BL: Obvious Solution for All Sports Scandals is

    NCAA Basketball
    BobLee
    April17/ 2018

    BL: Obvious Solution for All Sports Scandals is

    Gosh… without that picture to connect to the title one could speculate this column might be about any number of Socio-Cultural Conundrums that plague our planet and its bewildered inhabitants… from ever-rising tides to mutually assured annihilation to “one & dones”. Not necessarily in that order of magnitude.

    Contemplating “what to write about this week” ranges from the overtly absurd to the almost serious – Man’s basic inhumanity to both his fellow man and to himself.

    The Only Obvious Solution to resolving the “inhumanity” and accompanying “incivility” one to another is, of course, to drag “them” kicking and screaming over to your point-of-view. After countless millennia of trying to do just that we seem to have gained little if any progress.

    My theory of “why” that should gain favor with societal observers concerns the advent of social media in its half-dozen or so popular applications.

    Can the effect of Twitter / Facebook on Humankind be equated to losing our opposable thumbs… what once separated us from the rest of the animals, vegetables and minerals.

    A plausible theory that borders on sheer brilliance if I do say so myself.

    While you contemplate this brilliantly insightful theory… lets ratchet back to the more mundane issues of the day…

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    The latest “OH MY” FBI revelations as regards Big Time College Basketball… specifically as concerns NC State University… I’m sure my insightful analysis is eagerly awaited. Yeah, right!

    Let’s assume all who care about “this crap” know all the relevant details as reported. Let’s further assume that one’s appraisal is sorta kinda 110% affected by one’s overt partisanship as relates to “hated sports rivalries”. Overt partisanship is always the first culling mechanism in determining opinions of pretty much anything.

    I DO NOT believe… NCSU AD Frau Yow and her staff of innumerable Assistant Associates and Associate Assistants was aware of the skullduggery that Mark Gottfried and his henchmen resorted to in a desperate attempt to keep their jobs as NCSU Mens Basketball Coaches.  SHOULD they have been aware ???

    I DO believe… Gottfried et al DID indeed resort to skullduggery. Mark Gottfried arrived at NCSU with, shall we say, “baggage”. His personal life was a “hot mess” from a fidelity standpoint. His “mentor” – Jim Harrick – has enough “scarlet letter” tatts for nefariousness to challenge UNCCH’s very own Larry “Suitcase” Brown for the most nefarious college basketball coaches of the modern era.

    That Gottfried’s “zipper issues” supposedly manifested themselves in Raleigh might lead one to assume his “Harrick issues” might have too.

    Desperate men are prone to desperate measures and Gottfried’s seat was very hot as he recruited Dennis Smith Jr.

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    NOTE: What has sparked this latest trend in young AfAm athletes to add “Jr” and “III” to the backs of their jerseys? I’m not opposed to acknowledging one’s paternal heritage… simply curious how such trends evolve. The same with haircuts, tatts and how one wears one’s socks.

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    Gottfried’s successor – Coach KK – despite his initial impact as a Hoop Messiah, likewise has a notoriously shady mentor in “Tricky Ricky” Pitino. That fact seems to be of no more concern than was Gottfried’s “baggage” at a comparable time in his ill-fated tenure in West Raleigh.

    I have an “I told you so” chip in a mayonnaise jar buried in my back yard just in case.

    Khloe

    Would comparing frustrated NCSU BB fans to Khloe Kardashian vainly seeking everlasting love from an endless succession of very large black men in The NBA be unfair… and likely to generate a few nastygrams?  Probably, so I won’t write that.

    Did you know… one of Khloe’s first “NBA bedpost notches” was none other than UNCCH’s own wayward son – Rashad McCants.  There was a brief tete a tete with Rick Fox too.  Khloe knows The NBA more intimately than all the Van Gundys combined..

    Blondie assured me the fact I have just written two paragraphs about Khloe Kardashian will NOT be in my obituary.

