As any taxpayer should, I follow the ever-expanding athletic/academic scandal at UNC with great interest. I personally believe that the reporter Dan Kane is demonstrating a rare skill in this day in age: True investigative journalism. I applaud his work and truthfully, he should be on his way to a Pulitzer for his work.
A common theme over at the N&O is for each story that is published online, a flurry of Comments roll in. And when you read them, it is clear that there is no shortage of UNC apologists still out there defending this disaster of a scandal to the end.
Now, obviously, the UNC apologists are a one of four factions that have emerged. First there is the ABC crowd, relishing in the exposure of an arrogant UNC institution willing to screw Joe Public to have their way. Then there are angry taxpayers who are witnessing the abuses of tax dollars that are ongoing at UNC. Then there are the many UNC alums and supporters who have had enough of this and want it fixed, no matter the harm done to UNC brand. And then there are the UNC apologists who – in the face of a mountain of evidence exposing their beloved university for what it truly is (a win-at-all-costs university) – continue to defend the indefensible.
It is this last group that astonishes me. In this recent offering, Meeting minutes don’t confirm Martin report in UNC academic fraud scandal the comments are again filled with UNC supporters who try to divert the conversation in any way possible, may taking aim at the N&O reporter (I know, kill the Messenger).
Sigh…these posts ripping this reporter or defending this university and its criminal supporters, reveal that there are a ton of people out there that have no desire to know the truth and underscores the very issue going on at UNC. The desire to be able to say how great UNC is overshadows the point of college athletics in the first place. Why would you want to “win” if victory is bought? Cheated for? I don’t understand your ilk. Jump the reporter, right? Good Lord, you would hope that the highly-regarded J school at UNC would be holding this reporter up as an example of what should be done. Investigative journalists should investigate to find the truth. No matter how long it takes, no matter what the end. You rip this guy yet, outside of that bubble around UNC (and I include all of the UNC grad-dominated news outlets in NC) real investigative journalists with no skin in this game, applaud this man’s work. Why? Because this scandal stinks to high heaven and now with the Martin report included, has all the elements of a freakin’ international spy thriller. Good ol boys flexing every muscle possible – financial, political, academic, legal, etc. – to ensure that UNC is protected and for what? Really…at the end of the day, for what? So a bunch of fat cats with UNC ties can rib their other fat cat friends over whether or not UNC is better than State or Duke? Really…? Pathetic on all counts.
That Gov. Martin would expand this disgrace to the highest level, demonstrating that his title can be purchased by his UNC cronies to lend some perceived legitimacy to UNC crafted story, is a complete slap in the face to NC taxpayers. Outside of North Carolina, people must be thinking, “What kind of state are you guys living in?” That this much energy and money would be poured into trying to cover up this disgrace is telling given some of the dire needs that exist in the state. What price glory?
I think we know – at least to the UNC apologists, the BOT, the BOG, the former Governor, the Chancellor, and frankly any alum that supports this approach. If you love your university, start with honesty, followed by some humility, so remorse, and then maybe some determination to make things better…make things right. Bet many of the people behind this tuck their children in to story of honesty, doing the right thing, and you know…’it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game”. Alas, they cannot bring themselves to live by what they preach.
And for the real kick in the ass from all of this. Not only should the NC taxpayers be able to receive compensation for this crime (and it is a crime), the behavior of the UNC brass (BOG, BOT, legislature etc.), to me legitimizes the many decades of concerns expressed by the Pirate Nation that UNC and its powerful tentacles will stop at nothing to effect desired outcomes. Think back to Leo Jenkins’ days at ECU. We all know what the UNC cartel did in regards to the Med School…what else has been done? Is ECU due reparations? Seems to me that when Kane finishes this one, perhaps he should begin investigating what other matters the UNC cartel has been concerned with over the years?