I recently listened to a very fine book – A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
. Irving’s signature opus was his 1978, The World According To Garp
. That phrase bounced around inside my head as I seized the Good Sports’ mic last Saturday for my weekly 60-Second Sound-Off.
Irving’s T.S. Garp was, like those 8,000,000,000 Chinese, disinterested in the on-going frustration of UNCCH trying to balance Ivy Academics with Big Time Athletics. The taciturn Dick Crum was, however, in the thick of that delicate balancing act during the 1980s.
Crum’s classic summation of that frustration echoes across the decades to describe UNC’s current brouhaha....
“Carolina wants to be Harvard during the week and Oklahoma on Saturday.”