Lissa “Nook & Cranny” Broome UNC Watchdog!

    Lissa Broome
    BobLee
    July24/ 2015

    Does “this latest one” rise to the level of Rewarding Roy for his Sgt Schultz impression? Probably not since well Roy is Roy……. and Lissa Broome is “who”.

    In her latest Edict From On-High, UNC-CH’s Chancellor Carol “Chihuahua” Folt announced the reappointment of Lissa Broome as UNC’s Faculty Athletics Representative a/k/a “Watchdog”.   “It was MY decision” declared the diminutive Madame Folt.   Yet another Foltian decision that ooooozes controversy from its every pore.

    After five years of more stumbles than Gerald Ford and more pratfalls than Chevy Chase…. UNC continues to defy the Blind Hog Rule. They NEVER manage to “find an acorn”. Aren’t the odds “sooner or later they HAVE to get something right”…? Apparently not.

    The average UNC loyalist (who continually misspells Doherty and Guthridge) likely has never heard of Lissa Broome.  Is she:

    • A mah jong partner of Deb Crowder and Burgess McSwain? Nope.
    • One of those gals that is transferring out of Sylvia’s program? Nope.
    • That BOT gal that asked Butch “is it hurting recruiting? Nope.
    • One of Bill Dooley’s “Sweet Carolines”? Not that we know of.
    • A member of Zackie Murphy’s hot yoga class? Again, not that we know of.

    Lissa Broome IS ….. a UNC Law Professor who has been UNC’s Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) since 2010.  As UNC’s FAR, Prof Broome replaced Jack Evans who was (maybe still is) known as “Dickie Baddour’s BFF”. How would you like THAT as your “known as”. OUCH!

    As FAR, ‘twas Professor Broome who – in a Pre-Wainstein Report interview with WRAL – announced

    “We’ve looked in all the nooks and crannies and I don’t think we will find anything else lurking….” Ergo, we shall refer to her as “Nook & Cranny” Lissa. ….. Not exactly a quote one expects from “a watchdog”.

    WRAL Interview – LINK

    She was right of course….. UNC’s internal investigation found NADA. Ken Wainstein apparently found a few nook and crannies that Lissa’s exhaustive search musta missed….. “just a few”. Wonder if, unlike Governor Martin, Lissa’s investigation “spoke with Coach Williams”?

    I called a few of my UNC “insiders” about FAR “Nook & Cranny”. One described her as “married to some really rich guy who has his own airplane”. ???? Another said “she and her (really rich) husband are HUGE Carolina fans and fly his plane to all the away games.” ….. I’m not sure rich husbands and private planes are valid reasons for Chancy Chihuahua to NOT reappoint her….. but the “HUGE Carolina fan” thingy might bring into question her objectivity…. or remove ANY question.JohnSReed

    As the article below notes, our pal – John Shelton Reed (JSR) – ain’t no fan of “Nook & Cranny” AT ALL. So you know 58WofKennel is going to take this latest news “unwell” as he (58WK) trusts JSR…. as well he should.

    NOTE:  I e-spoke with JSR this morning before writing this.  He is “across the pond” in Merry Olde England where one of his assignments from moi is getting a selfie with Pippa.   JSR confirms that the Herald-Sun quotes him correctly.

    As you read this news report, and sharpen your pitchfork and fuel your torch….. ask yourself – (1) Does this surprise you? …… (2) Does it really matter?   If Madame Folt had appointed “My Buddy” Art Chansky as FAR, would it matter? No. Art is, of course, not eligible as he is not on the UNC Faculty.  I’m using absurdity to illustrate absurdity. It’s a trick we Internet smart-alecks often employ in our insightful commentaries.

    I intended to avoid any cheap jokes about “Broome” but if I do one, it might keep you guys from doing them.   This “Broome” will NOT be sweeping clean but rather “stuff under the rug”.   There!

    This latest announcement simply confirms that (1) Carol Folt remains a Clueless Twit and (2) UNC’s Vice Chancellor of Spin & Obfuscation Joel Curran isn’t getting a lot for UNC’s million dollars worth of PR expertise.

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    Folt retains UNC faculty athletics watchdog

    LINK To Herald Sun Article

    Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:59 PM
    Ray Gronberg

    CHAPEL HILL —
    Chancellor Carol Folt has opted to extend the term of UNC’s current faculty athletics representative, a law professor who’s held numerous athletics-related advisory and oversight posts for much of the so-called “paper classes” scandal.

