I'm taking inspiration today from a link to an article sent by some friends down in North Carolina. Those who know me or are regular listeners of the Saturday radio show (1220 AM or podcast on YourSportsFan.com) Know that I'm a staunch proponent of my alma matter, the North Carolina Tar Heels. The school is a national powerhouse in basketball (as well as women's soccer,) but not exactly in football. We have had our share of great players. Lawrence Taylor was a year ahead of me in school. Those who follow the NFL will recognize names like Dre Bly, Algee Crumpler, Jeff Saturday, Willie Parker, and especially in Chicago, defensive end Julius Peppers. However, the football team has performed average at best.
Since the less than memorable Dick Crum (who ironically had the best winning percentage of any UNC coach in the last hundred years,) helmed the Tar Heels in 1978, and coached LT, the program has gone 225-168-4. Most of the winning seasons were prior to powerhouses Miami, Virginia Tech, and Florida State joining the ACC. The school had been virtually dormant in the conference for the past several years, and was finally making a comeback. The school made a commitment to the football program and hired former Miami and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis. He had a top recruiting class in 2007, and all these players would be big college stars by now. However, the Chapel Hill campus was rocked this year with suspensions, dismissals, and allegations of NCAA violations.
So it comes as no surprise that former assistant coach John Blake was mention in a current article in Sports Illustrated in which former sports agent Josh Luchs talks about the dirty little secrets of payments, gifts and other methods used to sign college football players. Likely NFL players Marvin Austin, Greg Little, and all-conference DE Robert Quinn have been sent home for the season.
It's a pretty scandalous article and a great read. Check it out.