Say it ain’t so Johnny, say it ain’t so……It happened a few years ago(1982) when the NCAA was coming down on Clemson and Johnny Swofford(Elkin HS) was still the AD at UNC and you won’t believe the actions taken by Swofford, as he led fellow-ACC ADs that followed, on a take-down vote of Clemson, that leaves you shaking your head and you can be sure Danny Ford never forgot that Swofford move…..The NCAA had already leveled their sanctions on Clemson back in the early 80’s and while Clemson was down, Johnny Swofford said, let’s stomp on the Tigers while they are down…..(It was almost like smacking Clemson in the face and then stabbing them in the back…..)
Chuck Oliver, at his web blog on football, has the inside on this maneuver and now the question comes up, ‘as the leader of the teams in the ACC’, how far will the Swofford hammer swing and extend, when the NCAA lays the lumber on UNC in October?????
Just a tad from Chuck Oliver that really cuts to the heart of the matter, as the NCAA had finished their findings and placed their sanctions on Clemson in 1982:
In a behind-closed-door meeting called by Swofford(then-UNC AD) and including every athletic director in the conference . . . except Clemson’s . . . the now-ACC Commissioner stated, essentially, that the ACC was a hallowed collection of academic institutions that shouldn’t be sullied by the rule-breaking of one member institution interested only in winning. Therefore, Swofford continued, all should agree that what the NCAA handed down simply was not severe enough. Even though Clemson, one of their own in the league, was at its lowest point ever, the ACC should add another year of sanctions.
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