    If Frau Yow along with Chancellor Randy were NOT aware that Gott’s Gang was resorting to desperate (and apparently illegal) measures to bring a savior to their marginally successful program… it is very conceivable that Gott thought he could hide what he was doing… should NCSU as an NCAA/ACC member institution be held liable and accountable for “what Gott did”?.

    Cal State Northridge certainly could care less.  Go Matadors!

    Yes… UNCCH loyalists could likewise claim “institutional plausible deniability” for The Greatest Eligibility Scam in NCAA History. That every UNC BBer over an 18-20 year period knew all about it along with “staff” and their partners in crime within the AfAm Studies Den of Iniquity… does not automatically prove that anyone in the Academic Hierarchy and/or “DDome Lower Level” knew about it.

    Millennials probably never heard of UNC’s AfAm-Scam?  Apparently “they” have not heard of Auschwitz or Chappaquiddick either (until two weeks ago).

    It stands to “reason” (??) that if NCSU can afford to hire as shifty a team of legal weasels as UNCCH assembled, then NCSU should likewise get off scot-free… if $30,000,000 in legal and PR fees can be considered “free”.

    Assuming NCSU does extricate itself from this current “Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Us” dilemma, and I am confident they will… what might The NCAA do going forward?

    Whatever that answer is it is certain to lack common sense and plausibility… and be doomed to abject bureaucratic incompetence.

    The NCAA is America’s most ineffective and least respected institutional entity NOT counting school boards … city councils … county commissioners … state legislatures … The Catholic Church and, of course, any/all branches of the Federal Government. Oh… and 92% of all colleges and universities including “the one you hold sacred” for whatever undefendable reason. … Oh again… and all forms of “the mainstream media”.ChickFilA

    Is Chick-fil-A the only well-run organization in America?  NOT if one asks liberal media terrorists in NYC… who seem worried that the slice of pickle atop their chicken sandwich is part of a giant Christian conspiracy to topple Gotham City… Yeeeee HA!

    Is this a great time in America OR WHAT!  …And all tied back to “social media” i.e. The Black Plague of technological advances !!

    The Only Obvious Solution:  900 words to finally get to my title subject. I think that’s a record.

    The best way to “reduce crime” is to simply:

    Decriminalize whatever activity is being inconveniently “pesky”.

    Hey, it worked with Abortion. Some states are doing it with Marijuana. BLM wants us to “decriminalize” pretty much anything a black man might do which could resolve this pesky NCAA Basketball issue as well. The number of “white guys” receiving illegal shoe money is statistically zero.

    Hellfire, The FBI / DOJ has thus far decriminalized anything / everything “The Clintons” have ever done because… (insert your own creative partisan “because” here).

    Let’s have a ceremonial Burning of The NCAA Rulebook. There can’t be rule-breakers if there are no rules to break. DUH! No college FB / MBB fan wants their school charged with any rule violations even if they are blatantly doing so… they only want “hated rivals” flogged and de-bannered… whether the hated rival is doing so or not. “Probably” = probable cause, right?

    If THAT reasoning makes sense… welcome to the Upside Down The Rabbit Hole World of Big Time Sports… and/or Politics.

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    This past week I binge-watched the Netflix series Troy: The Fall of a City … and Amazon Prime’s Bosch: Season Four. That answers your concern for why I haven’t posted a column in over a week…

    I love stuff about The Trojan War. I’ve watched Brad Pitt’s “Troy” a number of times.

    In this latest version, Zeus – Father of All Gods – is a black guy (but NOT Morgan Freeman). Who knows, maybe he (Zeus) was / is?

    Achilles

    This version’s Achilles (the Brad Pitt character) is also not only black but also bi-sexual… HOLY COW! Who knew Homer was so sensitive about 21st century political correctness?  FWIW… There is a bi-racial menage a trois scene that was NOT in the original Homeric version.   Alas, even black bi-sexual Achilles still has that “heel issue”.

    If you are a fan of the Trojans, King Priam, Hector, Paris, Helen et al… this latest recounting, alas, doesn’t end well. Actually there is aplenty of blame and shame to go round among Greeks and Trojans… Or Homer simply made it all up.

