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UNC Makes Two Unfortunate Football Hires

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No one in Chapel Hill is even pretending to care about how things look anymore. It must be kind of liberating.

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During UNC’s massive academic fraud scandal and its aftermath, one of the things we’ve talked about is how far the talk of what used to be know as The Carolina Way and the reality of what happens at UNC is.

The reality is that nothing at UNC is more important than athletics. Athletes get credit for non-existent classes and UNC shamelessly, even if correctly, resists NCAA punishment (a mildly repentant institution would not have gone to the mat to avoid being held accountable).

Larry Fedora takes the football team to significant success and rehabs its image - then struggles for a couple of years.


The general public finally understands that the football stadium is named for a vicious White Supremacist mass murderer and UNC responds by changing one letter in the stadium’s name: from William Rand Kenan Sr. to William Rand Kenan Jr. In other words, the son of the White Supremacist mass murderer didn’t find his father’s actions offensive enough to not name the stadium after him and UNC doesn’t find that offensive enough to take the name off entirely.

That should be enough to make our point but UNC keeps underscoring it in different ways. The latest:

Mack Brown has hired two coaches linked to the WakeyLeaks scandal.

If you’ve forgotten, Louisville football got copies of Wake’s plays and used them to beat the Deacs in 2016.

But it’s no surprise at this point.

After all the humiliation the university has put itself through, after all the ludicrous actions to protect athletics (although not usually athletes), nothing at this point should be a surprise.

So of course we’re not surprised that Roy Williams came out firmly against Silent Sam, an inanimate object that was dedicated at UNC with a racist speech by Julian Carr, but didn’t have a peep to say about the football stadium.

Why would we be? UNC’s priorities are perfectly clear. Anyone who still buys the happy talk is certifiable.

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