*****They are going to be talking about one of these issues for many years to come and which one will stick? It may be one or the other, or it may be both….’Personal Fouls’ or ‘Personal Favors’?*****
from Jane Stancill at The News and Observer in Raleigh….www.newsobserver.com….
In January 1989, news broke about the looming publication of a book called “Personal Fouls” that promised to chronicle wrongdoing in Jim Valvano’s basketball program at N.C. State. The allegations on the book jacket hit like a bombshell.
Within days, the NCAA was looking into it. Within weeks, UNC system President C.D. Spangler Jr. launched what he termed “an impartial and complete investigation.”
Fast forward to the recent trouble in UNC-Chapel Hill’s football program, and now, a burgeoning academic fraud investigation into the university’s African and Afro-American Studies Department. There has been no far-reaching investigation by UNC system leaders, who have supported UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp throughout the ordeal, including last year when he fired football coach Butch Davis in the wake of major NCAA sanctions and questions about academic integrity.
That hands-off approach stings the Wolfpack faithful, who see a double standard. Grover Gore Sr., an attorney from Banner Elk and a former NCSU trustee, said system leaders are “sticking their heads in the sand.”
“It’s absolutely incredible that the president or Board of Governors have made no attempt to even investigate,” said Gore, who also served on the board of the system when it consisted of fewer campuses. “It clearly, clearly shows and proves that the president of the system and the Board of Governors, they have two rules – one rule for UNC-Chapel Hill, and another rule for N.C. State and everybody else.”
Now, the State Bureau of Investigation is looking at the African and Afro-American Studies Department to determine whether criminal conduct occurred.
“Bringing in the SBI is about as independent a look as one can get,” UNC system President Tom Ross said. “So I think what we’re trying to do is look at this carefully, and we’ll see where the SBI comes out, and if we learn more than we already know, then there may be further steps necessary. But based on what we know I think this is a much more confined circumstance than I understand was the case previously at State”…..
What do you think?????
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*****Again, from Jane Stancill at The News and Observer in Raleigh and you can read more/read all when you Click On the link above….*****All coming in from www.newsobserver.com……
+++++On Personal Fouls writer Peter Golenbock from Wikipedia.org:
Golenbock has written books about collegiate athletics. Personal Fouls – The Broken Promises and Shattered Dreams of Big Money Basketball at Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State revisited 1980’s college basketball and focused on Jim Valvano and the NC State University basketball team. The book prompted an NCAA investigation which found that free tickets and shoes issued to players were sold for monetary gain by those players. Valvano lost his position as head coach and athletic director as a result of the investigation. Original publisher Simon and Schuster canceled the book after the university protested, and the State of North Carolina threatened a lawsuit over inaccurate charges on the book’s projected dust jacket; the book was subsequently released by a smaller publishing house.+++++