    Bosch: Season Four is EXCELLENT but requires you to have seen Seasons One-Three or at least read Michael Connolly’s acclaimed Harry Bosch novels. Harry is a gritty rogue LA homicide cop. He has a very cool house and a Life overflowing with angst.

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    • Myowngrandpaw Reply
      1 month ago

      The first game I saw Jim Harrick seated right behind the bench, I told my fellow State grad and co worker, State is in trouble. If Yow did not pick up on that, it is pure incompetence or blind ambition. Yow actually blamed Gary Williams of bad mouthing her to the point “Gottfried was the best we could get”. It went downhill from there.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Yes… I recall the Gary Williams Factor in Frau’s early days.

    • wolfdon Reply
      1 month ago

      Reply to BL:
      Didn’t mean to confuse you…I was referring to Debby of TGU…..

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        aka… The Notorious Dr. Debbie “Don’t Do Lunch” Stroman… apparently Debbie DDL is still stalking the UNCCH campus ferreting out possible evil-doers.

    • Wolfdon Reply
      1 month ago

      With regard to BL’s pointing out the imbalance of black vs. white in all areas, I think the solution is take Debbie the secretary’s view and look at the matter as being a form of reparations. We could all feel much better about things .

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        “…take Debbie the secretary’s view…” ??? Huh? I think there is DEFINITELY an “Us Against The Man” vibe in play with the recruiting process of young AfAms in FB / MBB. Otherwise known as “The Deltas Visit Otis Daye & The Knights’ RoadHouse” scene from Animal House. … “Can we dance wif yo dates?”

    • Former96Heel Reply
      1 month ago

      I am perfectly fine with the whole legalization of whatever it is that ALL of the schools and coaches do to gain favor of the gladiators, with the one caveat that the whole process be removed from the screen of being hidden behind the non-profit education system. It is financed, in part, by each and every one of us, and our government’s 100% guarantee on student loans. Sure, Alabama, and maybe State, and a few other schools have a self-sustaining financial balance sheet. How much of that is true when you remove the shoe money? How much of that holds water when people stop going to FSU games no matter how good they are, as BL pointed out in a prior column? Anyone want to bet that cable money will still be there in 20 years? Money may still be there, but it will not be from traditional network or cable TV.
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      Take the incentive away for schools to charge non-participants whatever they can and want to. Take away that I cosigned for each and every education in America. Let the slimy coaches go bid whatever they want for the best 11 year old at the rec center. Just do it under the wing of the NBA, or a minor league, or something akin to what they do in European soccer. Schools need to remove the arms race that is their athletic departments, then they may wake up and get the rest of their financial house in order.
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      Or I could wake up from my dream, and it will keep on keepin on, where everybody cheats except my team, and when they get caught, it’s only because everyone else does it.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I really need to do my column on converting Big Time College FB / MBB to a totally for-profit business with campus franchises owned by Alumni consortiums. A group of Really Big Rams own The Tar Heels … Wendell Murphy / Jim Goodnight own The Wolfpack … etc. They rent the existing facilities from the “institutions” and run the teams just as NFL / NBA / MLB owners do… drafting / buying / selling players et al. 99% of die-hard fans won’t care so long as they get to do their “bragging rights” silliness… tailgate… and live vicariously thru the gladiators.

    • Old School Foodie Reply
      1 month ago

      Replying to BL comment: …”I was enjoying a plate of meat loaf & collards at a local Golden Corral when your comment arrived.”
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      You triggered a one notch expansion in my belt, BobLee. Flung a craving on me and visited Golden Corral. Collards were pretty good. Barbecue not bad for a chain restaurant. I will go to GC once about every 3-4 months. I always try to go sometime around their veteran’s day free meal for vets. I’m not a veteran, but do respect what they do. So I buy a meal to help offset the promotion.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I live about a mile from GC’s World HQ on Glenwood Ave in Raleigh. I go 1-2/month for Sat/Sun breakfast. Less often for lunch/dinner. IMO, the key to eating at GC is self-control. Because you CAN pig-out doesn’t mean you should. Forgo the wheelbarrow approach for “just one plate” with a normal portion and it is always a pleasant experience with polite service. Not everyone seems to adopt my strategy. 🙂
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        The GC I go to shares a parking lot with a “First Watch” next door. VERY VERY different clientele frequent the two eateries. Kid & Pastor Danny would opt for First Watch. I would have to use physical force and probably a threat of redoing my Will to get my two favorite Food Snobs into a GC. Pastor Danny spends 15 minutes preparing his morning cup of coffee using a $100 bean grinder, et al. I’m a Keurig guy.