    The retention of Lissa Broome followed a review by a special committee that included four people affiliated with UNC’s athletic department, two administrators, a radiology professor and an English professor.

    Though the panel favored keeping Broome, the decision was ultimately Folt’s.

    And in answering a question about it Thursday, the chancellor signaled that she values experience in a job that makes Broome one of UNC’s point persons in dealing with the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    At other universities, faculty members who hold similar posts often serve for 15 to 20 years because of the legal complexities inherent in regulating sport programs, she said.

    Broome also is a “leader” in advocating faculty governance of athletics programs, she said.

    “All of that was extremely important to me,” Folt said. “And Lissa was quite willing to do whatever I asked.” ( OUCH … Not exactly what “a watchdog” does there Carol!

    The decision, however, drew criticism from a prominent retired professor, sociologist John Shelton Reed, who’s been a vocal critic of UNC’s handling of the paper-classes scandal.

    Reed emailed “friends” on Thursday to say the move suggests that “Folt and her advisers are either clueless or shameless” about what it will take to repair the damage the scandal’s done to the university.

    (NOTE:  BobLee is proud to be among JSR’s “friends” who received his email.)

    He appended to the message a letter he and 1977 alumnus John Powell — a venture capitalist who’s served on the board of the College of Arts and Sciences’ fundraising arm — sent officials earlier this year opposing an extension for Broome.

    The pair argued that UNC needs “new faces” in key oversight roles, and that Broome decidedly isn’t one.

    Given all that’s happened, “the most charitable hypothesis is that professor Broome trusted some people who didn’t deserve it, and if that was the case she was by no means alone,” Reed and Powell said in the letter. “Even so, we find it inappropriate that she be given the [extension] she is seeking. In fact, the honorable course would be for her to step down voluntarily.”

    A Harvard-trained lawyer expert in banking regulation, Broome has been UNC’s faculty athletics representative since 2010. She’s also been a member of the university’s in-house Faculty Athletics Committee for all but five years since 1991, chairing the panel from 2003 to 2008.

    Her tenure as the committee’s chairwoman coincided with a potential missed opportunity in late 2006 and early 2007 to uncover the scandal, amid reports of a similar one at Auburn University where athletes were padding their grades in directed-reading courses that didn’t require attendance.

    The panel was curious about whether UNC might have a similar problem, particularly with “single-assignment courses” that involved a reading and one graded paper.

    Three officials from the Athletic Department later claimed the panel was told UNC’s then-Department of African and Afro-American Studies was substituting independent-studies work for courses formally advertised as lecture courses.

    But panel members told investigators they didn’t remember any discussion “specifically about irregular courses” in African-American Studies, or any “reference to the irregular practice of teaching lecture-designated courses for student-athletes in an independent-study format,” UNC-hired investigator Ken Wainstein said last year.

    Given the lack of a paper trail on the point, there’s no way to establish the real truth, but “circumstantial evidence indicates” the athletic department didn’t give the committee “notice about the irregularity” of the classes, Wainstein’s report said.

    He added that “nobody on either side” suggested the panel heard “about the more egregious problem” with the AFAM courses, namely that a department secretary was running them and grading papers.

    Folt acknowledged arguments that UNC’s failure to uncover the scandal until 2011 must’ve involved errors of omission, at the least. But she said the school has to size up and act on the evidence

    “We’ve got issues going on, but I’m not going to mistakenly attribute the cause to the wrong people,” she said.

    Reed and Powell’s letter also faulted the evaluation process for relying on a special committee with but a single faculty member on it from the College of Arts and Sciences, “where nearly all athletes are enrolled.”

    The position of faculty athletics representative is an NCAA mandate, but the organization leaves it to its member schools to spell out the job’s duties.

    At UNC, they include helping “ensure academic integrity and compliance with ACC and NCAA rules,” Broome said, quoting the job description she wrote after taking over in 2010 from Jack Evans, a former business-school dean and interim chancellor.

    The university is facing possible sanctions from the NCAA in connection with the paper-classes scandal. Its answer to the allegations is due next month.

    The faculty athletics representative serves for an “indefinite term,” subject to review every five years. The call for a five-year review has only been in place since the spring of 2010. Broome is the first person to go through it.

