Saturday, November 09, 2013

Hoops: Still No Decisions from NCAA on Hairston and LMac

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Gosh, Carolina just seems to have been snake bit subsequent to the 2009 title. It just seems as if, at every fork in the road, things have gone down the less-good of the available paths for them...

This Hairston situation (weed, possibly a gun, possible impermissible benefits (driving a rented car paid for by an unapproved third party)) is unprecedented in the history of Carolina hoops. There's nothing wrong with weed, of course, but it looks likely that somebody in that car had a gun. Hairston may not have known about it, of course...  But you've got to draw the line somewhere, and that's a pretty good place to draw it...

McDonald had some association with a "designer mouth guard" company, but it doesn't seem to be clear whether he approved their use of his image.

Jesus, guys, this stuff simply doesn't happen in this program...

I don't understand the NCAA, the decisions of which seem largely arbitrary to me. The Carolina football scandal--and I'm not a football fan, so I don't have the ordinary dog in the fight--didn't seem to me like a football scandal at all. It was really an academic scandal--much, much worse IMHO--that the football team took the fall for.

Other teams, of course, get away with impermissible benefits all the time, with a slap on the wrist or less... Needless to say, part of me roots for Carolina to dodge any sanctions...it's going to be a mediocre enough year as it is. But I'd rather see college sports cleaned up. Of course I'd rather it be uniformly cleaned up...but waddaya gonna do?

Needless to say, the best outcome will be that both P.J. and LMac are innocent. That'd be great, and it's the verdict I'm hoping for. But if they aren't, then so be it.

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