    • Doug Reply
      1 month ago

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      Replying to NCSU68GRAD
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      I really hope you and BL are right and I’m totally wrong about what’s going on in Raleigh. After reviewing my rant and 24 hours later, I’ll standby what I said but now know I failed to make another point that somewhat relieves responsibility to leadership and administration at universities when it comes to sports cheating. And that is Cheating Ain’t What It Used To Be. Maybe a future BL column even.
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      The days of a coach and player “coming to an personal understanding” have been replaced with an array of alternatives to “come to an understanding” and it is difficult for honest or well meaning higher ups to know what, when, where, why, or how is going on. It’s like uncovering a gang, cartel or terrorist cell. Too many layers of the onion to peel away enough of it to even begin to comprehend enough of it or know where to begin to act. How an honest standup guy or gal or the FBI can figure any of it out, I haven’t a clue and, oh by the way, the clueless NCAA either. My guess is the NCAA is in the same boat as most everyone else is.
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      As best I can understand (and I have much to learn) it starts in middle or even elementary school with coaches identifying potential. Then on to traveling teams, AAU teams and coaches, parents, family members, entourages, teammates, friends, shoe companies, crooks, sports agents, PR agents, rappers, runners, money launderers, financial advisors and probably numerous other equally obscure layers.
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      AD’s and school presidents in the future will need to be better equipped and less naive about what is really happening to the games people play right under their noses. The days of just paving a player’s grandmother’s driveway to get a player are long gone.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I don’t know that I am right. I don’t “know” Frau or Randy well enough to vouch for their integrity. I’ll leave that to others. IMO, College Trustees are totally clueless about any of what REALLY goes on. They are little more than jock-sniffing suck-ups.
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        “Cheating” especially in College MBB is nothing new at all. Point shaving and recruiting shenanigans go back to the 1950s.
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        What has evolved over the past 30 years is a distinct racial component. The “top recruits” are essentially all black with a high % coming from “economically disadvantaged” households … the head coaches are white … the fan bases are white … the Univ admins are white… The NCAA is white. …
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        I do believe the only way to significantly reduce “illegal crap” is simply to decriminalize whatever is illegal. “Paying the players” solve NOTHING. Cheaters will always offer under-the-table $$$ on top of whatever the stipends are. There is no such thing as “enough $$$”.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 month ago

      TECHNICAL UPDATE: We have “an ongoing issue” with the Reader Reply To Comments Function. A Reader (you) CANNOT reply to/beneath another reader’s comment. I can of course thru my Admin backdoor, but you cannot. … You CAN of course post general Comments without issue as many of you do. THAT is not effected.
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      After extensive investigation… this is due to a glitch in the WordPress Program that this website uses. Specifically in a YOAST Update. If I turn off the YOAST Plug-In I lose other necessary features so that is not an option.
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      I could switch our Comment program to DISQUS which many websites use. Actually MOST sites now use DISQUS. It would require commenters to enroll in DISQUS via Facebook, etc. I am choosing NOT to do that… at this time. It would be an inconvenience to many of you I prefer not to impose.
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      For now… if you are Replying to another Reader’s Comment simply indicate that at the Top as NCSU68 has done replying to Doug. I trust everyone can adjust to that on the occasions you are Replying To A Comment.
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      We return you now to your regularly scheduled program…. and may God Bless America.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      1 month ago