    Follow Ray Gronberg on Twitter @rcgronberg

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    “The Fat Cat Shuffle”:  Oh…. in case you’re wondering “do I know”….  Yes, I do know that:  Current UNC BOT Chair Lawry Caudill is switching places with current Rams Club Chair Dwight Stone (Not the Olympic high jumper).   Dwight will now chair the BOT and Lawry chair The Rams Club.   Both will undoubtedly be vigilant “watchdogs” ….. Yeee Haaaa!

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    • PTH Reply
      4 years ago

      I had always had a great deal of respect for Jim Martin, I had a close family member who attended Davidson and he thought Martin was a good guy. I have always thought of Davidson as a model for how education and athletics should be balanced. I have always had a high regard for the people I have known who graduated from the school. Recently, however, Tom Ross and Jim Martin have dampened my enthusiam.  I thought as a politician, Jim Martin was honest, earnest and a bit naive but did a good job as governor, though somewhat moderate for my taste. His handling of the investigation, review or whatever regarding TGU was a disaster, I thought it was basically a whitewash to try to save Thorp’s job. He was/is correct in saying that as an academic scandal it was far worse than an athletic scandal, but it was both, and even us culturally starved “Wuffies” could see that. I do believe that a proper response from the UNC administration BOG, BOT, Chancellor, Governor, to acknowledge the seriousness of just the academic issues alone, with an admission that athletics had benefited then responded by instituting penalties, they could have brought an end to all this. They instead made the decision to stonewall till hell freezes over, and “ya” know it just might.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Everyone who had known Jim Martin thru his career at Davidson and his political career speaks glowingly of him in all the ways that matter. Whether he was “duped”…. “hoodwinked” …. “bamboozled” … or simply “used” by UNC; his legacy is now forever stained by this. The Martin Report will be mentioned in his eulogy / obituary. He does not have the time / opportunity to undo it.
        .
        I was there when he gave his Report to the BOT three years ago. It was “painful”. He seemed to age before our eyes as he tried to explain the unexplainable. It was like watching ice cream melt….
        .
        NOTE: I am going to repost these comments under the column about Jim Martin.

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      Now Jim Martin says he “misspoke.” Sheesh!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        “Sheesh” ??? 🙂

    • 58 wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, this is what I put on Pack Pride about 10 minutes before seeing Dan Kane’s story on Gov. Jim Martin “misspeaking”. Do with it what you want :>))

      This could be interesting. The major news of Chancellor Folt reappointing Lissa Bloome as the UNC-CH Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) is both puzzling and disappointing. That position is required by the ACC to represent each University. The FAR  carries quite a bit of power as the Chancellor’s representative.
      NC State has been fortunate to have a steady string of 5-year appointed FAR’s going back to the late ’80’s with Art Cooper and currently handled by Roby Sawyers from the College of  Veterinary Medicine. He chairs the Chancellor’s Council on Athletics made up of Faculty and Reps from ASPSA, Athletic Director, Compliance, Student-Athletes, Alumni Association, and Wolfpack Club. This is the group that has kept NC State on the straight and narrow for the past 25+ years.
      Over the past six months I have studied hard to see how Carolina could get themselves out of this mess that is hurting them, the UNC System, the ACC, and the State of North Carolina. Did some brainstorming with Bob Lee and Dr. Reed and sent a draft letter to some friends, Carolina grads, and important people who might be willing to speak truth to the TGU situation.
      A draft letter and proposed statement was sent two months ago immediately after graduation primarily to friends who had gone to school there but had definitely received a degree at Carolina (and serve or have served as lawyers, judges, governors, chancellors, writers).
      Immediately thereafter, however, the NOA arrived, SACS laid on probation, followed by a strong “prove-it-to-me” letter, the Roy pay raise/contract extension, the ignoring of Hatchell,  the Bloome reappointment, and the Titanic deck chair moves between the BOT and the Ram’s Club chairs. It may be understandable that none have taken my draft up to speak as a “conscience” for Carolina with such a moving tableau. However, something really has to be done because they are becoming a national disgrace hurting all of North Carolina.
      Attached below is the statement posed for their consideration:

      To the Editor,        News & Observer Opinion Page               DRAFT (May, 2015)

      This month over six thousand graduates received their degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . They and the new graduates of other colleges and universities carry with them our hopes for the future.

      But this month also marks the fifth year since the first of what became a series of revelations of a long term and on-going academic and athletic scandal at UNC-CH. Those five years have damaged the university, the UNC system of which it is a part, and the state of North Carolina , which the university has represented since its founding.

