Oct 2, 2010; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis reacts on the sidelines. The Tar Heels defeated the Pirates 42-17 at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Football: Complain About the Sanctions All You Want, Tar Heels Were Wrong


I hate the fact that no matter what my opinion or anyone’s opinion is on the way the NCAA conducts their business.  For one, I can’t stand the fact that the NCAA makes so much money.  I hate the bowl system and it upsets me to the point every season that I consider boycotting college football in protest of a playoff system.  Recently New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, told told an audience on the Chapel Hill campus that the NCAA “should be blown up.”  He wrote a terrific column supporting his opinion that college football and basketball players should be paid.  All points that I agree with.  Why do these kids that literally make the money for the Universities and the NCAA have to go through college basically poor?  What’s the NCAA need with all that money (estimated $6 billion/year)?

But you know what?  That’s my opinion, it’s Mr.Nocera’s opinion, and you know what they say about opinions right?  The fact is, rules are in place for a reason, and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels football program led by ex-head coach Butch Davis, broke those rules, a lot of them.  Nobody likes to be punished, especially if you think the rule is bogus.  Everybody remembers being sent to their room or grounded by their parents for something we didn’t agree with.  Remember that assistant principle in school you despised for constantly handing you those detentions?  You very well might have been right, the rule that you broke might not have made any sense in the world.  But it was a rule, and it was a rule that you knew was in existence or at least something you knew would get you into trouble if you were caught.

Look, it’s easy to stick up the middle finger at the NCAA.  I do every single bowl season, and every time they discuss tinkering with my favorite thing on this Earth, March Madness and the great NCAA Tournament.  It’s easy to dismiss the sanctions and proclaim, “this goes on at 90% of schools” or “the 1 year post season ban and the 15 lost scholarships is too harsh” again, you probably are right in this opinion.  Just as that same high school principle told you, everywhere in a society there must be rules.  Without rules, there is no semblance of order.  And the one thing that scares me more than the governing body of college sports the NCAA being too strict when enforcing their rules or punishing violators is the absence of just that.

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  • Mikjes

    I agree that the university was in the wrong and should be held to account. I hate that Butch will be held to blame for this though. It’s kind of like when I was in the Air Force and we had a pilot decide on his own to do a little mock dog fight with another jet. This was completely out of line and against the rules of engagement but he did it anyway and it ended with him crashing and destroying a perfectly good aircraft.The pilot survived the incident because he ejected safely. The point is that the military held his commanding officer at fault and fired him even though he was not even there. The pilot was suspended for a short time and then returned to flight status. The Chancelor should have fired Butch right away or not at all. Waiting until the week before practice started reeks of bailing out of a tough situation and not standing by your Coach. I don’t know what Butch was aware of, but the university vetted his choice for assistant, who there was held to account?

    • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

       @Mikjes 
      VERY good point there at the end Mikjes!  Great comparison 2 BTW.  I hate it so much but we all have to live for it.  W/O the rules everything goes MMMMMAAAAAADDDDD

  • MandMSportshow

    The issue at hand is Blake and the players who did break the rules affected the lives of many.  Think of the assistants who all were looking for jobs, the players who complied yet still suffered the consequences.  As far as going through college life poor he should research Pell grant money and how much money some of these athletes have on top of their scholarship. 
    As a student who did not have that and had a schedule about as crazy as a player on a team I cannot listen to that type of rhetoric.

    • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

       @MandMSportshow 
      you make good points man, having a scholarship and access to grants makes it really stupid for any player to claim they go through college “poor” they can get loans and live pretty comfortably and pay them back easily when they go pro.