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      REPLY TO DOUG:
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      Having talked with and emailed Chancellor Woodson and AD Yow for many years (casually) and chatted with them a few times (Br. K has the lock on that)….about THINGS not athletic….I can give you my perspective.
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      AD Yow follows Barney’s creedo….”NIP IT IN THE BUD”. If you make her aware of any situation or detail that needs attention, small or monumental, she will respond in less than 4 hours and one of her “associates” will get on it and follow-up on it. I also know (third hand rumor from some very high WPC donors) that she called in Coach G and a certain EX-NCSU player when there were rumors about they and their spouses and such and laid down the law. She DID give Gott a little too much leash. However, I would put her moral compass up there with the late Billy Graham. She would, if any whisp of smoke regarding DSJ’s alleged payott, have pulled the pin and reported it.
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      Now, this is a sticky wicket. She negotiated with Adidas for a “University” contract. UNC and others allow Coach(s) to do that. She felt that she had more financial leverage for ALL the NCSU apparel and that it would help the AD’s budget (Title IX donchknow….) by having ONE contract and also not having to excuse a coach from a meeting or such when his “other” benefactor called.
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      Now, is Adidas any different from Nike or Under Armor or Reebok? Nary a clue. There have been a lot of revered US Corporations where one rogue (or department) employee violated everything but the rights of an illegal immigrant….and then the MARKET punished them….as well as the DOJ.
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      In reading (DW’s Synopsis) the WHY DID THE FBI GET INVOLVED in this whole sordid mess….it was because that THEY (FBI; Eric Holder; Loretta Lynch; President Obama, Putin….whomever) had a BUNCH of spare time and needed to keep the agents away from Comey’s little scam. Seriously, the FBI/DOJ found out about this through some clandestine snooping (DNC thought Trump was involved) and decided to go down this rabbit hole. If I were Nike or Under Armor or others, I would be doing my OWN internal investigation….with more “I will FIRE YOU IF YOU LIE” vigor.
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      Call me cynical….like you. I finally figured out that when I was getting hit with a monthly charge in my Engineering Budget for some “Worthless” research that I threw away, I was TOLD to get over it….there were certain “advantages” to belonging to this group and that eventually I would understand. I DID….when I read the WSJ article that the head of the “Research” company had been indicted for racketeering and collusion. He arranged for fastener companies and electrical supply companies to attend seminars. Funny, only the Marketing guys went and it was “technical”. They then were left in a room and they determined HOW MUCH to charge the world for their products. GE and Eaton and a whole lot of big names were indicted and paid large fines….this was circa the late 70’s and early 80’s.
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      If Adidas was greasing the skids, then Nike would have to counter or report them….and if Nike’s undies were not pristine….then you met the competition.
      I would be really disappointed if AD Yow or Chancellor Woodson were aware of this and Adidas was working the underbelly and finding the low life’s like Pitino and Gott and GOD FORBID….some of Sean Miller’s underlings.

    • Doug Reply
      1 month ago

      So, Mr Woodson and Ms Yow only release a prepared statement about the DS Jr. timeline of events and whatever other experts are needed to make it all look collectively surprising to them. No press conference or follow-up questions from “that damn Kane feller” or others so they can scrunch up their faces with shock, worry, indignation, or expressions that range from outrage to sanctimony, orating and bloviating about stuff they should’ve paid attention to and never allowed to happen on their watch. Oh wait a presser wouldn’t have revealed anything either because of the ubiquitous “we can’t comment further because of the ongoing Federal investigation” boilerplate statement everyone recites these days to avoid answering questions.

      I’d like to share your faith in Yow, Woodson etc and just blame a rogue coach or two but the timeline of a multitude of recent scandalous events, both locally and nationally, in big time college athletics leaves one skeptical. Count me in the skeptics camp. I guess I need anti-bias training.