      We the undersigned love this great state. We are proud of this university, and we received our law degrees from this university. We also believe that this scandal has gone on far too long and that it is past time for a comprehensive resolution. So we write with sad hearts and a collective conscience on the matter.

      Any long term resolution should include apologies from the university’s Chancellor, Board of Trustees, and Faculty Athletic Council to, among others,

      (1) all alumni who have had their degrees in any way unjustly tainted;

      (2) those student-athletes who wanted a university education but did not get one;

      3) schools deprived of victories that were rightfully theirs;

      (4) sister institutions in the UNC system embarrassed by these revelations;

      (5) those who were ignored or even vilified when they spoke up about problems;

      (6) those whose taxes paid the salaries of some faculty and staff who disgraced their university.

      Apologies are also due to the students of UNC-CH and the taxpayers of North Carolina for the millions of dollars spent on public relations and damage control that could have gone for scholarships and academic programs. Those expenditures should stop immediately.

      Most importantly, any sanctions the NCAA and SACS see fit to impose should be accepted without complaint. Simply put, the university should take whatever tough medicine its actions and inaction have invited.

      These would be important steps toward rebuilding the confidence and respect which have been lost, (and the reputation that has been damaged), by the unhappy events of the past; and they could strengthen the university’s position of national leadership in the years to come. We call on responsible parties at UNC-CH to take them.

      Sincerely,            Carolina Graduate(s) with Consciencep;

       

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        My initial comments on today’s BLOCKBUSTER will be posted later tonight. Your treatise on TGU is as valid as it has always been and I mean that sincerely. Where this runaway train is headed …. no one knows.

    • Dr.Vinnyboombatz Reply
      4 years ago

      Former Governor Martin has now recanted his statement to the effect of, “This is not an athletic scandal it’s an academic scandal which is much worse”. This should give you more to go on for the next column or two.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        My first “Jim Martin now says …..” column will be posted before midnight tonight. It’s a DOOZIE!

    • 58 wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, I’ve been in Ohio for the past week and just fully read all the reports of Broome’s continuance and the rearranging of the deck chairs at the BOT and Ram’s Club. Since I sent the “Ultimate TGU Resolution” to some key people two months ago (without anyone taking the conscientious challenge), I’m putting it on the subscription board at Pack Pride (without the names of those to whom it was sent). Given that the NOA, the SACS probation ruling, the even stronger SACS follow-up letter, the Roy raise/extension, the ignoring of Hatchell, and the current Titanic deck chair game came happened after my correspondence was sent, I can understand their reluctance not to bite the bullet. The resolution needs are still the same, however. Please alert the good Dr. Reed :>))

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        JSR reads these comments regularly. Marshaling the PPride mob to “Storm The Old Well” sounds like some terrific column fodder. I’ll be curious to learn the reactions of NCSU loyalists to your plan.

    • JimBergman Reply
      4 years ago

      So will SACS count this as progress towards reigning in athletics?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I certainly wouldn’t if I was SACS.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 years ago

      Just heard from John Shelton Reed from “across the pond”.  History was made today.  JSR went to Hyde Park, mounted one of their famous “soap boxes” and read today’s column to totally disinterested passerby Londoners.  Pippa, alas, was NOT among the passerbys so his search for the Official Royal Bum continues.
      .
      He was walking down Downing Street and swears he saw Miss Moneypenny coming out of MI6.  Wants to know if she could substitute for Pippa.  I said ONLY if its the original Moneypenny, not the recent version.

       

      LIFE is good!

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      Wow. Some Friday, huh?

      Ok class, “What did we learn today?’

      TRBK: “I am the new watchdog over Athlectics/Academics.”  No, Bob. They are keeping the ol’ bloodhound. She don’t hunt, but she don’t bay much niether.

       

      CNR: ” They made a bad one for one trade. They shoulda’ shipped Stone and Caudill to Bluefield.”

      Thailand: ” 2 UNC cornerbacks got busted on our beaches. Drugs, alcohol, guns and car rentals belong in the hands of adults. Ain’t that right Cowdog?”

      NCSU68: ……,,,….,,,,……..,,,,…..,, …..

      Mary and Jay: “The terrorists got to family and friend. We’re done with Twitter. BKE fratboys went too far.”

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        You know our Comment Clubhouse too well.

    • 79Devil Reply
      4 years ago

      “After five years of more stumbles than Gerald Ford and more pratfalls than Chevy Chase….”

