on the back, Duke has all black. Even the basketball uniforms are changing with special “march madness” uniforms from Adidas.

 

Will it ever stop, yo, I dont know.

NCAA Finds Wainstein Report “Troubling” – Bubba Finds Wainstein Report “Not Quite That Bad”

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.

North Carolina doesnt root for North Carolina Football UPDATED

ncaa-fb-main-mapOver at Tar Heel Blog, and other local media on twitter, something seemed fishy. The NYT posted this error. Facebook has a discovered a coding error with its data for North Carolina, and we expect to have corrected data soon.

The New York Times “The Upshot” published a College Football Fan Map. Based on “Facebook Likes” it is broken down to the top three rooting interests, county by county in every state in the country.

Like the other sets of maps, these were created using estimates of team support based on each team’s share of Facebook “likes” in a ZIP code. We then applied an algorithm to deal with statistical noise and fill in gaps where data was missing. Facebook “likes” are an imperfect measure, but as we’ve noted before, Facebook likes show broadly similar patterns to polls.

Zoom in on the state of North Carolina. 

Orange County

Thee Ohio State Buckeyes have more of a rooting interest in Orange County. UNC football doesnt crack the top 3 in any of the 100 counties in North Carolina. Doesnt really make sense how this is possible. In the mountains, you get more SEC schools, Tennessee and Georgia, out east….Arrrrgh.

UNC-CH Welcomes Back Former Athletes

If you are a former athlete from UNC-CH, and you did not finish your degree, we have good news for you.  Sorta.  In its new “Complete Carolina” initiative, UNC-CH is inviting former athletes to come back and finalize their educations.  On scholarship.

Which is very interesting to me.  While some athletes would be partial scholarships and some full ones (ahem, basketball, football and baseball?) depending on their status when they were at UNC-CH to begin with, one has to wonder if these scholarships should count against their eligible tally for each season.  It is kind of shady to have, say, Marvin Williams (just pulling a name out of the air) back on campus with a full basketball scholarship yet have it not count against their allotted number for basketball.

Do not get me wrong, I think it is commendable to offer this (which has been done by other programs already) and I hope it is successful.  I also hope it does not give the mentality to current and future players that school is secondary because if they do not make it in the NBA/NFL they can always come back and finish up their degrees without reaching into their own pockets.

So This Happened…

Let’s say you are an athlete at a major university and your advisers schedule your classes for you with you not being allowed to have any input at all.  Maybe you do not want to have any input.  Maybe you just want to play sports.  Maybe you get put into a class that does not meet a single time and only requires one essay for the final exam.  Maybe you turn in this:

From Yahoo Sports via ESPN
From Yahoo Sports via ESPN

Let’s say you get an A- on the essay, thus getting an A- on the course.

I think this speaks for itself so I will not bother to give commentary.

Postponed. Until February 20.

imageThis Photo Of Dick Vitale Is Art

Bullock’s BBQ made it, Dickie V was stuck at RDU. 

The Great Snowpocalypse of 2014 caused the game between North Carolina and Duke to be postponed. Oh my goodness, what next?

“Duke’s bus is not able to get to their campus to pick up the team in time to be able to make the trip to Chapel Hill so we can’t play this evening.” Says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “The safety of the teams and officials is the number one priority and this was the best decision to make at this time. Coach Williams, Coach Krzyzewski, (Duke AD) Kevin White and I will be on the phone with the ACC and make a decision as to when to play the game as soon as possible.”  – UNC AD Bubba Cunningham

UNC was bummed because students were going to be allowed to sit in the lower seats and the atmosphere would have been more dare I say, Cameron-like.  My complaint with the Smith Center is that it should have been designed like that in the first place. It is officially the Dean Smith Student Activity Center, but I digress.

ACC rules are that if both teams and officials can make it to the game site, the game will be played. Two weeks ago in Atlanta during the ice storm, UNC ran into the same situation. The game against Georgia Tech was played, but not televised and people were encouraged not to go to the game unless they were on campus or could walk.  As we have also heard, UNC had to take MARTA and walk to their hotel, and the game was played.

So Duke will now play this Saturday vs. Maryland, Tuesday at Georgia Tech, makeup game at UNC at 9 on Thursday, then Syracuse at home next Saturday.  UNC will host Pittsburgh on Saturday, at Florida State on Monday, Duke on Thursday, and then Wake Forest on Saturday at Chapel Hill.

I didn’t have a problem with the game being postponed, the weather was brutal and people were being stranded on the roads, maybe making the decision sooner rather than later.

It is only a basketball game.

UNC impressive win in Belk Bowl….then the rumors start.

After a 1-5 start, North Carolina completed their season turnaround with an impressive 39-17 win in the Belk Bowl over Cincinnati. It was the Tar Heels first bowl win in Charlotte after three previous losses.

In the third quarter, freshman Ryan Switzer tied an NCAA record with his fifth punt return for a touchdown for the season. He set an UNC and ACC record with the touchdown.  He was named the MVP of the game.

 

Then after the game, ESPN’s Rodney Gilmore tweeted out this little nugget.

They have a history of grabbing football coaches from North Carolina. Stay tuned.

Monday Morning Fodder

Busy weekend in sports as we head towards Turkey Day and the final regular season weekend of college football.

North Carolina beat Old Dominion 80-20. Both head coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 10 minutes, a modern mercy rule. Some were calling Fedora classless, dont know why, they had scout team players in and took a knee on a fourth and goal. Cant just stop playing. ( btw, Florida State and South Carolina also won by 60 or more points)

Duke beat Wake Forest 28-21.  This sets up a big game vs North Carolina this weekend, they win and they will be in the ACC Championship Game vs Florida State.

Will Jameis Winston be able to play in the Championship Game, and a possible National Championship? We wont find out until after Thanksgiving.

East Carolina beat NC State in Raleigh 42-28.  State fans had to endure the “Our State” chants again, and a billboard on Capital Blvd.  Some statefans have called for that campaign to be retired.

Duke basketball escapes with a 91-90 win over Vermont. Coach K said they were “lucky to win”. 

UNC basketball bounces back with two wins over the weekend, including a 93-84 win over defending champs and #3 ranked Louisville. Marcus Paige had a career high 32 points.

Carolina Panthers won their 7th game in a row, Manning cant beat Brady, Brian McCann to the Yankees, five years, $85 million.

Ice Up, Son!

UNC and NC State need a Football Trophy

How much for one rib?
How much for one rib?

I came across this gallery from SI.com the other day showing college football’s unusual trophies that teams play for in their “rivalry games”.  Some were well-known, long fought over trophies like the Michigan vs Minnesota “Little Brown Jug“. Some I had never heard of, like the Illibuck – a wooden turtle that Illinois and Ohio State play for.

Others were brand new, like the Maryland vs Navy Crab Bowl, introduced just three years ago.

The one that stuck out to me was The Bones Trophy pictured above. Since way back in ….2006, Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis have been playing for a bronzed slab of ribs (I am partial to Memphis ribs, btw, and Eastern NC ‘Cue). Honestly, I like all of it.

Now if they could do that, surely the great PR minds at North Carolina and NC State can come up with something original….possibly pork related.

How about a Golden Pulled Pork Sandwich!  Each year the two teams would play in the Pigskin Pulled Pork-Palooza.  Instead of repainting stolen midfield logos or wearing all black, give them something with dignity to play for that symbolizes the great North State that both schools reside in…..PORK!!  Or maybe a sweet potato.