      I’ve been to the real Troy on a trip from Turkey to Greece with some work colleagues back in the mid-90’s. Crossing the Dardanelles was more memorable. Not much is left of Troy and I was surprised at how tiny it is – at least what has been unearthed – to have produced such an epic story.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        If my memory is correct… the whole Trojan War “story” has never been authenticated. Homer wasn’t there and I recall he wrote The Iliad / Odyssey MANY years after the supposed date of The War… maybe even several 100 years.
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        I guess I’ve just always thought Randy was a stand-up guy. I’m not sold on Frau nearly as much. That she hired Gott with all his baggage was “sketchy” at best. We shall see as this onion is peeled.

    • Former96Heel Reply
      1 month ago

      Your Khloe take has me cleaning coffee off my monitor. That it could apply to the few Tar Heel FB fans as well, is not lost on me. Also know, at work, we often ask ourselves how we can’t be as smart, efficient, satisfying, and overall as great as Chick-fil-A. They really are the standard bearer for all things business in this century. I am sure many books will eventually be written comparing them to say, Subway. I cannot think of anything they do wrong, except maybe take a loved item off their menu when you have a craving. So many little things executed correctly, always producing food that is exactly what you expect, and they do it with low-wage workers who all seem happy to be there.
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      I’d love to see that lib b-school prof teach that resting on the Sabbath is good for your body and soul. Or that debt-ridden franchise owners make stupid mistakes, like shorting their labor investment when they need people working the most.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Do NOT use Starbucks as your Business Model. The latest news from Starbucks is way funnier than my Khloe stuff. The incident in Phila was a non-issue easily resolved… but NOOOOOOO! Now it is Above-The-Fold Big News…. somewhere Herman Melville & Ishmael are weeping.
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        I wish I could inform The World that I really don’t need more column fodder… I have aplenty.

    • Wolfpacker'87 Reply
      1 month ago

      NCSU Chancellor issued a Letter To Wolfpack Fans today describing all “they” have done regarding the FBI investigation. Their internal investigation has Gott Gang claiming they did NUTHIN…

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I tend to believe Randy more than I would Chanc Chihuahua in the same situation. He’s taller than she is. As I said, I don’t think Randy / Frau did know of Gott’s shenanigans… but I do believe Gott was running a scam with DSjr… but will never admit it because he doubts they can ever prove he did it. Gott has always had credibility issues…

    • Doug Reply
      1 month ago

      The obvious solution for everything, including all sports scandals apparently is unconscious bias training. Henceforth called the Starbucks Method. Makes about as much sense as going to a local Starbucks to order a grande, quad, nonfat, one-pump, no-whip, mocha. I kid you not, it’s a real thing one can order.

      As for the latest NCSU saga…..Yes, they should have known or as BK has said in the past Re: TGU, ““As far as TGU is concerned, you need to know Debbie’s NCAA staff mafia to know why I sleep well at night.”

      Or this; “As I’ve said earlier, was not worried about selection because of a very wise and mature administrative ” Institutional Control” at NC State and was not disappointed. When people ask me what I think of the selection, my answer is a mature coach with great growth potential and no NCAA impediments in sight. Happy alumnus?” Love the BLS archives!! 😉

      Oki-Dokie!

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Have not heard from Bre’r Kennel in a while. Assume he is totally immersed in Wolfpack Baseball … BIG GAME tonight versus Hated Tar Heels in Derm.
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        Bre’r thoughts re: “FBI says… Frau says.. Randy says” will likely be consistent with past adoration and total confidence in his choices of schools and politics.

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      1 month ago

      As Brother Dave Gardner once accurately observed, “Everything’s legal (in Mississippi), if you can get away with it.”

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        And in 2018 you can get away with pretty much anything and without having to be in Mississippi.

    • Bill Brockman Reply
      1 month ago

      I suspect that Coach has some reservations about the present Pope, even though he is from the SJ. You know what the first prayer is that a novice in the Jesuit order must learn, don’t you? “Heavenly Father, in your great mercy please spare me from the sin of intellectual arrogance. Which, in case you were wondering, means….”

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Coach has A LOT of reservations about the current / recent popes and the system that produced them.