      Outstanding, sir.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Thanks.. 🙂 …I wanted to work in a “Rob Petrie & The Ottoman” reference but it woulda taken three paragraphs to explain it.

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      Does anyone else think that UNC needs plumbers rather than lawyers to fix the mess or that maybe they don’t want it fixed? One could also assume the insiders think there’s nothing that needs fixing. Just keep recycling the same foxes to guard the hen house.  General George S Patton, ~ “If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody’s not thinking.”

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        UNC has been in “a foxhole mentality” for quite a while. Everyone is against “us” because we are so dog-gone wonderful. I realize that is hard to believe by now; but 50 years of mainlining the TCW Kool-Aid will do it.

    • AO inGSBO Reply
      4 years ago

      That’s one yougly woman watchdog.  Hope the selfie of Pippa is of her going away.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Maybe you would prefer that “other UNC Law Professor” – Gene The Gasbag Nichol ??? Yes, Pippa does possess a world-class caboose. I told JSR my preferred view.

    • fayettewuf Reply
      4 years ago

      Every time I think, well, that takes the cake. Something else takes another cake. So the watchdog that neglected to find crannies and nooks that dwarf the Carlsbad Caverns has been reappointed. Even if it were that the watchdog was muzzled and her reports scripted by lawyers and pr guys, just for appearances sake doesn’t whoever is working Dr. Folt’s mouth realize that if you are telling SACS that you are making changes and awaiting a hammer from the NCAA, you should at least find another deaf, dumb and blind watchdog?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Of Many Taken Cakes and Deaf Dumb Blind Watchdogs… you forget that Madame Folt is well beyond Clueless.

    • Another UNC Insider Reply
      4 years ago

      Re: The Fat Cat Shuffle between Dwight Stone and Lawry Caudill…. Stone, who will be the new BOT Chair, has publicly insulted Mary Willingham.  He went ballistic on social media at Mary last year.   You can bet he (Stone) is one of Roy’s Boys for sure.  The Fat Cats pressuring Bubba to Keep Roy No Matter What surely include New BOT Chairman Dwight Stone.

      With Dwight Stone as the BOT Chair we can expect more and more “stone-walling” – pun intended.

       

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        He (Stone) is definitely on the short list of Roy’s Fat Cat Bodyguards. As him as BOT Chair, I can see several more years of sustained arrogance and self-righteousness from UNC Admins.

    • MaHa Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, when this all started I used to say if I could find my diploma I would shred it. Now I don’t even want to find it. MAHA.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        So Dougie Dibbert can take you off his Christmas Card list, huh? You are not alone MAHA.

    • JimInWilmington Reply
      4 years ago

      I’m afraid to ask but…. wonder who else was “on the short list” for Watchdog?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I did NOT see “the short list for Watchdog”; but we can assume:
        Tami Hansbrough
        John Blake
        “that former tutor doing “The Documentary”
        Dickie’s cat “Kool-Aid”
        and…. Silent Sam

    • Frank Linstreet Reply
      4 years ago

      Does THIS win the “dumbest decision so far” Award?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        If I had a nickel for everyone of those we’ve given out since Marvin Hit Send….. “so far” is such a meaningless term.

    • Lakepacker Reply
      4 years ago

      As all of us ABCers say, “This is the gift that keeps on giving”.  Martin, Chizik, and now Broome.  We just sit back and enjoy the ride.  We do not have to take pot shots.  They are hand delivered.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        You “don’t have to” but ya can’t help yourself sometimes. Hey… who am I to criticize a pot shot taker. 🙂

    • UNC Law School Guy Reply
      4 years ago

      Lissa has the personality of a Banking Law professor, is totally tight with Jack Evans who is way more than just an ex-Biz School dean, and both worship at the alter of big time sports and the NCAA.  Inconceivable that either would raise serious questions or challenge the status quo.  And both were in the middle of all of TGU and I can’t remember actually doing anything constructive other than help with circling the wagons.  You are so right about the ongoing stupidity of UNC.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        You know her lots better than I do UNCLSG. Looking like plenty more column fodder awaits.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      Once again.

      King Arthur: “…but your arms are gone!”

      Black Knight: “No they’re not ”

      King Arthur: ” Look!”

      Black Knight: ” It’s just a flesh wound.”

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Even Monty would have a hard time believing “this one”. Thats Python, not Kiffen.

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