    • bob hutchins Reply
      1 month ago

      For one who scoffs at a denigrates sports, you seem to be awfully attentive to the goings on therein.
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      Drop this crap and turn your not inconsiderable talents to subjects that make a damn in people’s lives.
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      Anyone stuck on sports of any kind at any place after the age of thirty has a serious mental or personality disorder.
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      Shame on you, Lenoir County!!!! Shame !!!

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Bob, to my knowledge we do not know each other nor have you commented before. I assume you are a regular reader of some extended time. That said… THANK YOU for your unfiltered comments.
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        I was enjoying a plate of meat loaf & collards at a local Golden Corral when your comment arrived. Normally I post comments received on my phone via a WordPress App then post a comment when I am back at my desktop with a real keyboard. Your comment merits a more thoughtful treatment.
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        I absolutely do share your opinion of “sports” as trivial at least the Ws & Ls aspect. That so many people of all ages and ideologies do NOT share my / your opinion DOES interest me. WHY in God’s Name do Fat Cats give million$$$ in desperate quest for “bragging rights”? Why is a $32,000,000 Indoor Practice Facility “a Top Priority” at any major university? Why this? Why that… about a subject as inconsequential as sports… college or pro. THAT does fascinate me.
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        Three topics seem to dominant the blog-o-sphere – Sports / Politics / Porn. The fascination with “porn” gets into dark psychological areas I am ignorant of. “Politics” I obviously have an interest in and strong opinions. “Politics 2018” is no longer about “politics”. It is all encompassing about America’s immediate and long-term socio-cultural future… and beyond America. Don’t know your “leaning” on that subject. “Politics 2018” permeates all the innocent socio-cultural human foibles that columnists such as Lewis Grizzard and Dave Barry used to muse about so humorously. Grizzard has been dead 20+ years. My “politics” seeps into my posts (DUH!) although I actually do try not to use a sledge hammer. I leave that to AgentPierce and Blondie.
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        I think A LOT about the points you are raising. A LOT! Sports does bore me unless I can see a “Why do humans do what humans do…” angle. As for how aware I am on “sports crap”… I can check the USAToday Sports Page and in five minutes have a column so it does not take much time. It ain’t “rocket surgery” and I know a faction of my readers will always click on it.
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        I am always considering going to a “BobLee Worldview” format eschewing sports and combining BL, AP and Blondie into one archive stream. That WILL run off a reader faction I would rather not run off. Certain reader factions I have purposely run off over the years. If you follow @BobLeeSays on Twitter, I am much more “balls to the wall” than I am here. Maybe I simply expand my “tweets” from 280 characters to 500-600 words? I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS…
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        Regardless, your frank comments are appreciated and will fuel my thoughts to keep this site entertaining if nothing else. “Saving Western Civilization” was dismissed as an objective more than a few years ago.
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        You can make suggestions here… or to my e-address at boblee@bobleesays.com. Thanks again…

        • Tracey.G Reply
          1 month ago

          FWIW… I like how you comment on sports as a cultural element of society… not as a “board monkey”. You remind us of sports’ absurdity. Just keep staying away from RECRUITING – YUCK!
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          Also, I agree with you that steering clear of sports and/or trying to steer clear of “Politics 2018” is IMPOSSIBLE today. That is a shame on so many levels but is true.

          • BobLee Reply
            1 month ago

            Thanks for the input. I am always thinking how to maximize the entertainment value of this site and stay consistent with my personality. I am developing terminal cynicism for the future of the human race and thats not “a good thing”.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      1 month ago

      Given up on how to fix the NCAA. There is no hope. Just shut it down and distribute the ONE BILLION “reserves” fund to all current and past athletes. Hire a “Jock/Jockette” Guru. Maybe Obummer could handle that job since in appointed and controlled a lot of Guru’s. THEN let them have the ill gotten gain. BUT, that ain’t gonna happen….unless we start handing out reparations. WHICH COULD HAPPEN.
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      As to Deb Yow….I think that she has been smitten and blinded by a beguiling scoundrel. Over the years, I have know (and worked for) a few like Mr. Gottfried. If he were to lay down on my sofa after his “Ink Spots Test”, I suspect that my learned conclusion would be that he is actually a “Woman Hater”. He wants to control WOMEN (and maybe BB players). His “High” or reward is just that. Sometimes it is mental and other times it hits the lower extremities. BUT, in the long run, he only wants to control the situation and that gives him an ego boost.
      Now, I do wonder how many OTHER notable coaches and such also have that “malady”. After a LOT of years of watching him coach and hearing comments from his assistants and folks that had his “Cell Number”, he reminded me of a former boss….who unfortunately I met during my formative years.
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      A brilliant individual….who was either conceived out of wedlock or due to other circumstances, was placed in an orphanage. He lived by his wit after HS with no formal education thereafter. BUT, he had the gift of gab and the ability to push the right buttons (and get a LOT of females to push his in return). He would play a game with a waitress. He would get her SO mad that she was ready to pour a pitcher of Southern Sweet Tea over his head. BUT, when he saw where her “limits” were, he would then back off and warm up and be so nice that she was cooing. They ALWAYS got a generous tip. I signed all the tabs and have put down as much as 50% to a couple….whom he got contact info from. He would comment about his mother “giving him up and not caring…” Deep seated mental scars….that followed him to his grave.
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      My DW of 52.5 years would also watch this little drama and sort of “summarized” it for me. I can see many of the traits of my old boss (the Division President) in Coach Gottfried….and he, too, would probably have passed along the Adidas booty.
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      NOTE….Coach 4 has NOT been named. I don’t know if Rob Moxley was cleared to drive when the money was changing hands…..so have NO idea who the bag person was. BUT, I DO believe that Coach G knew….and that is a real shame….
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      AD Yow has taken NCSU from around #80 in the Director’s Cup and elevated it into the top 5. She MIGHT be more remembered for hiring Gottfried than her other accolades….

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        If he (Gott) is Yow’s legacy that will be a shame but such is the biz she chose. It is high profile and every “fan” is an expert and always will be. Her advancement of NCSU Olympic Sports is noteworthy!
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        Gott will continue to “be Gott” wherever he goes… and why not?

    • Bill Brockman Reply
      1 month ago

      I believe that the technical term for your solution for dealing with the various and sundry issues you mention is that we embrace “moral relativism.” Popes St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI often warned against it. The current occupant of the chair of St. Peter appears to encourage the embrace. I believe that the previous occupants of that chair were right, but what do I know? Time will tell. I also believe that Robert Bork’s book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, was prophetic.
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      To answer the question about whether college BB has always been a sordid quagmire, perhaps it is pertinent to recall that St. Dean Smith was given the head coaching job at UNCCH and instructed to keep it clean because his immediate predecessor, the late Frank McGuire, had left town just ahead of a posse out to get him because of payola as it was then known. You could look it up.

      Cheers,

      Bill

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I DARE you to mention your concerns about “The Pope” to our mutual friend over in Beaumont TX. You will set off a Firestorm of Discontent.
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        Skullduggery and scallywaggery of all descriptions have been rampant in all areas of human endeavor since contractors submitted bids on the Pyramids, if not before. Lord only knows how bad it might have been if there was Twitter during The Inquisition ??

    • Mike.UVa Reply
      1 month ago

      Those two paragraphs about Khloe K may not make your obit.. but DAMN they were hilarious. There were a half-dozen zingers in this one… but Khloe and her NBA bedpost notches are an Instant Classic…

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I liked’em too but, alas, Blondie feels I was reaching for “low hanging fruit”. HAAAAA!

    • ENC1 Reply
      1 month ago

      With my first coaching hero Vic Bubas passing away yesterday it makes me think back to the ACC of my youth with the 1966 Duke team losing to the evil empire (Kentucky) because Bob Verga was sick. Has college basketball always had a cash flow segment…..I hope not but would not bet on it.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Thank you for bringing up Vic Bubas. I recall a popular Franklin Street rumor in the 60s that “Vic Bubas wears clip-on ties” … ??
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        Big Time College BB has always had a “dirty underbelly” from point-shaving to all manner of “$100 handshakes” and academic flimflammery.

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